Abeno, Bloomsbury London

Vixxy P rating:  P P P P P

After living in London for 8 years I finally get round to going to one of the first restaurants that was written on my ‘to do’ list. Boy was it worth the wait. Looking for somewhere a bit different for an informal celebratory meal we walked in without a reservation but the smiling waitress who greeted us must have worked some magic as miraculously a table appeared for us to have.

We had no clue how the menu worked and looked to our smiley waitress for guidance, she guided us through and gave us some history background as well as recommending portion sizes and what else to order.

Okonomi-yaki is a Japanese savoury pancake that is made in front of you on your table (which has a massive hot plate in the centre!). From what I have briefly researched it originates from two key areas, Kansai and Hiroshima and is a batter mix made with vegetables and served with a number of different meats/fishes or additional ingredients. All I know is that it is amazingly tasty and super fun! Don’t be fooled, the portions may look small but you come out feeling stuffed!

Prices: Okonomiyaki £15.95 – £49.95, Sides £2.80 – £12.90, Desserts £2.80 – £6.50

Great for: Something a bit different

Vixxy P’s Menu faves: 

Buta Kimchi Itame (Pork Pelly stir-fried with beansprouts, spring onions and kimchi, absolutely delish!)
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Goma-ae (if you are up for something a little different try these! Our waitress told us it was like the Japanese Marmite – I think she means that some people love it and some people hate it!… Go on, try it! They are certainly not gross but definitely interesting!)IMG_2805

Natsu-no-Omoide (this was a summer limited edition Okonomi-yaki but if they have it, then try it, it was so tasty and the veg really gave it a real edge compared to my dining companions which were just meat based)

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Contact Details:

Address: 47 Museum Street, Bloomsbury, London, W1D 3RP

Telephone: 0207 405 3211 (reservations recommended)

Website: http://www.abeno.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abeno.okonomiyaki

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Abeno_Okonomi

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