To nick some blurb from Wiki - 'Dorayaki (どら焼き, どらやき, 銅鑼焼き, ドラ焼き?) is a type of Japanese confection ... a pancake consisting of two small patties made from castella, which surround an inner filling'. As I said above we have managed to find these in the likes of YoSushi and Wagamama, though if you look on J-List you should be able to find some mainstream Japanese brands that do their own genuine Asian produce.
The one you see in the photos today is actually a Chocolate Dorayaki that we bought in our local Sushi shop named Kokoro (Website HERE). This Chocolate Dorayaki was delicious and consisted of two syrup moistened golden pancakes hiding a very plentiful inner chocolate filling. The lightness of the chocolate innards was highly complimentary of the denser pancakes and the two combined made for a perfect sweet snack to follow the mountains of sushi we had just ploughed our way through. In terms of a chocolate flavour hit, the one it provided was surprisingly well sustained and despite the mousse like texture it left a lasting impression of sweet cocoa in the mouth long after consumption - lick your lips tasty!
Overall Dorayaki might not be the most well known Japanese snacking item but it fits Western culture very well and we think a lot of people would be more willing to give it a go than say the more obscure Mochi desserts that these places usually offer as an alternative. Whether it be from your local Asian food shop, local/chain restaurant or even J-List we strongly you give Dorayaki a try if it sounds like it will float your boat. Just make sure it is the chocolate kind of course ;-)
8.3 out of 10