Okonomiyaki pop-up Ok Yaki opens Tuesday, December 15, as a cafe in East Atlanta. The Osaka-design and style avenue meals cafe, owned by Corban Irby, resides in the renovated Seville intricate alongside Moreland Avenue, following doorway to Hodgepodge Coffeehouse.
Alright Yaki at the moment presents seating on its heated patio as very well as takeout. Masks are essential when not seated at a desk. After the cafe opens for indoor seating, the dining home accommodates 45 men and women between a 15-seat bar open up to the kitchen area, 4 booths, and 6 bar stools along the moist bar in back again.
The menu for Ok Yaki mimics Irby’s popular pop-up, serving Osaka-type road meals 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 incorporate other dishes, these types of as karaage Japanese fried rooster, Japanese curry, aged onigiri, and a burger created 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 as soon as the cafe gets its liquor license. For now, Ok Yaki remains BYOB.
Irby’s adore for Osaka, Japan, and okonomiyaki commenced when he was a college student at Georgia State College and entered the school’s exchange program with Osaka University. Weekends had been used throwing meal parties with pals and other college students from the school, wherever Irby frequently cooked okonomiyaki on an electric griddle. Those supper parties continued upon his return to Atlanta. Irby suggests the 12 months dwelling and taking in in Osaka experienced a “huge impact” on him, calling the practical experience an “immersive Japanese language plan.”
Following graduation, Irby labored as a sales representative for Japanese foodstuff importer Nishimoto Buying and selling Company in Norcross, then with a Japanese delivery container company dependent in Atlanta.
“I attempted to be joyful doing the job a entire-time place of work career, but I missed cooking Japanese food so much that I decided to commence the Okay Yaki pop-up as a way to really feel fulfilled,” Irby advised Eater in Might of the impetus powering the pop-up.
The very first in a collection of Ok Yaki pop-ups introduced out of the kitchen area at We Suki Suki in East Atlanta Village in 2016. Irby has returned to Osaka and Japan quite a few situations over the previous decade to continue on his culinary schooling at many places to eat.
Choose a appear at the menu:
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Buy on the web for takeout. Patio eating only. Masks necessary.
714 Moreland Avenue SE, Atlanta. okyakiatl.com.