I always get excited whenever I get to discover new hole-in-the-wall restaurants around the metro. What makes them special: their passion for food, the intimate set-up (due to the usually small area) and the unique experience that they can offer for their customers. Recently, we discovered Hokkaido Takoyaki . A casual Japanese restaurant that mainly serves Japanese snacks like Takoyaki, Japanese Pancake and Yakisoba.
Address: 108 N.S. Amoranto Street, Banawe, Quezon City, Philippines
Contact No: +63 2 2561958
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hokkaidotakoyaki.ph
The place looks appealing from the outside. The lighting is good and there is enough parking space for about 2 cars, although it could be more because it shares the street parking area of Chef Tony’s Popcorn and New Orleans Cajun Restaurant. All three establishments that are located next to each other have one owner.
They also offer al-fresco dining for those who want to eat their snacks outside.
Despite the hole-in-the-wall structure, they managed to have this show-kitchen concept to let customers see how their food is being prepared. My friends loved this.
The place is mostly made with wooden materials. Hokkaido Takoyaki can accommodate around 20 diners together. I am actually thinking of having my next birthday celebration here. You know, just some cute and comfortable place to eat snacks while having good conversations with the people you value most.
We were so impressed on this cute wooden area (kotatsu) where you can sit and dine comfortably while barefoot. It makes me want to stay longer for more chit-chats and discussions.
Hokkaido Takoyaki‘s menu is very simple. They have their signature Takoyaki in different variants, then the Japanese Pancake (Okonomi Yaki), Gyoza, Yakisoba, Toast and some specialty drinks. Very straightforward. Although I really wonder, when will they start serving rice meals? I would love to eat don-buri meals here someday.
Salmon Takoyaki (6 pcs) – PHP 179.00
This is the real deal! Unlike the other takoyaki variants served in some shopping malls, theirs are really different. Our favorite is topped with salmon spread drizzled with Japanese mayo. The thick and sweet sauce is OK together with the cheese sauce but be careful as it has a tendency to overpower the overall taste of the dish. Personally, I don’t want to consume a lot of this snack. I like to share it always to avoid the feeling of being fed up with food. There’s a lot of “umay” factor in it that I can’t explain. Maybe one cup of rice would help? I’m not sure.
There is a slice of octopus meat in their takoyaki and it does not emit that ocean smell and the texture is tender. Although there are times before that the octopus meat was a bit gummy.
Bacon Okonomi Yaki (Japanese Pancake) – PHP 165.00
This one is also delicious. Topped with egg and bacon, its a perfect afternoon snack. It is served hot, ergo, the fish flakes “move” because of the heat emitted by the dish. However, the thick and sweet sauce which gave me the feeling of being fed up (umay) was re-activated again since the dish tasted almost the same as the Takoyaki that we ordered. Could it be because both dishes taste very rich? Anyway, for a good experience, choose only one between the Japanese pancake and Takoyaki.
Yakisoba – PHP 150.00
Their Yakisoba is the reason why I came back. It is always served hot and bountiful. The vegetables are fresh and crisp and I love it. The noodles are cooked perfectly and timely, and the semi-sweet sauce blends perfectly on it. It can be shared with a friend but I am willing to say “friendship over” if they attempt to steal my bowl of Yakisoba.
They also serve specialty drinks and milk tea but we didn’t order this since we were already full. When I come back, I will try their Matcha with Nata.
Dining at Hokkaido Takoyaki is totally worth it. On top of the delicious food and nice ambiance, it’s their staff and employees who bring charm to this hole-in-the-wall restaurant. I really like their attitude. From the entry, they will make sure that you will notice their hospitality by giving you a warm greeting and a wide smile. Additionally, they are careful enough to inform you that food preparation might take longer than usual since we visited the place on a Saturday night, and all tables are fully occupied.
Also, we can see that the staff really liked what they were doing. The lady server made sure that everybody is served equally and she still managed to assist the cooks with regard to the preparation of foods and packing them for take out orders. The cook who prepared our food looked “fired-up” and passionate with his job and the result is very evident when you finally taste their food.
Restroom is OK and clean. Check out the photo from the link here. Overall recommendations below:
- Come and visit Hokkaido Takoyaki Banawe if you love Japanese snacks. Make sure you won’t miss their Takoyaki variants and the super delicious Yakisoba.
- Call them before you visit on a weekend (dinner time) just to check if you can still get a table.
- They also accept advanced food orders via phone for dine in and take out — this will save you time as well.
PS – I heard that they are about to open a new brance at Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill, Taguig. Yay!