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Donaiya/
Otsuka: Takoyaki
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The takoyaki here
embodies a dramatic
contrast of textures
- a firm and slight-
ly chewy outer shell
surrounding an
interior that's
squishy and gooey,
ready to come gush-
ing out when prodded
with chopsticks. The
octopus, when you
can find a piece, is
remarkably soft and
tender. Mentaiko
(codfish roe) mayon-
naise sauce is an
appealingly spicy
topping, and worth
the Y50 extra; other
options include tart
ponzu sauce, dashi,
soy sauce and plain
salt.

There are eight
takoyaki variations
in all, starting at
Y450 for a plate of
six, or you can
spring for the Y980
twelve-piece platter
which lets you com-
pare four different
toppings. The shop
also serves yakisoba
and several types of
udon noodles as well
as beer and cheap
cocktails (from
Y320).

Located inside the
ground-floor food
hall of the Atre
mall in Otsuka sta-
tion, Donaiya has
twelve seats and
also does take-out
service. The origi-
nal branch is in
Osaka, the birth-
place of takoyaki.
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Toshima-ku,
Minami-Otsuka 3-33-
1, Atre Vie Otsuka
1F.  Open 10am-9pm
daily.
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