Daily: 10:00 - 22:00
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.
Being a takoyaki fan, I found the real gem at this little kiosk at ION Orchard. If you spot a queue in ION food hall, you’ll most likely end up at Tsukuji Gindaco. Having queued several times, I think it is definitely worth the wait, as you get to see how the best piping hot takoyaki balls in Singapore are prepared.
Let’s get straight to the point. Gindaco serves the freshest and simplest takoyaki, topped with dressings and bonito flakes on a special leaf boat. The takos were crispy on the outside, yet the filling was meltingly soft, with a generous dose of small onions and a large piece of fresh octopus.
The best part – these premium takos did not come at a premium price. Only at $4.80 for six of them, it is cheaper per tako and definitely more worthwhile than many other takoyaki joints. Not to forget a few tables behind the stall for you to slowly savour your lovely takos.
Now, I would really think twice before buying takoyaki from other stalls.
For more photos and my complete review, feel free to visit Aaron's blog.
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.
I've written a detailed review with photographs at my blog, "she-glutton".
Here's a direct link to the entry about Gindaco: