Londonist is particularly tickled by places where it's possible to cook-it-yourself (last month's S&E on Sichuan hotpot was possibly a hint of this). One such place is Abeno Too near Leicester Square (or the original Abeno near the British Museum), which specialises in okonomiyaki, or "what you like fried" in translation. These flour and egg pancakes are chock full of cabbage and various meats, all based on the type you choose from the menu. They come to your table raw and in a bowl and it's up to you or your waiter to fry it on the hotplate in front of you. Not keen on pancakes? How about om-soba (pictured below)? That's a thin omelette encasing a filling of yakisoba, fried noodles. C'mon, give it a try...not all Japanese food is sushi!
17-18 Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JE