|Tokyo Ueno Ameyoko | Gindaco Cafe - Takoyaki (Grilled Octopus Balls) & Yakisoba (Fried Noodles)|
|Monday, 24 May 2010 00:00|
Guided by our instinct, we picked a cafe to chow down. Everything on the signboard at its facade is in Japanese except the name - Gindaco and the pictures of what they serve. People say a picture tells more than a thousand words. I guess the 4 pictures had provided us rather a lengthy story. Indeed inviting.
Tucked away in a strip of shops of the west wing at Ameyoko Shopping Street, Gindaco Cafe offers mainly Takoyaki and Yakisoba (means 'Fried Noodles'). Having said that, the long queue of people waiting outside this little restaurant gave a positive indication of our choice.
Takoyaki or literally translated as 'Grilled Octopus' is a popular Japanese snack, made from batter, diced or whole baby octopus, tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger and green onion, topped with okonomiyaki sauce, ponzu, mayonnaise, green laver (aonori) and katsuobushi (fish shavings/flakes). These dumplings seem to serve as the crowd magnet at Gindaco. Most folks were seen queuing for Tako balls, whether to dine in or take away as finger food.
We opted for Yakisoba instead, since neither of us is a big fan of octopus. One platter of plain yakisoba and another platter with eggs and katsuobushi (fish flakes). Simple but they were fabulous!
Less than 5 minutes walk from JR Ueno/Okachimachi train station.
|Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 12:05|