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.
This book will introduce you to more than twenty of Japan's favorite specialty foods that are less well known abroad, along with a guide to the best places in Tokyo to try them and expert tips on what to order. From Bento.com.