Teppan Baby is a large Hiroshima okonomiyaki-specializing restaurant in the Kabukicho district of Shinjuku, Tokyo. The place is very popular for its good, reasonably-priced food and its beautiful interior.
They have English menus available so it is also foreigner-friendly. Below we'll introduce a popular course and some of the okonomiyaki you can get there.
Course Meal With 2-Hour All-You-Can-Drink
If you're not sure what to order, the course many with nine items could be an interesting choice. For about ¥4,000, you get to taste a variety of Hiroshima specialties, and in addition, the course includes 2 hours of free-flowing alcohol! You can have cocktails, beer, and there are plenty of choices for Japanese kinds of alcohol (sake, shochu) too.
The okonomiyaki served at Baby is the Hiroshima-style one, which means that, unlike the more common Osaka-style okonomiyaki, the ingredients are layered, it has plenty of noodles in it, and you don't cook it yourself.
Here is what you can get in terms of okonomiyaki at Teppan Baby. Prices do not include taxes.
This okonomiyaki has as toppings lots of leeks and an egg yolk.
You'll find squid and shrimp as the seafood for this one.
Low-Carb Noodles (¥1,080)
The name says it all. For people on a low-carb diet, this one is for you!
They also have a gluten-free option for the same price.
Basil & Cheese (¥1,280)
Melting cheese in an okonomiyaki is just irresistible. With the basil, this one kind of has an Italian pizza taste.
"Tororo" Or Japanese Mountain Yam (¥1,280)
This interesting okonomiyaki has grated mountain yam topping, which is another Japanese specialty. Many people love this for the viscous texture.
Baby Queen (¥1,880)
This is the restaurant's recommendation. The Baby Queen consists of avocado, shrimps and scorched mayonnaise as main toppings. The combination is spot on!
Plum, Perilla, Baby Sardines (¥1,580)
This one has crunchy chunks of Japanese pickled plums, white baby sardines, and Shiso (perilla herb) as toppings. This is a very traditional combination of taste that you should try!
They serve a few other okonomiyaki and there are plenty of side dishes for less than ¥1,000. Try the "dashi maki tamago" pictured above. It's a kind of Japanese style omelette that is packed with umami because it is made with a kind of concentrated savoury soup stock called "dashi".
Teppan Baby is one of the popular okonomiyaki restaurants in Shinjuku but there are many other good ones. See the link below for other good options.