More Reviews at Seiwaa Okonomiyaki & Teppanyaki Restaurant

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Seafood Okonomiyaki
Seafood Okonomiyaki

As freshly grilled as can be! And right in front of your eyes at that! Fresh ingredients cooked to its yummiest! ❤️ the taste of this! A delectable smooth eggy taste with a nice crunch from the cabbage that was perfectly complemented with the super bouncy squid and succulent prawns! So oishiii! This was my 2nd time having it! Just can't get enough of this dish!

Zaru Soba
Zaru Soba

For the ones looking for a clean & healthy option! Clean-tasting carbs served with cold japanese tea while visually appealing to the eyes A refreshing taste especially with a slight dollop of wasabi and a garnish of the freshly chopped spring onions!

Pork Monja
Pork Monja

Like a bbq-ed crepe crackling with pork bacon bits! The most intriguing part of this dish was it tasted best when left to charred! Yum yum Get your scraper & get scraping to get all the crispy bits! Scrape-all-you-can, everyone!

Teppanyaki (Meat Platter)
Teppanyaki (Meat Platter)

We were in the mood for meat and decided to order the teppanyaki meat platter ($38 for 2) despite no of reviews for it. (Predominant of the reviews were on the okonomiyaki and monjayaki) The picture pretty much shows everything that you get for the platter including 4 pieces each of beef, chicken, pork and lamb, 2 pieces bacon and misc veg. Every type of meat that they served was pretty good, except for the beef (the seasoning was too salty). I really liked their teppanyaki onions! They were sweet and did not have the "spicy" after taste. I also enjoyed the slightly aged toufu very much! (The accompany soya sauce made the toufu very flavourful). Xoxo, wet tissue no have; ice water 50c

Crouching Okonomi Hidden Bacons
Monjayaki [Do Not Judge A Monja By Her Looks]
Monjayaki [Do Not Judge A Monja By Her Looks]

Seiwaa is my new found love from the burppler's guide. This Japanese resturant in located in the heart of Little India. Seiwaa is not hard to find among another Indian shop as the 2 red lanterns in front of its shop really make it stand out. Order the highly raved seafood monjayaki ($10) and added the must-add Cheese ($3)! The verdict: heavenly yummy-"oyster mee Sua" sauce-pan fried to this gooey-crispy based goodness. This dish is predominately thin cabbage strips chopped up to form an intricate web but as you scrape (with this cute metal spoon they provide) the monja off the pan, it sets off a party in your mouth the moment you deliver it in. It is amazing as your brain tries to process everything at one go: the chewiness of squid, the crispness of the base, the soupy/gooey sauce texture, the crunch from the shrimp and sakura ebi, the cheesy portions, the curry powder (this is a free option!) and the "where is the cabbages". I have a strong feeling that this would make a great rainy day comfort food. The server by the name of Ow and the boss were excellent in making us comfortable and they cooked all our food (no burnt food ). If you are those who want extra fun/ hands-on/ want-to-show-that-you-make-a-good Wife-or-Husband type, you can choose to DIY. Best part is that when you screw up, you can quickly call for the server to help you salvage (seems to be pretty common)! Xoxo, wet tissue no have; ice water 50c

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A Little Fun Side
A Little Fun Side

: Pork okonomiyaki and seafood monjayaki

Price: $10 + $10

: Rochor
: 72 Dunlop Street

Have the recent rainy weather made you gloomy? Are you looking for something interesting? Seiwaa managed to feed me with warm food while adding some fun to it.

You can either choose to let the Chef cook for you or you can cook it yourself. Saying all this, I still let the Chef cooked for me, because I was too hungry to allow myself to destroy my dinner. I was quite surprise to see all the ingredients were freshly mixed in front of us.

Overall, it was a great experience, especially in large group, where wild ideas would appear. You are able to customise to your own taste by the condiments they offer. Most importantly, it is value in money!

For a Unique Japanese Experience in Little India
For a Unique Japanese Experience in Little India

Groups can stuff themselves on the cheap at this Okonomiyaki and Teppanyaki restaurant located in the heart of Little India. The key to Seiwaa’s success? Consistently tasty, authentic Japanese food that is priced affordably, plus a lively, casual environment equals a restaurant that no one can argue with. Order the Monjyayaki ($14 for seafood, add $3 for cheese), a pan-fried batter that is largely similar to Okonomiyaki, but wetter and a whole lot more fun to eat. The base of shredded cabbage is fried with your choice of protein, then spread thin on the grill to cook to crisp. A small ditch is made in the middle of the mixture, and a thick, saucy glaze is poured and mixed in. Up till here, the staff cooks everything for you, but once it’s done, you and your friends will have to scrape and eat directly off the grill with tiny metal spoons — a fun and definitely memorable experience for everyone! The pan-grilled Giant Squid ($15) is also worth ordering, Burpple Tastemaker Celest Lim describes it as “fresh and succulent, perfect with the side dip of mayonnaise and a sprinkle of chilli powder”.
Avg Price: $15 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Wei Zhi Chiang

Aburi Mentai Salmon (S$17)
Aburi Mentai Salmon (S$17)

