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qtxniki Dec 12, 2006 08:38 PM

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.

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    Gary Jul 21, 2008 05:02 PM

    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.

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    Manpuku
    105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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      pinstripeprincess Jul 22, 2008 08:10 AM

      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.

      1. re: pinstripeprincess
        Teep Jun 28, 2009 12:36 PM

        We ordered takosen there last week and there was a small morsel of octopus in the one I had and the batter was quite smooth. But flavour was lacking as you said.

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          jlunar Jun 28, 2009 09:35 PM

          T_T I like their Takoyaki a lot... Though I can't remember exactly what it was like when I was in Osaka...

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            skylineR33 Jun 28, 2009 09:49 PM

            The difference in the amount of Octopus is very obvious, well at least to me. I can only find tiny amount of octopus at Manpuku.

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              tjr Jun 28, 2009 10:05 PM

              The batter tends to be a bit faulty as well; as pinstripeprincess notes about, it can be fairly grainy/mealy as opposed to the smooth richness of takoyaki in Japan. The lack of octopus speaks for itself though.

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                jlunar Jun 29, 2009 11:11 AM

                The grainy/mealy I can't say I've experienced at Manpuku, but it's true the octopus isn't a huge chunk.

                ... apparently I need to go back to Japan to do some taste-testing!! *nod*nod*

    2. Charles Yu Jul 21, 2008 04:38 PM

      Have you tried the version sold in the Japanese fast food place inside the 'food court' of the Milliken T&T location ( NOT T&T itself )? The store owner was from Osaka and the takoyaki is very authentic.

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        lorraineriz Jul 21, 2008 12:55 PM

        i know..
        ive been trying to find takoyaki balls on some japanese menus but then i couldnt find one.
        my mouth just waters whenever i get to think about them.
        aargh.
        if anyone knows somewhere around riverside county let me know one.
        :)
        thanks!

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          echeng25 Dec 17, 2006 01:36 PM

          Also they have them at Kenzo ramen at Yonge and south of Steeles.

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            kaka Dec 19, 2006 02:52 AM

            Yes, I had tried them before. I believe it was about $7.99 or so for 6 takoyaki balls. The taste was alright.

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              Blueicus Jul 21, 2008 06:35 PM

              I've had them at the Hwy 7 and Kennedy branch. I love takoyaki but don't eat it often so I wouldn't be sure which is a good rendition... but it does hit the spot.

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              zoohort2 Dec 15, 2006 10:54 PM

              T&T Supermarket Inc:

              Dear customer,

              Please kindly note that we do serve "Takoyaki" at our stores. To inquiry the item and stock availability, please feel free to contact any one of T&T (Ontario) stores as the following information and our service staff would be very happy to serve you.

              Promenade Store:
              1 Promenade Circle, Thornhill, Ontario (Bathurst & Centre St.,) : (905) 763-8113

              Warden & Steeles Store:
              7070 Warden Avenue, Markham, Ontario (Warden & Steeles Ave.E.) : (905) 470-8113

              Milliken Store:
              5661 Steeles Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario (Middlefield & Steeles Ave.E.) : (416) 321-8113

              Mississauga Store:
              715 Central Parkway West, Mississauga, Ontario (Central Parkway W. & Mavis Rd.) : (905) 848-8113

              Customer satisfaction has always been our top priority and our goal is to provide you with the highest quality products and services. Thank you for your continued support and shopping at T&T Supermarket.

              Sincerely yours,

              T&T Supermarket Inc.

              Customer Services - Eastern Region

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                childofthestorm Dec 13, 2006 03:44 PM

                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.

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                  childofthestorm Dec 12, 2006 10:35 PM

                  Okonomi House on Charles near Bay.

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                    Amber Dec 13, 2006 12:05 AM

                    Out of curiousity, do they also have akashi-yaki? These are like tako-yaki but you dip them into a thin soup.

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                      meowx2 Jun 27, 2009 11:07 AM

                      Just an update: Okonomi House no longer serves takoyaki. I found out about this when I recently followed this thread and was led to disappointment.

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