Okonomiyaki Fever: Botejyu

by - Friday, July 29, 2016


We went here for lunch on a Friday (yes, work day). There were initially two of us. Upon entering, we saw two officemates already settled, (hooray since we can order and try more food!) so we joined them.

We ordered based on what our officemates ordered (we got something different from what they were having). They got the seafood okonomiyaki and beef curry udon. So we decided to have the premium okosoba and the paitan ramen with char-siu pork.

Oh, since they just opened, they have a promo. For a minimum spend xxxx, you get a free item from the menu:

P500 - free scoop of ice cream

P1,000 - free gyoza

P1,500 - free takoyaki

*Free item redeemable on your next visit, but we were given the chance to redeem it right at that moment. And since we already ordered an okonomiyaki and an okosoba, we opted to get the gyoza instead of the takoyaki (even if our total bill was at P1,700. And yes, we asked if we can have the ice cream and the gyoza, but they refused lol!)
We waited long for our orders to arrive, around 30 minutes (and we only have an hour for our lunch break).

Serving size for each dish was quite huge. But I guess the serving of okonomiyaki was larger than the ramen and udon. There were 4 of us, yet we had a hard time finishing everything, and felt really really stuffed after. My advice, if you're in a group, don't order too much of the okonomiyaki, as it is good for sharing.

[caption id="attachment_329" align="aligncenter" width="3024"]img_4332 Paitan Ramen with Char-Siu Pork[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_330" align="aligncenter" width="3024"]img_4333 Curry Udon[/caption]

The ambiance of the place is okay. Typical Japanese restaurant. Nothing really noticeable. But if you can't stand waiting for your food to be served on your table, then you can stand (literally) and watch the chefs prepare your meal.

The food was okay. They were delicious, but that's it. It didn't make much impact on me to make me crave for it and come back for any of the dishes we've tried. I think it's weird that I liked the ramen and udon more than the okonomiyaki and okosoba. By the way, the ramen we chose came with pork, but in a chicken broth soup instead of the usual pork. You can actually notice and taste the difference, but not really in a bad way. The beef curry udon was yummy, but it wasn't spicy at all. Not even a little. For me that's a good thing since I'm not into spicy food, but my friends are.

Pricing is also okay. I think most of the dishes were priced less than P500. I believe the most expensive dish from our choices was the premium okosoba (around P400+).
Service was fine as well. The servers were attentive to all our requests. They were friendly although we can sense that they were already feeling a little rattled due to the number of customers.

Overall, the experience was okay. It's worth the try, that I can say.
P.S. The okosoba is not part of the picture 😞

My score:

Pricing – 3/5

Service – 3.5/5

Ambiance – 3/5  

Taste – 3.5/5

Botejyu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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