Madly delicious takoyaki@Gindaco, Harajuku

One of the must-eats in Harajuku, as well as in Japan itself is..Takoyaki, gooey octopus balls! I rarely had a good eating experience with most Takoyaki stalls in Malaysia.

But after coming across Gindaco by chance while we ventured about the Harajuku area, I’d thought I’d give this a try, seeing many people reviewed about this place favourably. There was already a long queue when I arrived. It was easily a good 10 over persons leading in queue prior to my turn.

The wait took a good 20 minutes or so. A wee tad too long for Takoyaki. My patience could have gone real thin. Thank goodness that the working area was visible to patrons and while waiting, I had a good look over how they cooked the the balls and these guys were very serious about ensuring their Takoyakis were cooked to perfection.

Finally my turn came! Nearly 30 minutes wait. Kinda crazy as I usually will not do such things back home. Each pack comes with 8 Takoyakis and minimum cost is 550 yen.

I took the original flavour, with bonito flakes and teriyaki sauce.

It could be that I was hungry, or the greediness built up after queuing up for 30 minutes, but it was the BEST Takoyakis I ever had. Thin brownish layer of super crunchiness wrapping in the gooey soft chunky octopus bits inside. It was really amazing to have this at 5 degree weather. We were sitting at the road side, over a couple of mouldy bricks while munching ’em away. 

A few days later, I saw the branch at Ueno station with no queue at all. I would try this again at other branches instead of the Harajuku’s to avoid the long queues. 

BEST-EST TAKOYAKIS! 

Address:

Gindaco,

1 Chome-14-24 Jingumae, 

Tokyo 150-0001, Japan

 

Foodie exploring my way through@The Commune Social, Shanghai

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After walking out of Cambio, we took a good 15-minute stroll or so, probably a couple o’ blocks up to The Commune Social, one of the top hangout restaurant/bars in town. Just in time! As the only open at 6pm onwards.

The dimly lited romantic feel place was already packed when we arrived. The layout of the place was narrow but elongated, with the bar and restaurant stretched all the way in.

We sat very deep in, at the end of the restaurant, by the kitchen, to watch the chef-perts do their thing. It was quite cool to see ’em cooking, in a setting much like Hell’s kitchen. The head chef really did screw one of the cooks when the dish presented was under average.

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Cheers! To an Estrella beer. One of the higher end Spanish beers, served in a glass!

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The cheese baked appetizer, with sun dried tomato slices, was…really SMALL portion. Haha. When the dish arrived, only did I realize that my tummy ain’t gonna be full from this meal!

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It wasn’t bad! Did open up our taste buds from the combustion flavours of cheese and egg and tomatoes. Just, very, very small portion..phew.

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The Commune Social burgers apparently is a must-have. The chef stationed right in front of us was where these golden buttery tender juicy babies were prepared. Gotta say, the beef patty was OOOMMPPPHHHHH! BUT..POPPED. Gone in an instant. Small portion. Phew.

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These guys are rather sentimental in nature. They gave out little note books where you could pen down anything you could think of during your dining experience here.

I, too, felt sentimental and marked my foothold here too! So, checked! Miss foodieventura was here!

And one hour later……..

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Local China bottle of beer, and a plate of fried chicken ordered via room service. Supper time! Now this is what we call, a real meal! *burps*

Address:
The Commune Social
西班牙菜
511 Jiangning Rd, Jing’an,
Shanghai, China
Website: http://www.thecommunesocial.com
FB page: https://m.facebook.com/TheCommuneSocial