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.
Kyotako – SM Mall of Asia
Kyotako serves up the perfect savory snack with their authentic Japanese Takoyaki! Known as Osaka’s favorite street food, their premium-tasting takoyaki has tasty twists that will transport you to the busy streets of Japan.
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Samurai – multiple branches
Need food on the go? Then head on to Samurai, a place where you can get quick and tasty eats from takoyaki to gyoza.
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A local food stall that focuses solely on serving up authentic Japanese takoyaki, at Kraken Takoyaki, you can get your fill of these bite-sized eats in so many flavors.
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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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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.
Inari by Hamaru – The Podium
Known as the country’s first inarizushi bar, Inari by Hamaru offers up unique Japanese dishes that’ll show you another side of Japanese cuisine. Some of the kinds of food you can get are tofu pockets, sushi rolls made of organic black rice, and chu-hi sours.
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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.
No reservations accepted
The Linear Tower, Yakal St cor Mayapis, San Antonio, Makati
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.
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.
No reservations accepted
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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!
No reservations accepted
El Neo Garahe Food Park, Block 176, Lot 22 Phase 7, Geneva St, Fairview, Quezon City
Takopop – Open Kitchen Food Park
Takopop serves unique and authentic takoyaki balls and can be found at Open Kitchen food park in Quezon City.
Osaka Takoyaki – BF Homes
Osaka Takoyaki serves really good Osaka-style takoyaki balls, ramen, okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and more.
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.
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.
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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