Dohtonbori

G/F Main Bldg., SM City North EDSA, EDSA cor. North Ave., Quezon City, Metro Manila

Dohtonbori
4.3
4.5 Stars

35 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 15
  • 4 stars 15
  • 3 stars 5
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 39 Reviews
  • 56 Recommend
  • 35 Reviewers
Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Reopens: 10:00a - 9:00p
Phone
+6323724576

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Ruth D.
3.0 Stars
5

It breaks my heart to give Dohtonbori 3 stars. Mostly because of poor service. They were slow, one server got an order wrong, and they violated RA 10909/No Shortchanging Act.

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Jomarie A.
5.0 Stars
8

TL; DR: Dohtonbori SHOULD BE your go to place for authentic okonomiyaki, and is also a good option for other traditional Japanese favorites like the monjayaki! Want to know more? Read on! ⤵⤵⤵

The time has come for the much awaited meet-up with my high school best friends, M and C! 127882 We chose to have dinner in SM North Edsa yesterday, since I still had to work until 6PM and it's the closest mall, coming from the office.

We chose Dohtonbori because: we love Japanese food, we're all curious about the food and their unique way of presenting them (raw at first, then they will cook everything in front of you -- so make sure not to come here if you're starving, as food takes quite a while to be prepared), and because Josh's Japanese colleague recommended this to him, too (so it muste be legit). 128541

Here's what we got, and the order in which they were prepared in front of us:

✔ MIX YAKISOBA (Php 330) - 11088110881108811088
It was served as a plate with all the toppings (pork, squid, shrimp, octopus, vegetables) together, and another bowl containing the noodles. The serving size of the toppings was so big! I initially thought it was 70% toppings and 30% noodles. 128586 Alleli (our server) cooked the toppings first, then proceeded to add the soy sauce-like sauce, and the noodles. This was cooked in no time, so we ate this as she prepared to cook our other orders. The finished product had a huge serving size, good for 3 people to share. 128076 The noodles were al dente, and I love it! The toppings were plenty, and they all tasted very fresh. However, she might have put in too much of the sauce, as it gets really salty as you eat it. 128542 Maybe next time, we'd have to request for less sauce in this noodle dish.

✔ DELUXE OKONIMIYAKI (Php 360) - 1108811088110881108811088
Next in line was their supposed bestselling item, the Deluxe Okonomiyaki. We were disappointed when Alleli told us that the Kiwami Pork Okonomiyaki was unavailable, and suggested this instead. 128557 We felt better when we saw the bountiful toppings, and felt excited to try this. She even explained to us how long each side should be cooked to achieve that optimum doneness. After waiting for around fifteen minutes, the beautiful Japanese pancake was set before us, ready to be devoured! The taste of the toppings aren't that distinct, (aka, I was not able to say, "Oh this bite has pork!" etc) but there was a certain freshness to them. I love how their okonomiyaki is not floury nor bready (unlike some of the ones I've tasted before), and was not cloying, too! Best eaten when hot 128076 They also provided bonito flakes, crushed nori, and Japanese mayo, if you deem the ones sprinkled on by your server are not enough for you. You may also opt to add Php 90 for rice and miso soup, but we skipped this since we had the yakisoba already.

✔ 4-CHEESE MONJA (Php 260) - 1108811088110881108811088
Monjayaki originated from downtown Tokyo. It is a watery paste in its raw form, but has a sticky texture once cooked. Alleli told us this is meant for pica-pica, and is best paired with beer. Since we don't drink, we just enjoyed this on its own. She started off by pouring the batter onto the griddle, and started to skillfully and quickly mix it in, using her two big spatulas to cut the ingredients and spread them out evenly. The cooking process is quite noisy, and other customers were all looking to our direction! 128584 After a few minutes, it was ready, and we were given mini spatulas to scrape the monja fresh from the griddle. It was so fun to eat, and it tasted awesome! The chesses blended well with each other, and the slightly sticky texture was a welcome variation, compared to the thicker and softer texture of the okonomiyaki. Like what M said, it is a Japanese version of the cheese fondue. 128525 Very addicting--A must try! 128076

