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(Closed) Tsukiji Gindaco (ION Orchard)

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With over 300 stores in Japan, Tsukiji Gindaco uses carefully selected ingredients to create delicious takoyaki, which is crispy on the outside and the soft on the inside, stuffed full of diced octopus, red pickled ginger, dried shrimp and green onions.

Daily: 10:00 - 22:00

+65 65099038
$5 based on 17 submissions
Cheap Eat/Budget (6 votes), Take Away (4 votes), Vibrant/Noisy (3 votes)
Yun Zhen Choy

Superb

Seems like most shopping centres always have a takoyaki outlet at their food halls and I usually hunt these outlets down whenever I'm hungry. Was looking for the takoyaki kiosk and found it unique at first glance. Normal takoyaki kiosks just sell normal takoyaki balls with different fillings but I couldn't find an option for the filling on their menu. The only option you have is with the "flavours". I ordered original sauce.

Maybe because it was slightly after the lunch hour so the queue was almost non-existent and I got served pretty fast. But usually there is always a queue of around 5-6 people? But from observation, it moves quite fast as they also prepare a lot of takoyaki balls and after ordering, you only wait for them to put the sauce.

The takoyaki balls were heavenly. Haha. Very different from normal takoyaki balls. The outside was really crispy and when contrasted with the soft interior, was really a wonderful feeling. The filling seems to be a default of octopus, which is fine. A generous piece of octopus in each ball too, though slightly too chewy for my taste. Even when down to the last piece, which would have substantially cooled by then, it was still quite warm although not as crispy as the first one and still very delicious and the soft batter inside had not hardened.

Service was slightly more pleasant than usual experiences with a smiling cashier.

Selling point of these takoyaki balls besides their heavenly taste would be its simplicity. Not hindered by a need to choose what sort of fancy fillings.

Thought it was well worth the wait and the slightly steeper price (compared to other takoyaki stalls) is well justified not just by the taste but also by the bigger balls.

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02 Oct 2011 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

Superb

Seems like most shopping centres always have a takoyaki outlet at their food halls and I usually hunt these outlets down whenever I'm hungry. Was looking for the takoyaki kiosk and found it unique at first glance. Normal takoyaki kiosks just sell normal takoyaki balls with different fillings but I couldn't find an option for the filling on their menu. The only option you have is with the "flavours". I ordered original sauce.

Maybe because it was slightly after the lunch hour so the queue was almost non-existent and I got served pretty fast. But usually there is always a queue of around 5-6 people? But from observation, it moves quite fast as they also prepare a lot of takoyaki balls and after ordering, you only wait for them to put the sauce.

The takoyaki balls were heavenly. Haha. Very different from normal takoyaki balls. The outside was really crispy and when contrasted with the soft interior, was really a wonderful feeling. The filling seems to be a default of octopus, which is fine. A generous piece of octopus in each ball too, though slightly too chewy for my taste. Even when down to the last piece, which would have substantially cooled by then, it was still quite warm although not as crispy as the first one and still very delicious and the soft batter inside had not hardened.

Service was slightly more pleasant than usual experiences with a smiling cashier.

Selling point of these takoyaki balls besides their heavenly taste would be its simplicity. Not hindered by a need to choose what sort of fancy fillings.

Thought it was well worth the wait and the slightly steeper price (compared to other takoyaki stalls) is well justified not just by the taste but also by the bigger balls.

27 Sep 2011 • 18 reviews • 0 follower

Detailed review and photos!

I've written a detailed review with photographs at my blog, "she-glutton".

Here's a direct link to the entry about Gindaco:

http://she-glutton.blogspot.com/2011/09/ion-food-hall.html

Enjoy!!!

17 Jul 2011 • 147 reviews • 21 followers

Worth The Long Wait

More reviews at http://DanielFoodDiary.com

The 6 Takoyakis, contained in a boat shaped container said to absorb excess oil and prevent condensation, emitted a flavourful warm aroma. This is especially tempting when it was added with mayonnaise, aonori seasoning and shaved dried bonito. (I know of people who love these balls because of the ‘moving’ bonito.

The skin was indeed crispy-grilled, with the inside gushing out with warm batter that had a slightly more salty and unique taste than the usual ‘brands’. Better than any other Tako balls I have ever tried.

You would feel that the constant turning and grilling was necessary to create the delicious constant between the exterior and interior of a seemingly simple ball. Matched with a cold Macha drink, this is a satisfying meal on its own.

 

11 Jul 2011 • 290 reviews • 11 followers

Why is there a constant queue?

Ever since ION Orchard was open, there has always been a perpetual long queue at Gindaco Takoyaki. I have always wonder what the fuss was about as there are many other Takoyaki stalls in the heartland malls.

Gindaco Takoyaki from Japan was brought in by ION Food Concept (Basement 4). It has over 300 stalls in Japan and specialises in dishing out Takoyaki and Macha drinks.

Recently, on a weekday afternoon, I noticed that there was only 6 people in the line. What a short queue and it would be the best time to try this out.

After the outer crust has turned golden brown in colour, they are taken out and ready to be served.

Ordered 4 pieces of Gindaco Original Sauce Takoyaki. Topped with konomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise and shaved dried bonito. Each pieced was cooked till it was golden brown. Expected it to be very crispy similar to Japan Boat Takoyaki. However, when I ate it, I was disappointed as it was not crispy. Thought that this was just an average takoyaki. Moreover, each piece of Takoyaki cost $0.90 yet I felt that Japan Boat’s one was better in terms of taste, texture and even value for money ($0.80 per piece).

One reason for the queue maybe its ideal location. I certainty will not bother to queue for this if the queue gets too long as there is nothing special about this stall.

Currently, they have 3 other outlets.

Full review and photos: http://foodiefc.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/gindaco-takoyaki-ion-orchard/

16 Apr 2011 • 12 reviews • 2 followers

Fishy Pancakes!

I've tried many fish pancakes and this is probably one of the best I've eaten.

The pancake is crispy on the outside and its fillings are hot and explosive. With every bite I take, the banana comes oozing out. Unlike other pancakes which is usually filled with pathetic fillings, Gindaco sure is generous with their fillings. But of course, they charge higher prices too. Still, I'll definitely be back to try their azuki and custard pancakes.

THUMBS UP! :)