16 Takoyaki Spots to Drool Over Around Metro Manila


Would you go for the classic or the one with mozzarella cheese?

One of the most popular Japanese street food is takoyaki – a ball-shaped snack made from wheat flour with diced octopus, green onions, and more inside. It’s usually topped with takoyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, aonori and bonito flakes.

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Some restaurants and stalls can get creative though and add other ingredients like mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, kani, scallops, and more! To serve as your guide, we’ve rounded up some of the restaurants and stalls that specialize in this creative and delicious Japanese snack.

Izakaya Kenta – Malate

Formerly located in Pedro Gil, Izakaya Kenta reopens after 13 years. This authentic Japanese restaurant offers a wide selection of sushi, sashimi, grilled and deep-fried meats. They also have different types of tempura dishes.

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G/F Malate Bayview Mansion, 1781 M. Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila

Botejyu – various branches

Botejyu is Japan’s premier specialty restaurant from Osaka serving okonomiyaki, takoyaki and many more. Try their all-star takoyaki that comes with 6 different toppings.

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Taka Ramen – various branches

Taka Ramen offers authentic Japanese cuisine like ramen, gyoza, and takoyaki at very affordable prices. 

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El Fresco Food Park, Bahay Toro, Project 8, Quezon City

Shuma Gorath – The Lokal Food Park

Shuma Gorath of The Lokal food park serves no-frills takoyaki balls, perfect for any day, anytime.

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The Lokal Food Park, Shaw Blvd. cor. Lawson St, Mandaluyong

Kenshin – The Linear Tower

Kenshin specializes in traditional dishes like fresh sashimi, sushi rolls, set meals, and a unique DIY takoyaki experience. Each serving comes with a pitcher of their special batter, fresh vegetables, seafood toppings and other spices.

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The Linear Tower, Yakal St cor Mayapis, San Antonio, Makati
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Octoboy – various branches

Octoboy is known for their traditional Japanese food like ramen, teppanyaki, okonomiyaki, and of course, takoyaki. Try their black takoyaki, ‘d BOMB’ that comes with aioli and uni sauce, seafood fillings.

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Kraken Takoyaki – various branches

Kraken Takoyaki offers authentic Osaka-style takoyaki – no squid, no crabsticks, no shrimp, no ham and bacon, just real octopus.

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Tokyo Bubble Tea – various branches

Tokyo Bubble Tea is a local homegrown bubble tea concept that serve Japanese-Western dishes that are best paired with their wide selection of fun milk tea concoctions! 

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Hokkaido Takoyaki – SM Makati

Hokkaido Takoyaki is a small stall that serves huge takoyaki balls in various flavors including bacon, kani & mozzarella, and scallops! To date, the stalls can be found in SM Makati and Venice Grand Canal. 

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LG/F, SM Makati, SM Food Hall, Makati

Wang – El Neo Garahe

Wang at El Neo Garahe serves classic, no-frills takoyaki balls at affordable prices!

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El Neo Garahe Food Park, Block 176, Lot 22 Phase 7, Geneva St, Fairview, Quezon City

Uma Uma – various branches

Uma Uma Ramen is a popular Singapore ramen brand that serves Hakata-style ramen created from an old family recipe originating from Fukuoka, Japan. Apart from ramen, they serve other delights like chicken karaage and takoyaki.

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Takopop – Open Kitchen Food Park

Takopop serves unique and authentic takoyaki balls and can be found at Open Kitchen food park in Quezon City.

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Osaka Takoyaki – BF Homes

Osaka Takoyaki serves really good Osaka-style takoyaki balls, ramen, okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and more.

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278 Aguirre Ave, BF Homes, Parañaque
(0920) 445-0399

Isaribi – Scout Lozano

Isaribi by Chef Misayuki Sato is an underrated Japanese seafood and yakiniku restaurant that serves authentic Japanese cuisine, including their takoyaki set.

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113 Belfranlt Parking Bldg., Scout Lozano St, Laging Handa, Quezon City
(02) 441-5302

Japan Fudo Street – Ayala Vertis North

Japan Fudo Street offers sushi, ramen, takoyaki, sushi rolls, tonkatsu, sashimi and other Japanese favorites. This is their first branch in the Metro.

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4/F Ayala Malls Vertis North, Vertis North, Triangle Exchange, North Ave, Quezon City
(0945) 492-2530

Jin-Zai Takoyaki – various branches

With three branches across the Metro (and a fourth opening in Pasong Tamo), Jin-Zai is taking over Manila. They serve various kinds of takoyaki, including Miso Tamago, Black Mentaiko, Crab & Corn, Bacon & Cheese, and even Nobashi Shrimp Tail takoyaki!

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For more takoyaki, search for ‘TAKOYAKI‘ in the Booky app and look for the nearest restaurant to you! If you still don’t have the app, download it now to enjoy its offline access, restaurant discounts, buy one get one coupons, and dessert freebies!

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