There’s something about Japanese breakfast that makes me want to jump on a 12+ hour flight and never look back. Excuse the superlatives, but it’s my favorite breakfast on Earth. What I’m about to share with you is my top food discovery of 2014: a real deal Japanese breakfast…in Brooklyn, New York.
At this point, you may be wondering, “What exactly is a Japanese breakfast?”
Traditionally, it’s a combination of steamed rice, miso soup, broiled fish and a variety of side dishes like tamago omelette and pickled vegetables. In Japan, breakfast specialties are quite regional, from early morning omakase at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market to Kyoto’s imperial style pickled mackerel sabazushi. But my favorite Japanese breakfast is the classic ichiju san-sai meal, which translates to “one soup, three dishes.”
I jumped on the fish & rice breakfast bandwagon on my last foodie foray into Japan, and found myself craving the powerhouse combo back in the States. For a long time, the best I could do was to order delivery sushi before bed and stick it in the fridge until morning.
Perhaps my greatest foodie discovery of the decade: breakfast at Brooklyn’s Okonomi restaurant. The tiny 12-seat Williamsburg Japanese hideaway serves up a traditional ichiju san-sai breakfast daily, then transforms into a serious ramen destination at night.
Okonomi serves up everything you see in the above photo for $12.50. This includes unlimited barley tea, homemade miso soup, broiled fish, steamed multigrain rice, pickled veggies, greens and tamago omelette. You can add various supplements like a soft boiled egg (highly recommended on the steamed rice), uni, ikura and premium fish choices like a melt-in-your-mouth, miso-broiled tuna belly.
Japanese breakfast is served Monday-Friday from 9:00AM-2:00PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM-4:00PM.
150 Ainslie St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211