Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Mr Young Men in Kyoto: Okonomiyaki/Yakisoba
Does this look like a mess? Well, it's a tasty mess. Combo dish of yakisoba (fried noodles) and okonomiyaki (the Kansai dish that defies definition - it's like a cabbage-omelette pancake with any myriad number of ingredients within, like pork, shrimp, squid, cheese, asparagus, etc). Very generous topping of bonito flakes here.
Arrives piping hot on a skillet - the yakisoba is well-charred (but not burnt) in some places, giving it a slightly crunchy bite. I must say I quite enjoyed the dish, it did taste a lot better than it looked. Wish we had our separate portions instead of sharing.
We took the "lunch set" (I think only about ¥790) although it was dinner time. It gave us the okonomiyaki-yakisoba combo with a couple of onigiri (rice balls) and hot miso soup. The onigiri was a bit too mushy for my liking though.
This was nice and comforting. Heck, after a long day like our first in Kyoto, anything was nice and comforting. (Kyoto's city area itself surprisingly turned out to be quite ugly and underwhelming).
We found Mr Young Men right at the entrance of the Teramachi covered shopping alley near the Shijo-dori side. They're actually listed on the Wikitravel Kyoto page. It's a small joint, so don't expect much in terms of ambience. Just somewhere casual and fun in spirit. Overall fairly inexpensive.