We knew we had to try the famous octopus balls when we were in Japan. Takoyaki are made from a wheat batter and filled with diced Tako (octopus) and moulded into balls in a special pan. Gindaco Takoyaki is a fast food chain in Tokyo and has a reputation for serving one of the best Takoyaki in Japan.
This is a hole in the wall kinda place, where you can see them making the takoyaki in the window. I could watch them for hours; it’s pretty mesmerising how systematically they flip the takoyaki by hand. You can either eat outside on the bench, or on seat upstairs, reached by using a lift.
Gindaco Takoyaki (about 500¥) serves their octopus balls with different toppings. We opted for the classic topping of bonito flakes, as well as one with the works – cheese, egg mayo, and seaweed.
You will not be disappointed! The balls have a crispy outer shell which you have to carefully break into to unleash the molten but silky smooth octopus filling. The toppings were also fantastic. I thought I had made a mistake ordering the one with the works, but I actually liked this one the best. The crispy takoyaki went perfectly with the creamy egg mayo and cheese topping. I love how the Japanese love to put egg mayo on absolutely everything! The topping of bonito flask was also delicious but I felt that it could be a little too salty. If you get them both, it’s a perfect combination where you can flip between creamy and salty toppings.
Gindaco Takoyaki is a great little fast food chain to grab some octopus balls on the go!
See our other reviews of restaurants we visited in Japan.