I ordered one to go (six pieces for $3.99 incl. tax), and while I waited for my takoyaki to be cooked right in front of my eyes, I chatted with the two guys working at the grill.
Tako Kyuuban Takoyaki is a yatai-style takoyaki shop, which opens only on a selected weekends, only at Bellevue Uwajimaya. Shin (left), Don (right) and Lynn (not pictured – a super-friendly lady) started the business in July as a side gig. They are thinking about extending their business sometime in future to festivals, fairs, and maybe even catering.
Takoyaki (aka “octopus balls”) are fluffy, savory balls with diced octopus inside, fried on an iron grill or hot plate and traditionally served with Worcester sauce, mayonnaise, bonito flakes, and nori-seaweed. For my heavenly six pieces, I asked for all these toppings.
Mmmm, delish! Soft, flavorful and comforting. Brings back all my good memories of Japan. Last time I ate takoyaki this good was in Hawaii, on the 4th floor of Shirokiya. I’m going to make a wish that Tako Kyuuban’s business grows successfully here in Bellevue…or all over Seattle! Things this good need to be shared.
Tako kyuuban operation date and hour can be found on their website, or on facebook Tako Kyuuban Takoyaki