Photograph by Emma Jenkins
If you’re in the mood for brunch, but don’t really want stuffed French toast, Quan Hapa’s okonomiyaki has the savory flavor you’re after. Okonomiyaki derives from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like,” and yaki, meaning “cooked.” And this dish is definitely, at the very least, “what you like, cooked.” It’s also perfect for sharing with your lucky brunch companion.
The House Okonomiyaki, otherwise known as a Japanese pancake, is layered with tonkatsu sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, bacon, and green onion, and topped with a sunny-side-up egg. The base is made with a combination of pancake mix and shredded cabbage, cooked crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. When cut through the yolk, the egg adds a creamy balance to the dish, complementing the crunch of the bacon and green onion. You’ll also notice a hint of tang from the tonkatsu sauce in each bite. Together, the ingredients make a hearty plate of sweet and savory, crunchy and creamy. Looking for a side? The sesame waffle fries and spicy ketchup are a perfect pairing. Now, you can stop what you’re doing and invite that friend to brunch.
Quan Hapa, 1331 Vine Street, (513) 421-7826, quanhapa.com