Bangkok Foodie: Gindaco, Esplanade
Craving for some Japanese snacks? If you are looking for the best Takoyakis in town: head to Gindaco Takoyaki! The number 1 joint, made in Japan, for the warm octopus balls!
How does it look like?
It is thought out as a fastfood so the seating area is minimalistic and not very comfortable. The place looks really cute though and definitely gives you a Japanese vibe.
How do they treat you?
The staff is polite and efficient. It is an order and pick up restaurant so you can’t expect much more. What is nice though is that you get a black disk with your order, which lights up when you need to go get your takoyakis
How is the food?
For the novices: Takoyoki is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special takoyaki pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus (tako), tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion. Takoyaki are brushed with takoyaki sauce, similar to Worcestershire sauce, and mayonnaise. The takoyaki is then sprinkled with green laver (aonori) and shavings of dried bonito (katsuobushi). There are many variations to the takoyaki recipe, for example, ponzu (soy sauce with dashi and citrus vinegar), goma-dare (sesame-and-vinegar sauce) or vinegared dashi.
Gindaco’ s takoyakis are probably the best in Bangkok. They come up warm, crispy and flavorful. The Teridama, with the scrambled eggs is my favorite with the original ones.
Here is the menu:
Don’t think twice, if you want takoyakis and treat them as a full meal, that is THE place to go.
How to go there?
Gindaco is located on the basement floor of Esplanade, right in front of KFC.
There is another branch in Siam Paragon.
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