July 3, 2003
Both are essentially made of egg and flour, with bit of vegetable, meat, fish, whatever, added in for flavour. Some come with fish eggs (which I loathe) and others with noodles and pork mixed in. It is truly a unique experience, and to crown it all you finish by frying a sweet, yes SWEET, monja-yaki, with strawberries and cream. Since you can eat and drink as much as you like for the money within the time that you''re there, if you''re going to miss out one of the courses, it might be that you can do without the lovely dessert, but it''s definitely something special.
You do get to make okonomiyaki too, which was by far my favourite, especially when you cover it in lots of okonomiyaki sauce, ground nori, and fish flakes.
As a culinary experience I wouldn''t rate the cruise THAT highly, since there are definitely tastier things in Japan than monja, and if you go to the stukijima area you will find nothing but monja restaurants everywhere anyway, offering you a taste of the same stuff without taking a cruise at all.
It is also a bit rushed, since you have to eat and drink everything within the space of two hours--a period of time that goes much faster than you would expect, but you get a beautiful view of Tokyo from the water, of day turning into night and the shining lights of the city. It''s worth it just for that, but it is a bit pricey for the amount of time you get. Something worth considering if you''re not on the tightest budget.
From journal Tokyo in the winter