This was pretty dope too! All that creamy goodness while waiting for your Okonomiyaki to cook
Very nice service from the friendly staff
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Okonomiyaki!! (S$10 - S$16)
Pan-Grilled Squid 烏賊焼き (S$15)
Hidden amongst the indian shops
One of the rarest occasions I love mayonnaise is when it's on top of okonomiyaki.
Seafood Okonomiyaki
Grilled Squid ($15++)
Grilled Squid ($15++)

So excited to watch this fresh squid being grilled in front of us. While it might be sinful with loads of butter on the teppanyaki board, the squid came out really fragrant and pretty smoky. You can dip it in the chilli mayonnaise provided, but I rather eat it bare without any dressing. Only then can you fully taste the freshness and sweetness of the squid.

Nothing beats food served right off the grill
Nothing beats food served right off the grill

Aside from the classic okonomiyaki and Monjayaki offered, Seiwaa’s teppanyaki squid was two-thumbs up. Prepared by the staff right in front of our eyes, the sizzling squid was cooked perfectly. Both plump and sweet, a point definitely worth mentioning was that the squid was grilled with butter, BUTTER which gave a really nice fragrance to each chewy bite as well. It tasted great on its own, but having it together with a little mayo and chili flakes served at the side was the icing on the cake.

Giant Squid ($15)
Giant Squid ($15)

Apart from their okonomiyaki and monjyayaki, Seiwaa serves some pretty good side dishes like this giant squid. Similarly, the squid is cooked and sliced on the grill right in front of you, ensuring that its served fresh and hot. The squid was of a good texture and well-cooked, and is good as an appetiser which you can nom on while they cook the main dishes for you.

Okonomiyaki ($14 for seafood)
Okonomiyaki ($14 for seafood)

Freshly-cooked okonomiyaki right in front of your eyes! While they also serve monjyayaki (which is a wetter version), I prefer the okonomiyaki as it feels more substantial. Specifically, the seafood okonomiyaki which comes with chunks of prawn and squid mixed into the batter was the tastiest cause it adds more texture to the pancake (as opposed to just plain lettuce). Good for sharing!

Mix Monja with Cheese [$15+$3]
Mix Monja with Cheese [$15+$3]

Once our friendly Japanese staff gave us the much-anticipated ‘ok’ sign, we promptly gathered around the hot grill plate armed with our cute mini-spatulas all ready to dig in. The best way to enjoy this sizzling mix monjayaki was obviously to eat directly off it!

The savory-sweet mixture of pork, squid and shrimp pressed down and spread thinly across the plate had it quickly crisping up on the bottom. Absolutely no regrets at all agreeing to the waitress’ suggestion to top up for cheese ($3) as that melty gooey goodness further enhanced the overall texture. Other top ups available include mochi, mentaiko and more.

Now, what’s the difference between Monjayaki and the more familiar Okonomiyaki? Monja uses more liquid ingredients and a softer batter while the Oko is drier, firmer and has a thicker stack of ingredients piled all together. The latter wins by appearance hands down but I was more impressed by the flavourful Monja here. Another one of my favourites was the Teppanyaki Squid ($15).

Seiwaa serves up authentic Japanese comfort food worth trying, though at a slightly hefty price tag (especially if you’re one who needs more carbs to be filled up).

Tip: Download the J Passport mobile app and get a complimentary Monjayaki with any Okonomiyaki purchased!

Nothing beats food served right off the grill
Nothing beats food served right off the grill

Aside from the classic okonomiyaki and Monjayaki offered, Seiwaa’s teppanyaki squid ($15) was two-thumbs up. Prepared by the staff right in front of our eyes, the sizzling squid was cooked perfectly. Both plump and sweet, a point definitely worth mentioning was that the squid was grilled with butter, BUTTER which gave a really nice fragrance to each chewy bite as well. It tasted great on its own, but having it together with a little mayo and chili flakes served at the side was the icing on the cake.

Teppanyaki Squid [$15]
Teppanyaki Squid [$15]

You know how sometimes you're so excited to sink your teeth into soft, tender squid but meet with a rubbery tough texture? So glad it was not the case at Seiwaa! In fact, the fresh squid was grilled perfectly well by the skillful Japanese staff. The alluring buttery aroma had all our stomachs grumbling like crazy even before it was fully cooked. Don't underestimate the unassuming dollop of mayo with chilli flakes at the corner right there because it went surprisingly well with the squid (and this is coming from a non-mayo fan). Pricey but surely worth the try!

Monjyayaki ($14 for seafood)
Monjyayaki ($14 for seafood)

This beautiful mess you see in front of you is monjyayaki, which is the wetter sibling of okonomiyaki. The batter is runny, and stays wet on the top, while the bottom will slowly form a crisp layer. If you like it a bit thicker, you can wait for it to cook a bit longer to give it more time to set. As with the okonomiyaki, I think the seafood is the best option along with cheese as a topping ($3) as it gives it more flavour, body and texture. A tiny metal spatula is provided so you can scrape and eat it directly off the grill. While delicious, I personally prefer okonomiyaki since its more substantial/filling than the monjyayaki. Either way, it still tastes good!

