Sometaro is an old-school okonomiyaki shack just a few minutes away from the main tourist area of Asakusa. Be warned: there’s no air-conditioning, so it gets super hot in the summer.
Sometaro - image © Florentyna Leow
‘Okonomiyaki’ is a mouthful of a word that means ‘cooked as you like.’ It most commonly refers to a savory pancake-like dish consisting of ingredients held together by a thick batter, though styles do vary by region. It’s also often mistranslated as ‘Japanese pizza,’ which is quite a misnomer.
While okonomiyaki is often considered a West Japan dish, there’s a great little place in Asakusa to get your fix. Sometaro has been dishing up tasty okonomiyaki since 1937 from a small wooden shack down a side street in east Tokyo.
Sometaro is popular with locals and tourists alike, and there’s an English menu with pictures that makes ordering much easier. If you’re not familiar with cooking okonomiyaki on the grill by yourself, you can either follow the instructions provided or ask your server to show you how when the ingredients arrive.
Little has changed in the last few decades, including the lack of air-conditioning. It can be sweltering inside the restaurant during the summer months, and Sometaro even puts up an English sign warning potential guests of the fact. Don’t worry - it adds to the atmosphere.
2-2-2 Nishiasakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0035
Possible for 3 or more people on weekdays only
Subway: 4-minute walk from exit 3 of Tawaramachi Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line.
Train: 5-minute walk from exit A2 of Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express line.
:: Read customer reviews of Sometaro on TripAdvisor.
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