REVIEW: Overly Greasy Okonomiyaki Roll at Restaurant Sakura Terrace for “Disney Christmas 2019” at Tokyo DisneySea

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Disney Christmas, everyone! It’s the holiday season at Tokyo Disney Resort, and that means a new slate of food to devour and review for you all! So, let’s take a closer look at the tasty treats to celebrate the season this year!

Okonomiyaki is a traditional Japanese food, especially popular in southern cities like Osaka and Hiroshima. It consists of a savory pancake with items like cabbage, beef, fish, and various vegetables and other items. I’ve never been a particularly huge fan of okonomiyaki, primarily because I can’t stand cooked cabbage. But also, the sauce just doesn’t sit right with me. So seeing this particular item on the menu filled me with a sense of dread, and I knew I had to power through for this one!

Okonomiyaki Roll – ¥550 ($5.04)

The Restaurant Sakura Terrace is a snack bar adjacent to Tokyo DisneySea’s Japanese table-service outlet, Restaurant Sakura. The snack bars around the New York area of American Waterfront are participating in “Taste of Christmas”. In this program, snacks are paired with cocktails or drinks that enhance their flavor. I suppose the normal Kirin Ichiban draft beer is seasonal enough for this, but we skipped the drink.

First thing’s first: this thing is super greasy. There are so few snacks where I actually feel like I need the wrapping I’m provided to eat it cleanly, but the okonomiyaki roll definitely makes it necessary. You can see the puddles and smudges of grease all around the paper, and the roll itself is shining with the stuff. Okonomiyaki that I’m familiar with usually has a more dry pancake, this was a bit of a surprise for me. The entire thing is covered in colorful seeds as well, which is admittedly a nice decorative touch.

Sure enough, when you bite in, it tastes like okonomiyaki, for better or worse. The greasy, wet nature of the pancake made it so I couldn’t hold it up properly for more than a couple of seconds without spilling the contents, so no interior photo here. You taste the cabbage, onion, fish, vegetables, and of course the sauce and grease. It’s a very, VERY Japanese dish, and probably isn’t for hesitant or picky eaters by any means. You’ll be far better off heading next door to Liberty Landing Diner and getting the black pepper roll.

If you’re looking to try for yourself, the Okonomiyaki Roll is available at the Restaurant Sakura Terrace in Tokyo DisneySea through December 25th. If you ask me, your money is better spent elsewhere.

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