Takoyaki - where art thou?
Where can I find good takoyaki in the Toronto? I watched a Dotchi no Ryouri battle, and it just sent my juices flowing. I tried the ones they now sell at TNT. They arent very good, not enough tako, and a bit gummy.
I also emphasize freshness. I want them hot enough to burn me.
I had takoyaki for the first time last week after reading about it on the Manpuku thread on this board, which you can find here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/516580
Manpuku is a new Japanese place in the same building as the Grange foodcourt across from OCAD on McCaul St. I enjoyed the takoyaki I had, though never having eaten it before I admit that I am not qualified to say whether it was great, poor, or average quality. On the other thread the opinions are somewhat mixed.
I can tell you that they take 15 minutes to prepare from the time you order, and then come straight out of the takoyaki maker along with many warnings to "be careful, it's hot". And hot they were, so if nothing else, Manpuku's takoyaki should satisfy your "hot enough to burn me" requirement.
105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA
it was pretty poor quality if we're comparing it to what you can get straight out of japan. haven't had it otherwise in toronto but it could be average then at best.
the problem is that you should normally get at least one nice nugget of octopus in each ball, if not several but octopus seemed to be the missing ingredient in the manpuku ones though it certainly had some octopus essence in it. also the batter is undermixed or something because it is a bit grainy/chunky and not smooth. perhaps these are tiny shards of octopus. the overall batter flavour seems to be missing something too.
mind you, when you have it as the takosen (which i like) the crispy wafers sort of make it all ok though not spectacular.
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I'm not sure, I haven't been there in a while, and the last time I went I was on a mission to eat as many okonomiyaki as I could, didn't look at the menu. But they have rotating specials, and they are Japanese, so I'm pretty sure you could call and ask. Who knows, they might make it for you special. Place is the real deal, and after a year living in Osaka, I'm glad to have it around to satisfy my cravings. I guarantee I will be in there soon, probably taking a break from the hell that is Xmas shopping on Bloor.