Jr and I never let a good takoyaki pass by unnoticed. If there was takoyaki on the menu, we would most likely order it. If there was takoyaki in the food court, we’d probably go by the kiosk and get one. We’ve had the best takoyaki of our lives after queuing for it in Dohtonbori. But admittedly, I am still partial to the tako-less takoyaki of Samurai balls. I don’t care if they’re just balled up, overly seasoned pancakes. Those little guys are the bomb.
So when Jr heard that there is a do-it-yourself takoyaki set you can order in Kenshin, a Japanese restaurant in near Maluggay St, we trooped our way to Makati. I mean, friends couldn’t invite me to Makati even after twisting my arm. But strong is the call of food, so we braved the traffic and headed south.
Kenshin is a fast casual Japanese restaurant that resides at the ground floor or a residential condominium. They had a Mt Fuji mural on one wall, the other wall is lined up with Japanese whiskey bottle reserves. The tables are full with families out for a saturday dinner and couples out on dates. But most importantly, there are Japanese patrons in the establishment.
Basically, the general rule for dining out in any establishment offering regional cuisine, if there are people from the same country eating in a restaurant boasting their cuisine, then it must be authentic and good.
Jr ordered the Chicken Karaage set, while I ordered the Beef Sukiyaki set. The Chicken Karaage was soft and tender you can cut it with your chopsticks. The Beef Sukiyaki was sweet and meaty. Both sets had generous servings and good enough to share. If you don’t want to share, which I understand, the set comes with unlimited rice.
Lest we forget, we also ordered what we came here for: The Do It Yourself Takoyaki.
The server placed the butane can powered, single burner on our table and fired it up under the takoyaki plate. She placed all we needed on the table: the cooking oil, the batter, the fillings and the seasonings. And in spite of the many times we’ve seen a takoyaki cooked before our eyes, we still asked for instructions on how to actually do it.
It’s delicious. It’s another take on the table cooking we love doing at those yakiniku/hotpot buffets. And most of all, it’s fun.
G/F The Linear Makati
Yakal street corner Makapis Street