Think Japanese street food and what comes to mind? For many, it's the hot, freshly-made classic takoyaki from Osaka – "octopus balls" made from a flour-based batter, filled with the works: baby octopus, pickled ginger, cabbage, and green onion (iterations may vary)!
The ball-shaped snack is then usually topped with a sweet and savory takoyaki sauce, bonito flakes, aonori (seaweed), tempura flakes, and Japanese mayonnaise, meant to be eaten fresh off the grill (beware of burning your tongue! Been there, done that).
There are many different spins to the tasty, to-go snack, served by several local restaurants, kiosks, and home-based businesses. Here's where you can get your takoyaki fix – via delivery – in Metro Manila!
The Japanese café located in SM Mall of Asia is open for pick-up and delivery orders of their freshly-cooked takoyaki, using a homemade batter recipe inspired by one from Osaka, Kansai.
Kyoto Chaya has 3 takoyaki choices, each one at 6 pieces each: the Classic (P180) and the Mentaiko Mayo (P200), topped with takoyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, and bonito flakes. The Sweet & Chili (P180) is drizzled with a clear sweet-spicy sauce and topped with fresh leeks.
For pick-up orders, you can contact their Instagram page directly. For deliveries, you can find Kyoto Chaya on GrabFood and Foodpanda.
Takotaki specializes in "baked takoyaki," offering 3 non-conventional flavors with base toppings of a kani mayo mix, melted cheese, aomori flakes, katsuobushi, and takoyaki sauce.
They have Octopus and Mozzarella (P250), Bacon and Mozzarella (P250), and Wasabi Cheese Mayo (P260) with tempura flakes. Each order has 15 pieces, and is good for 3-4 people.
Takotaki is based in Valenzuela City daily, and in Manila City on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. To order, you can message their Instagram page.
Takoyaki kiosk Mr Tentacles lets you choose among 3 mixes: Baby Octopus Takoyaki, Overload (crab stick, shrimp, shredded baby octopus), and Ebiyaki (whole shrimp, quail egg).
You can have it with their original or spicy sauce, and in 3 pieces (P75), 6 pieces (P150), 9 pieces (P225), or 12 (P300).
Mr Tentacles' SM Bacoor and Bonifacio Global City branches are open for take-out and delivery via Foodpanda and GrabFood. For any inquiries, you can message their Instagram page.
The takoyaki stall located in Glorietta 4's food court and in Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City is offering 8 versions of their classic takoyaki for delivery, with each ball filled with octopus, green onion, pickled ginger, and cabbage.
You can get 6 pieces in the following flavors: Original (P98), Green Onion (P88), Tamago (P108), Smoked Bacon (P128), Mozzarella (P138), 2-Cheese (p148), Smoked Bacon and 2-Cheese (P158), and 3 Cheese (P168).
For orders, you can call 09178951305, check out their Instagram page, or book through Foodpanda or Lalafood.
Go Takoyaki offers two sizes: solo at 6 pieces, and group at 16 pieces. They've got Kani Takoyaki (P150, P400), Octobits Takoyaki (P168, P448), Ebiyaki Quail Eggs and Shrimp (P210, P560), Whole Baby Octopus (P252, P672), and Cheesebombs, baked with melted cheese on top.
You can also add extra bonito flakes, shredded nori, floss, or tobiko fish roe for an additional fee.
Go Takoyaki is currently based in New Manila, Quezon City. They accept same-day deliveries at 11:30 am, 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm. You can order via Instagram.
Home-based biz Ichiko serves their takoyaki at 4 pieces an order and in 4 flavors: Kaniyaki (P69), Ebiyaki (P69), Classic (P59), and Seafood Overload (P89).
The Maginhawa Food Park stall is open for pick-up orders of their 8-piece Classic Takoyaki (P130) – made with leeks, cabbage, chopped octopus, and spring onion – and their Chizuyaki (P150), made with cream cheese, cheddar, and parmesan.
You can even get a Takoyaki Tray (P420) of 24 takoyaki balls.
You can have your orders picked up from their branch along Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. You can order via Takoyakichan's online form.
Onoda's takoyaki orders come in either 4 pieces (P120), 6 (P150), or 8 (P200), and are available in 5 flavors – classic, chili, nori, cheese, and sriracha.
Their branches in Alphaland Makati Place and Market! Market! are open from 10 am to 6 pm daily. For more info, you can check out their Instagram page.
Located in Project 6, Quezon City, Katokayo offers their takoyaki at an introductory price of P100 per 10 pieces.
Their takoyaki comes with either octopus or squid meat (your choice), cabbage, homemade sauce, bonito flakes, Japanese mayo, and seaweed.
Two of Sokiro's branches in Cainta, Rizal and Marikina are open until 8:30 pm for your takoyaki orders of 4 pieces (P45), 5 pieces (P56), or 10 (P110), made with octobits, a special sauce, Jap mayo, and topped with the works.
They've also got party trays ranging from P199 to P560, depending on how many people you're feeding.
Located in Tondo, Manila, this small takoyaki stall is open for delivery orders via Grab or Lalamove. They serve their takoyaki at 4 pieces an order in regular (P35), special (P50), quail egg (P50), baby octopus (P85), and shrimp (P65) flavors.
Jin-Zai's takoyaki balls made from octopus chunks, pickled ginger, spring onions, and the usual toppings come in your choice of sauce: classic, togarashi (spicy), teriyaki, or combination.
They come in either 3 or 6 pieces – there's the Big Tako (P95, P170), the Kani and Corn (P85, P155), and many other flavors. Product availability may vary per mall branch.
If she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it. From advertising copywriter to freelance feature writer, Steph Arnaldo finally turned her part-time passion into a full-time career. She’s written about food, lifestyle, and wellness for Rappler since 2018.