Okonomiyaki pop-up Ok Yaki opens Tuesday, December 15, as a restaurant in East Atlanta. The Osaka-model avenue food stuff restaurant, owned by Corban Irby, resides in the renovated Seville advanced along Moreland Avenue, future door to Hodgepodge Coffeehouse.
Ok Yaki at this time presents seating on its heated patio as properly as takeout. Masks are required when not seated at a table. At the time the cafe opens for indoor seating, the eating home accommodates 45 folks between a 15-seat bar open to the kitchen, four booths, and 6 bar stools alongside the moist bar in back again.
The menu for Okay Yaki mimics Irby’s well known pop-up, serving Osaka-fashion road foods like yakisoba noodles, gyoza dumplings, and okonomiyaki — a savory, onion and cabbage-crammed griddled pancake topped with meats or vegetarian proteins and okonomi sauce. Irby expanded the menu for the restaurant to involve other dishes, these types of as karaage Japanese fried rooster, Japanese curry, aged onigiri, and a burger built with beef, kelp, and bonito topped with mozzarella, coleslaw, and okonomi sauce.
Be expecting shochu, whiskey highballs, and Japanese-design draft beers in frozen mugs from the bar once the cafe gets its liquor license. For now, Alright Yaki continues to be BYOB.
Irby’s adore for Osaka, Japan, and okonomiyaki began when he was a student at Ga Condition College and entered the school’s exchange plan with Osaka College. Weekends were used throwing supper parties with friends and other pupils from the university, in which Irby usually cooked okonomiyaki on an electric griddle. These supper functions continued upon his return to Atlanta. Irby states the yr residing and feeding on in Osaka experienced a “huge impact” on him, contacting the knowledge an “immersive Japanese language application.”
After graduation, Irby labored as a profits agent for Japanese food items importer Nishimoto Trading Firm in Norcross, then with a Japanese shipping container enterprise based in Atlanta.
“I tried using to be joyful functioning a whole-time workplace work, but I skipped cooking Japanese food stuff so much that I made a decision to start the Alright Yaki pop-up as a way to truly feel fulfilled,” Irby instructed Eater in May well of the impetus powering the pop-up.
The 1st in a collection of Alright Yaki pop-ups released out of the kitchen at We Suki Suki in East Atlanta Village in 2016. Irby has returned to Osaka and Japan many periods more than the last decade to continue on his culinary training at various restaurants.
Get a glimpse at the menu:
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Order on the internet for takeout. Patio eating only. Masks demanded.
714 Moreland Avenue SE, Atlanta. okyakiatl.com.