Most of their serving sizes are for sharing, and are actually quite affordable! I love how the food is freshly prepared on your table, although after a while, it might get a bit warm, and your faces will get oily eventually. 128513 Their serving style also allows their friendly servers to interact more with the diners, and I love how professional but fun our server, Alleli, is! We talked about so many things, she was practically part of the group last night 128541 She even waited patiently for me to finish taking photos of the food, both raw and cooked. Impeccable service coupled with good food is always a formula for return guests! 128076

Ambiance was just okay. I've seen photos of their UP Town Center branch, and I feel like this branch lacks in the authenticity of the decor. It has more of a chill, hole-in-the-wall type of ambiance, which in hindsight, wasn't really that bad.

We will definitely come back to try their other dishes, especially the Kiwami Pork Okonomiyaki, a must try (according to Josh). Hooray for good Japanese food! 128158127884

#NewRestofindsWithFriends
#EatDrinkSplurge

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Alyssa Denise M.
5.0 Stars
5

Have you had those moments where you have prejudiced a resto only to be proven wrong? That happened to me. I always wondered what made this restaurant so special. I always thought nothing's special with okonomiyaki. However, on this day, my boyfriend decided we try this place. I am so thankful for that decision. The place had 2 other rooms beside the main hall (?). I thought we were going to sit on an Indian sitting position but was glad to find out there was room below to spread your legs. I was worried because my bf has a rod on his hip and couldn't bend much and sit for a long time in Indian sitting position.

Tip, if you are already very hungry, order a non-okonomiyaki place. Each would take probably up to 10 minutes to cook. They are cooked in front of you and your mouth would savor. My boyfriend ordered the mixed okonomiyaki that has mostly seafood. It tasted like a big takoyaki but I loved it. 128557 The noodles were tonkutso yaki ramen. They also tasted good, filled with vegetables and pork. I actually thought it has soup since I was craving for hot soup. I was still happy despite getting a different order. We would probably even fuller if it was noodle soup. At the end, we were so full. We only shared 2 orders but damn that was good.

They also have rice, but this is a separate order. Rice is 60 Php and an added rice and miso soup combo is 90 Php. We were good without it. The table next to us ordered 1 okonomiyaki and had rice and soup instead. Drinks are expensive. A can of soft drinks is 65 Php. Though they do have bottomless options for 90 Php and iced tea is 120 Php. They also serve alcoholic drinks (probably Japanese brands).

I wish I could try more. I would love to come back. We were lucky enough to be seated (we arrived quarter to 12). After we ate, there was a line waiting at the outside already. I have been proven wrong by this resto. This was so good I'm excited to come back. 128525

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Angelo A.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Leslie Ann B.
4.0 Stars
5

Really enjoyed the Okonomiyaki experience. A must try! 128076

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Julie L.
4.0 Stars
3

After our errands, my parents and I had an early dinner at Dohtonbori. Since we were all hungry we ordered rice bowls instead.

We ordered:
Katsudon (260PHp)
Gyu-don (260PHp)
Ten-don (380PHp)

Their serving size was generous and it tasted good.

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Jennifer Mikka M.
4.0 Stars
5

First timers! Since mahilig ako sa takoyaki, panalo to hehe! Nice interiors and attentive naman yung staff. Kaso muntik ng magkamali ng serve samin ng food and dahil chismoso kami, narinig rin namin pati sa kabilang table. Good for 2 yung isang serving ng okonomiyaki pero dahil matakaw ako, feeling ko kaya ko siyang ubusin magisa kahit may rice nako haha! Daming selections, will be back, hopefully magopen na yung MOA branch nila :)

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Ig Plummer S.
4.0 Stars
3

Another Japanese food that I liked. I was so intrigued what Okonomiyaki is so I finally had the opportunity to try it. I forgot what I ordered but it was the one with mozzarella and it costs P240. The service was really good and the staff are very friendly. This was a good okonomiyaki experience.

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Kitkat G.
5.0 Stars
5

Dohtonbori in Osaka is the most awesome place to binge on takoyaki, okonomiyaki, ramen and everything drool-worthy #japaneats. So we finally decided to try this restaurant in the bustling SM North Edsa.

