Tako House: Manila's Home of Authentic Takoyaki

Street foods had been my go-to foods whenever I’m on a tight budget and having good choices available in the market has always been a big deal for me. And just recently, my blogger jowa, knowing that I’ll surely be interested as it is one of my favorite street food, tagged me in a post that introduces this place called Tako House that offers “authentic” takoyaki so when we finally had the time, I opted to visit them in one of their locations to try their food.

Takoyaki, for those who don't know, is a ball-shaped Japanese street food made of a wheat flour based with batter typically filled with diced or minced octopus and other spices. Yes, diced or minced contrary to what this place offers, something that specifically caught my attention as the Japanese Takoyaki I know is in a real ball-shaped and when I talked to the owner, Ron for some facts, that’s when I learned that their Takoyaki is actually not a Japanese inspired one.  The concept was benchmarked from Thailand specifically Bloc26th’s style which basically uses whole baby octopus.

The Food. The good thing about this takoyaki, like any other street food is that, you can actually watch firsthand how your takoyaki is being made which means you’ll be able to smell it which will adds up to your excitement to finally have it dance in your mouth. And when I finally had my chance, I was beyond happy (my tummy and mouth rather).

My bowl filled with 6 mouthful balls of freshly made takoyaki served with their special sauce and generous serving of dancing bonito flakes on top truly tastes good. Their trade secret, wheat flour based with batter was excellently mixed, cooked just right baby octopus which matched exactly with the sauce for me will justify your P25 per piece. (But I only have one request, have some sweet sauce for an option please.) Nevertheless, it’s all worth coming back.

The People. If there’s one more thing other than the food that contributes magically to success are the people. And I must commend Tako House for having accommodating staffs and owners who are very attentive to every customer’s concern. When we arrived to their place, they’re actually still setting-up and everyone’s busy but Angel, wife of Ron, made sure to approach us and asked for an apology and even gave me a notice when she needed to leave for a moment to get something.  And their staffs on the other hand were friendly enough to give us water even if it’s not included in their service (because they’re not allowed to sell drinks, Angel mentioned why but I forgot. Sorry ‘bout that), asked for a picture and initiate a little chitchat.

So, what are you waiting for? You might want to visit them and try their amazing Takoyaki and Ebiyaki (which is unfortunately not available during my visit) at Sabroso Street Food Market, Starmall EDSA every Thursday to Sunday 5:00 pm – 1:00 am, Robinson’s Forum Parking Lot every Wednesday to Friday, 8:30 pm – 3:00 am; Aani Weekend Market at FTI Arca South, Taguig every Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm and Mercato Centrale Eton Centris every Thursday to Saturday, 6:00 pm – 3:00 am.

For more details, visit them on Facebook or instagram at Tako House and @takohouseph respectively. 

Thank you for dropping by!