Ever since moving to the South Bay, I've discovered a wealth of Japanese regional cuisine that is a departure from the ubiquitous California roll or chicken teriyaki offerings found in less culinarily diverse communities. To name a few, I have been delighted to enjoy tonkotsu ramen at Ramen Yamadaya, the tokusen toroniku at Santouka, the homemade tofu and udon at Oumi Sasaya and now, authentic Osaka-style okonomiyaki at Doya Doya.
Doya Doya is the new eatery I mentioned in my Beach City Baked Donuts post. The chef uses cage-free eggs for his baked donuts and in the homemade batter for the savory Japanese pancake. He shuns preservatives and seeks to offer high-quality ingredients in his comforting menu at both establishments.
We were more generous with the mayo and toppings on subsequent visits. The okonomiyaki at Doya Doya is made for you by an expert chef. My first experience with this tasty omelette/pancake/frittata-like dish was at Gaja, where you can make it yourself, or have the waiter do it for you. For me, I'd rather have the chef do the heavy lifting. There is a novelty of some sort to cooking your own food in certain situations, but I'd rather choose a professional when it comes to Osakan okonomiyaki.
The yakisoba arrived like a sunny gift of deliciousness. A bright pink tangle of pickled ginger was presented on the side of the noodles. This may be a surprise, but I used to avoid ginger at all costs. If I bit into a slice or ate a shred, I would make a face and try to get rid of it as soon as possible. The pungency and texture were quite unappetizing. In the last year and a half, I have become a huge fan of ginger in fresh and pickled forms. I guess you really do get wiser with age. :)
Another delicious flavoring I used to avoid was black sesame. For a gal born and raised in Los Angeles on Neapolitan ice cream and fruit-flavored treats, black sesame seemed to be an odd choice for a dessert or pastry. Once again, I've wised up and now thoroughly enjoy black sesame, especially in ice cream. And Doya Doya's black sesame ice cream is very good. A great way to end a meal of comforting Osakan cuisine.
2140 Artesia Blvd., Suite N
Torrance, CA 9050
TU-SAT: 11:30 am - 2 pm
TU-SAT: 6 pm - 9:30 pm
SUN: 12 pm - 4 pm
Call before you go to confirm hours.