The place welcomes you to the splendor of Dohtonbori. Interiors were cool. There was even a special room where you can sit on the floor. The waiters were friendly and helpful with the menu.

Here's what we ordered:
HIROSHIMA OKONOMIYAKI
I love this dish! Good for 4. Of course, they cook it infront of you. You see how all the ingredients come together. It is amazing to watch and the taste is just wow 128523 So worth the price.

PORK YAKINIKU
The pork was tender and I love it with steaming white rice (haha)

KATSUDON
This probably is the best katsudon I have ever tasted. It was not nakakaumay and it was superbly tender.

MIKAN ORANGE & GREEN APPLE
The waitress suggested that we try the Mikan Orange which tasted like Royal with a hint of spike BUT the Green Apple was way better.

All in all, I highly recomment this restaurant. Will try other dishes on our next visit. Can't wait! 128522

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Rissa C.
4.0 Stars
4

Dohtonburi, originally from Japan, offers a fantastic ambience and delicious, reasonably priced food.

The store is decorated with all sorts of Japanese toys, making for a playful vibe all around. There's a little area for people to sit in the "traditional" style, with tables close to the floor. There's also another area lit with Japanese lanterns.

Now, for the food. The okonomiyaki is prepared right in front of us. We see the server (great service btw) prepare the ingredients right before our eyes: okonomiyaki pancake sauce, egg, cabbage, yakisoba, meat, Japanese mayo, bonito flakes and seaweed powder. It was my first time eating this dish and I really liked it! It was pretty heavy, though, good enough for three people.. I regret not trying other dishes, as well, though. I'd definitely visit again!

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Benjie G.
5.0 Stars
6

Because its a different twist of Japanese cooking and great food ... I gave 5127775.

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Denise R.
4.0 Stars
8

I've always wanted to eat here ever since I saw their huge banner in SM North. Dotonburi is one of the places I visited in Japan and loved, and it was quite intriguing that a restaurant of the same name was to open in said mall.

So today, my family and I had the chance to try Dohtonburi out. We had to wait for quite some time before we were seated, but it was okay. Their staff stationed in the entrance was very warm and accommodating. One other thing I appreciated was when one of their servers suggested that we may want to get other items from the menu apart from the Okonomiyaki. She informed us that one order is sufficient for two, and there may be an "umay" factor if we only eat the Okonomoyaki. Very transparent and proactive, and knowledgeable of their food and what customers may or may not like.

As recommended, we ordered their 3-meat and Cheesy Pork Okonomiyaki, and one Yakosoba dish. We were then seated and a server/cook introduced us to the basics--the available condiments and what they were for, what our orders were comprised of (ingredients) and how she was going to cook them, etc. Then she proceeded with actually cooking our orders, incorporating the flavors, and serving them to us, right off the pan. Super cool!!! Only downside was that our clothes and hair smelled like cooked Japanese food afterwards.

To be honest, I'm giving this almost-perfect score primarily for the whole unique and authentic experience, amazing customer service, and look and feel of the place. The taste of the food was good, but not eye-poppingly WOW. Probably because I wasn't that hungry, or I'm just not a fan of Okonomoyaki.

Our dinner cost us around PHP900--not bad. There were other more cost-efficient options (ie., the Butatama pork was only PHP199!), which I may try out in my next visit. Needless, will definitely eat here again in the future 128522

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Karla C.
3.0 Stars
4

Excellent service!!! The servers were very pleasant and accommodating. They seem to know their products well. The food though fell short of my expectations. I ordered the 3 meat Okonomiyaki. It was not worth the anticipation (you have to wait around 30 minutes for the food to be cooked in front of you so don't go here if you are starving). That was one of their best sellers and it tasted just like a humongous takoyaki. My companions were happy with their orders though so I wouldn't mind going back to try their other dishes.

