Takoyaki is one of the most iconic dishes in Japan. Like sushi and ramen, it is a staple dish served to those who want to have a taste of the iconic cuisine of the Japanese. Takoyaki is a ball-shaped snack that is made up of a flour-based batter and is usually filled with octopus pieces or tempura scraps, among others. It is best served with a special sauce and mayonnaise.
When traveling around Osaka, you could visit some shops or stores that sell takoyaki. Here are six of the best takoyaki stores in Osaka.
Tamaya is one of the many Takoyaki stores in Osaka that serve multiple kinds of such dish. These types range from regular takoyaki with a topping of your choice to arranged dishes. They prepare the meal using a special batter, soup broth that is made from lobster, and other ingredients such as vegetables, chicken, and fruit. The balls are served with the following sauces: Curry, Ponzu (Citrus sauce), Soy Sauce, and Salt.
Address: 1 Chome-3-4 Kokubunji, Kita, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 531-0064, Japan
Business hour: 11:30 AM–12:00 AM
Phone number: +81 6-6358-0866
Official Website: http://tamaya08.com/
2.Kougaryu (甲賀流 本店)
Kougaryu is one of the favorite restaurants in Osaka that serve Takoyaki. Their takoyaki cuisines are best served with their home-made mayonnaise and their original sauce. Originally established in Amerika-mura, the store has developed into one of the leading takoyaki chains in the area with 14 different shops. Their prices are relatively affordable. Hence, you could avail of their menu which ranges from a set of takoyaki to arranged menus.
Address: 2 Chome-18-4 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0086, Japan
Business hour: 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Phone number: +81 6-6211-0519
Official Website: www.kougaryu.jp
3.Dotonbori Akaoni (道頓堀 赤鬼)
Since its establishment, Dotonbori Akaoni have been using raw octopus in their dishes. Moreover, it is also worth noting that they also serve various distinct dishes such as Takoyaki with Kakigori and Takoyaki that is soaked in a special soup. Their dishes are carefully made with selected ingredients to ensure a flavorful taste. Due to its stellar menu, the Dotonbori Akaoni has been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2016.
Name: Dotonbori Akaoni
Address: 1 Chome-2-3 Nanba, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0076, Japan
Business hour: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Phone number: +81 6-6211-0269
Official Website: http://www.doutonbori-akaoni.com/takoyaki
4.Takoyaki Juhachiban (たこ焼き十八番 本店)
The Takoyaki Juhachiban serve authentic takoyaki dishes with only the freshest octopus. Their distinct takoyaki is made with fresh ingredients such as tenkasu, ginger, sakura shrimp, and dough. What makes their takoyaki extra unique is the manner of their preparation. The takoyaki is cooked on a copper sheet, a technique that is not used by a lot of restaurants and stores. Their takoyaki balls are noted for their creamy insides and crunchy texture outside.
Name: Takoyaki Juhachiban
Address: Takeda Building 1F, 3 Chome-17-17 Nishinakajima Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, Japan
Business hour: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Phone number: +81 6-6211-3118
Official Website: http://d-sons18.co.jp
5.Wanaka Sennichimae Honten (わなか 千日前本店)
The Wanaka Sennichimae Honten serves one of the best takoyaki dishes in Osaka. Their dishes are primarily filled with an octopus, tempura scraps, green onion, and pickled ginger. Their dishes are best served with any of their available sauces: soy sauce, salt, and their sweet or tangy original sauces. Their takoyaki is also noted for being creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Aside from takoyaki, the store also sells other snacks including wafer taco balls.
Name: Wanaka Sennichimae Honten
Address: 11-19, Nanba-sennichimae, Chuo, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0075, Japan
Business hour: 10:00 AM – 11:000 PM
Phone number: +81 6-6631-0127
Official Website: http://takoyaki-wanaka.com
Umai-ya is also a recommended takoyaki store in Osaka. Their takoyaki dishes are noted for being soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. While many enjoy their takoyaki with toppings, you could enjoy the snack without any on top. Their takoyaki is fairly traditional, with only the sauce covering it. However, their dishes are surely satisfactory. You could order for dine-in or take-out.
Name: Takoyaki Umaiya
Address: 4−21, Naniwa-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, 530-0022, Japan
Business hour: 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Phone number: +81 6-6373-2929
So there you have it: the six of the best takoyaki stores in Osaka. It is imperative that you try out one of these shops when you are in Osaka. You will not only get to try out authentic dishes, but you will also get to experience a genuine Japanese lifestyle.
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