Minatoya
Sasazuka: Takoyaki
Minatoya (Sasazuka: Takoyaki)
Minatoya
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

This charming neighborhood shop serves takoyaki, akashiyaki, octopus okonomiyaki pancakes, and kakigori shaved-ice desserts. The takoyaki iss a fairly orthodox version, studded with big, tasty chunks of octopus in a gooey filling. It's served on its own or in a snack called takosen, which is two takoyaki balls in a crunchy shrimp-cracker sandwich.

The egg-based akashiyaki dumplings come plain or in a version that incorporates fresh-tasting leek alongside the octopus. During the day, the plump kakigori shaved-ice balls seem to be the biggest draw. These come in interesting variations like avocado-milk and strawberry-pistachio, with an ever-changing roster of flavors.

Sasazuka
Shibuya-ku, Sasazuka 2-41-20.
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