Thanks for the heads-up. We went a couple nights ago. They’re still in “soft-open” mode through 1/10.
Alll our menu had were about eight variations of Hiroshima-style oko, J-style dan dan main, Hiroshima-style tsukemen and drinks (alcohol already available).
The kitchen is dominated by a large hot plate where multiple okonomiyaki are prepared. The traditional cast iron serving plates are also warmed on the cooking surface. The kitchen staff is currently headed by a couple of chefs who are from Japan.
We ordered the Chinmchikurinyaki, the Hiroshima and the Classic in large sizes. If one isn’t familiar with Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, a huge portion of noodles similar to that found in yakisoba is layered into the “pancake.” With all the other ingredients layered in, “gut bomb” may come to mind for many.
We thought the food was pretty good. My criticism would be the noodles. The noodles were too toothsome for me and had a soda taste. Otherwise, the product is pretty spot-on.
The service is still a little rough - our server spoke very little English - if you didn’t speak at least a little Japanese, communication can be trying depending on the roll of the dice.
We will go back once the full menu is offered and the operations get on their feet. Chinchikurin seems to be well received so far. We were on the wait list for 40 minutes - the place was packed. It is getting an initial five stars on yelp - whatever. Gjusta gets three and a half - go figure.