Updated: May 25, 2017
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Japanese Food You've Never Heard Of: Monjayaki in Asakusa

Chances are you've already know of Osaka's popular dish Okonomiyaki, but have you ever heard of Monjayaki? Monjayaki is Tokyo's version of the famous Osakan dish. Fried on a hot grill at your table, you use tiny little spatulas to eat this cheese-like pancake batter! Asakusa has plenty of options to try it too!

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Tsukushi つくし

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Founded over 40 years ago, Tsukushi serves up authentic Monjayaki, as well as old-time favourites like okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and plenty more to choose from. Popular with Japanese celebrities, this is one place you have to eat at after you visit Sensoji. It's just a few minutes walk from Sensoji shopping alley, and on the west side of the park.
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Matsuri Bayashi 祭ばやし

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Just a 8 minute walk from Asakusa station, grab your friends grill up some Monjayaki on the teppan grill! If you've never tried Monjayaki before don't worry, the staff here are super friendly and will teach you how to cook it.
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Oh and I should mention, they do an "All you can eat" Okonomiyaki and Monjayaki on weekdays, Monday to Friday!

Edo Monja Hyotan 江戸もんじゃひょうたん

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Edo Monja Hyotan is one of the classic Monjayaki restaurants in the Asakusa area. The dish sizes a comparably larger than some other the places in Asakusa - hence its popularity with foreign guests. Its about a 5 minute walk from the station towards Sensoji temple.
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Tsurujiro つる次郎

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Only a 3 minute walk from Asakusa station Tsurujiro is a super foreigner-friendly place for Monjayaki. The staff are really attentive and provide an excellent service cooking the food up right in front of you! There's also an English menu to order from. The menu also includes an easy step-by-step guide for cooking Monjayaki!
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OCOMO

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Your first thought as you enter the restaurant is that you've teleported to a Balinese resort... but serving up traditional Japanese food. The design actually works quite well and gives off a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy a couple of drinks and a nice meal.
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"You had me at mayonnaise hearts"
There's plenty on the menu, including this beautifully designed mayonnaise heart okonomiyaki. Also, try the cheese Monjayaki - it's super cheesy and is one of the most popular dishes. It's about a 10 min walk on the far side of Asakusa station, but don't be detoured by the distance 'cos this place is a must visit!

Rokumonsen Honten 六文銭本店

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Expect some traditional down-to-earth pub style food at Rokumonsen in Asakusa. They have a whopping 100+ items on their menu, meaning you can come back time and time again and try something new.
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Their most popular menu item has to be the Camembert Cheese Monja. Debuting in 1998, it's been a favourite amongst locals and visitors ever since. Once the cheese melts, you can sprinkle tabasco sauce on top to make a Italian-Japanese fusion monjayaki!
Jonathan
I've been traveling and eating my way around the world! Now I'm in Tokyo to share all my favourite spots! I spend my time traveling, surfing, hiking, camping and eating amazing food! My favourite Japanese food...Agedashi Tofu!

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