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Hannah V.
5.0 Stars
2

The restaurant atmosphere was cool and great, *very japan-nice* you can feel the Japanese theme of the place. Servers were very friendly and approachable. They are willing to cook for you instead if you cannot cook your own. I got to *chitchat* a bit with the server and told me that Okonomiyaki is usually called a *Japanese pancake* but the word actually means as "what you like" (okonomi) and "grilled" (yaki). Okay! Service was excellent.
I ordered their cheesy pork okonomiyaki okonomiyaki (240PHP) and it was very delightful. *super yummy* The okonomiyaki is topped with flour, cabbage, seaweed flakes, japanese mayo and bonito. Ramen tonkatsu (290PHP) was also good. will definetely come back for more!!!!128513

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Roy T.
5.0 Stars
6

A superb experience as usual. Very friendly, accommodating, and prompt servers. I think they have close to a 1:1 server table ratio. Good job to their team!

We dined here last night and we're seated fast, yehey!

We ordered: Deluxe Okonomiyaki and Dohtonbori Pizza

Both were really really good! The usual yummy okonomiyaki I tried before. It was my first for the pizza, and I also liked it. It had four big and thick slices of pork bacon, the cabbages, an egg, and the kewpie mayo. You have to wait at least maybe 10 minutes for this to be cooked.

Paired these dishes with the CHU-HIGH, an alcoholic drink mixed with various fruits. I got the Green Apple and at 9% alc content, it was a good drink!

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Jen S.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Midz S.
3.0 Stars
3

First, the line was long for this restaurant. At around 5pm we decided to have our names listed on the waiting list, and we were the 7th in line. But after 15 minutes we were able to take our seats, yay. Second, thumbs up to the staff for being so friendly and helpful. Really good service. Third, of course it's a nice experience to cook your own okonomiyaki, but after awhile you'll start to feel the heat, and will wish that your food will finish cooking soon. Fourth, it all goes down to taste. Honestly, I didn't like the taste of the okonomiyaki. It just tasted like a big takoyaki (I don't know if it's supposed to taste like one). Nakakaumay. I guess it just didn't meet my expectations (btw, I was expecting something like the okonomiyaki I ate from a ramen place I visited earlier this year). Overall, I can say that it's a good experience, and at least the service was good, but if you were to ask me if I would come back to this place, then my answer is no. Word of advice, if you're going to eat with your friends, don't order a lot of okonomiyaki (since this is really good for sharing). Perhaps an order or two will suffice, then just choose other dishes (the kalbi yakiniku tasted okay as well, but be prepared for the small serving).

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April G.
4.0 Stars
3

Love okonomiyaki! If you've never been to Osaka, you can get your fix here.

Order your chosen mix--- mixed, 3 meat, seafood, etc. So many to choose from.

You can follow the instructions for cooking it on your own at the teppan or have someone make it for you.

I reco for first timers to have it cooked for them. It'll look better. 128518

Most of the items on the menu are cooked on the teppan, but they have ramen and donburi for those who can't wait to eat.

Was sad their gyoza was of the frozen kind.

Prices are reasonable.

Pro tip:

Don't eat here if you'll have somewhere else to go. The smell sticks to your hair and clothes.

Don't eat here if you're pressed for time. It takes a while for the food to be cooked.

Bring friends along. It's more fun to cook and eat with a group!

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Joy Vee A.
3.0 Stars
10

Slow service, they need to assign staffs at specific tables so they could focus more. Ang tagal bumalik nung assign samen. 128517 Yung okonomiyaki hindi na nya na designan. Tinuro lang yung sauce na ilalagay. 128514

Kalbi Yakiniku was good without any sauce.

Dissapointed with the Okonomiyaki since clueless kame sa end result 128513.

Hot surface so kawawa yung nasa tapat ko, the only enjoyable part for me was Im with my closest friends so enjoy ang kwentuhan. 128515

Accepts credit card payment, needs to call their attention thrice 9786️, needs improvement on service, pricey menu. 128523

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Jette J.
5.0 Stars
7

I've seen this place while it was under construction and it got me curious. When it opened, I had no chance to try it since it was always full. It was only now that I got to try the place since it was still early and there are only two customers inside. I only ordered the yakisoba kunch set menu because I am a noodle person. It was the best yakisoba I've tasted. The sauce was just right, not salty. I'ves never trued yakisoba with japanese mayo before. They even added bonito powder. Lots of it. I think thats what made it taste different. I will definitely comeback and try the other items in the menu. Highly rcommended. Its a bit pricey , so bring someone to split the bill with.

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