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#53 of 1,411 Japanese in Shibuya


Japanese, South American, Costa Rican
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Reviewed 4 January 2020

If you're a meat eater, what's not to like about flour, eggs, meat in ball shaped form with tasty sauce and eaten on the street with other flour ball eating patrons? This spot is right by the Shibuya JR Line Train Station, near Takeshita Street,...right across from the Meiji Shrine. In other words, this place is not light on attractions and a hearty snack is needed after all of the walking and sightseeing. After walking around Takeshita street, we took a walking detour through a few residential blocks from Takeshita street and first saw a long line formed by this open air stand/restaurant on the corner. Then we heard the upbeat, almost frenetic pace of orders being called out from the cashiers to the chefs. We thought...yes, this place is calling us. Mentally preparing ourselves for a long wait, we watched in awe as balls were poked and prodded with long metal toothpicks while being turned to expose the golden brown cooked flour batter. The line moved really quick and before we knew it we were at the cashier unsure which one to pick as they all looked amazing. We chose their best seller and could tell why it was. The staff was friendly. We took our balls of meat and walked a few feet to concrete benches where other folks happily ate their takoyaki. It was delicious.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 17 August 2019 via mobile

This place is great for a quick and tasty bite! If you’re in the area definitely try it out, it’s a very interesting japanese treat!

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

One of the best takoyaki. It costs about 600¥ and are very big portions. We couldn’t finish them. They look smaller than they are. Fresh and handmade but you only can eat outside. Would recommend.

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

Very good snack . The Gindako is fresh . You can see the personal cooked them in front of you . The prices is ok . The flavor is good .

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed 22 January 2018

This is Tokyo street food at its best. It's at a corner in Harajuku next to the JR Line station. The takoyaki is crispy on the outside and moist and incredibly hot on the inside. Not like the mushy takoyaki you get in the U.S....It was also fun to watch the chefs flip the takoyaki with thin long toothpicks.More

Date of visit: January 2018
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Delicious takonomiaki in this busy area. Very good for a snack, a large selection of takonomiaki even though my favorites are still the original ones. And have a beer with them!! EVery time I go to Tokyo, it is a must to stop there.

Date of visit: January 2018
Reviewed 22 November 2017

I had heard about these squid/ octopus balls and they are even better than I expected. I chose the ones with Teriyaki sauce and egg...oh boy how delicious! Even just watching how they're made is something new to experience. If I lived in Japan these...would be my regular fix.More

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Was here 2 weeks ago. The takoyaki is amazing! Cripy on the outside and soft inside. Delicious snack! I ordered the normal serving of 8 balls filled with octopus for 450 yen (normally 550yen). Ordered it just after noon time and it still taste great...when reheated for later at night. You can also watch the chef making the takoyaki through the glass window.More

Date of visit: August 2017
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

A delicious lunch time snack - eight balls filled with octopus in a cheesy sauce was the perfect recipe. It was fun to watch the chefs working to prepare them and the end result tasted so much better than the poor copies the UK tries...to produce!More

Date of visit: July 2017
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Takoyaki is one of the best snacks Japan has ever made, well, second to tonkatsu. And this particular restaurant, which is just a few meters away from the Meiji Shrine offers one of the best that there is in Tokyo.

Date of visit: February 2017
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Gindako is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4