We wanted to try Oden - it was described as being similar to the Southeast Asian "Yong Tau Foo",
so where better to pay a visit but Otafuka, where they have been dishing out their version of hot broth since 1915.
Here's a photo of the restaurant tiny entrance, squeezed between two car parks, it was so easy to miss! We walked past it twice despite using Google maps!
I did not know what to expect as it was our first time eating Oden. We were served starters, an oden pot for two and chopsticks long enough to reach one another. Our wee pot consisting of a variety of tofu, sardine balls, fish cake, konbu and other slow-simmered goodies.
The staff hardly spoke any English but they did have an English menu. From observation of the neighboring tables, the menu was used to order extras - if one fancied more fishcake, specials like Koro (skin of whale), sake and dessert.
It was a very comforting experience and I would love to go back for more.
Address: 1-6-2 Senzoku, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03 3871 2521
No English spoken but they did have an English menu.
Reservations recommended. Dinner only.
Visited 17 April 2013