Okonomiyaki are savory pancakes filled with meat, fish, and vegetables (not always at the same time. Diners choose their ingredients much in the way toppings for pizza are chosen. The chosen ingredients are often cooked right at the table. First-timers at okonomiyaki restaurants will find it helpful to watch other diners for guidance — learning to flip the pancake and gauging doneness take some experience. Restaurant staff are often willing to help newcomers. For those on a budget, okonomiyaki are filling and inexpensive.