Grilled Squid
Grilled Squid

Butter grilled squid that was delicious. Squid was fresh and cooked perfectly, not chewy but had a good bite. Not that cheap at $15, perfect to share!

Seafood Okonomiyaki
Seafood Okonomiyaki

It's rare to find a restaurant that serves freshly-made Okonomiyaki on the table in front of your eyes, but that's how Seiwaa serves their Okonomiyaki — all at the table from before the ingredients are mixed into a batter all till it is cut to your plate. The result was pretty fresh with crunchy greens and fresh prawns and squid for the seafood rendition that we have got without the greasiness that Okonomiyaki usually gets soaked in for the Pasar Malam variants. Even the sauces are drenched onto the Okonomiyaki in moderation; enough to taste without overwhelming the pancake — certainly one of the places I would recommend for a fun gathering for the pan-frying of the Okonomiyaki is bound to be a talking point amongst a group of friends.

Nagoya Chicken Wings
Nagoya Chicken Wings

Uploading this first because I filmed the making of the Okonomiyaki in video mode. Apart from the freshly-made Okonomiyaki where they prepare in your eyes at your table, the light bites are also quite decent. These wings are absolutely delish with the crisp, lightly fried batter that is coated with a savoury yet lightly sweet sauce which gets better with every bite as you get through with the juicy, succulent meat. Thought the service is pretty good here too, especially the friendly Japanese staff who pan-fried the Okonomiyaki for our table who attended to our every needs and query.

Teppanyaki Squid [$15++]
Freshly made Okonomiyaki ($12 - $16) and flipped RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES!
いか Squid ($15)
いか Squid ($15)

Like... Whao... We were caught completely off guard by this quiet place with their great dishes and unique offerings! You'll want to get their Monjayaki which is this cool pancake like thing (it's so hard to describe) but that deserves its own post.

The squid, recommended by their staff, was sweet, plump, and tender. Waiting for it sizzling on the grill was torture but we were rewarded well for our patience. Dipped in your choice of mayo with chilli or ginger shouyu, it was one of our favorite items we tried for lunch.

Salmon And Bacon Fried Rice ($12)
Monjayaki (Beef + Cheese, $15)
Monjayaki (Beef + Cheese, $15)

This may not look great, but it was so much fun and so tasty! It's ingredients are much like Okonomiyaki, with a base of shredded cabbage. It's first fried with Sakura ebi and beef cubes, before a well is made and a thick, saucy mixture is poured in the middle. Everything is mixed and spread flat on the hotplate. The cheese is then sprinkled on top and melts into the mix, while the bottom crisps up in a way that reminds you of crispy mee sua, orh luak, claypot rice and San lou beehoon all at the same time! You're given these cute little spoons to scrape and eat straight off the hotplate. Such fun, and a great new experience of a comfort food from Tokyo!

Grilled Squid
Seafood N Bacon Okonomiyaki & Shoyu Squid
Mix Okonomiyaki The pancake was very nice to have with its light batter taste, warm and moist texture!
Mix Okonomiyaki The pancake was very nice to have with its light batter taste, warm and moist texture!

It comes with pork, squid and prawns that was a great mix with crunchy shredded cabbage!

Seiwaa Curry Rice The curry was extremely thick and flavourful, which is poured onto the crispy and nicely fried pork cutlet and rice!
Seiwaa Curry Rice The curry was extremely thick and flavourful, which is poured onto the crispy and nicely fried pork cutlet and rice!
My first ever Instagram video is dedicated to monjayaki (a.k.a monja).
My first ever Instagram video is dedicated to monjayaki (a.k.a monja).

Monja uses exactly the same ingredients as okonomiyaki, but what differentiates them is dashi. The stock used turns monja into a wet version of okonomiyaki, and thus, a different way of serving too! You can (or perhaps, have to) scrape monja using a mini teppanyaki spatula directly from the teppanyaki griller. Its texture reminds me of grilled cheese, burnt on one side but melting on the other side. And although it looks like nothing much to fill your stomach, in my opinion, monja beats okonomiyaki any time as it bursts with strong flavours — from both the dashi and the toppings!
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p/s: a close up shot of the monjayaki next time!

Nagoya Chicken Wings The chicken wings were marinated nicely and not being too thick on its texture, while being slightly spicy and sweet!
Nagoya Chicken Wings The chicken wings were marinated nicely and not being too thick on its texture, while being slightly spicy and sweet!
Squid
Okonomiyaki
It's alive!!

I was like so "zoned out" that I cannot remember whether this was a okonomiyaki or a monjayaki. All I could do was just let my video camera do its thing....aim n shoot.
But one thing for sure, this tasted good except that it was alittle heavy.
It was fun looking at the flakes do their exotic swaying.
Thank you @that_dex @coolheart @i_post_for_love for being so understanding towards my "out in space" mood. Please feel free to comment what I ate cos my mind last nite was a total blank. Thoroughly enjoyed the food, desserts and awesome company

Okonomiyaki
Seiwaa