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Reviewed December 31, 2019

Osaka is the Japanese capital of street food and one of its signature dishes is takoyaki. In the area of Namba/Dotonbori I've found Wanaka and during my holiday I ended up eating takoyaki there every single day. You order from the stall on the street...and you can either take away or eat inside. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

Before coming to Osaka, several places said that despite being a chain, Wanaka did the best and tastiest takoyaki in the city. Walking around Namba there were several dozen places to choose from, some with queues, some without. Wanaka had no queue when we bought...them, but they had a queue later. These are cheap takoyaki - you get 8 for 500¥ and they are big. Plus there are lashings of seaweed, dried bonito, sauce and mayonnaise. However I was not blown away - they use the cheaper pieces rather than whole octopus and you get less octopus per ball than in other places. Meanwhile the consistency is a bit soft and all the toppings detract from the flavour of the batter, which for me means they were hiding a weak batter. I'd go to a different takoyaki place next time.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

We've tried different Takoyaki stalls and this is not the best. Prefer the more chewy type. Don't be mislead by the long queue.

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

A very popular Takoyaki restaurant "Wanaka" next to "Yoshimoto Grand Kagetsu (NGK) " in Namba(Sennichimae). It is delicious even if you eat it regularly with sauce or mayonnaise, but my recommendation is "boiling pot salt." Furthermore, if you eat without mayonnaise you can taste the...Takoyaki of "Wanaka" as it is. You sit in the restaurant and eat it.More

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Delicious Takoyaki with a good selection. I wish I could have eaten more. Friendly staff and easy menu to follow. There's a small seating area at the side of the store. Eight original for ¥450. Would visit again next time I'm in Osaka.

Date of visit: January 2018
Reviewed March 27, 2018 via mobile

It was my first time trying takoyaki and it was interesting. They were fluffy and easy to eat on the go. The service was fast but I think the takoyaki is just not my thing. Flavors were there but I think I was just expecting...something different. The line was long so it could just be my taste.More

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed January 24, 2018 via mobile

I ate a takoyaki. That was very very hot, but it was so delicious. Then I saw the comedian in SHINKIGEKI. Let’s try eating it

Date of visit: December 2017
Reviewed June 25, 2017

While enjoying beer in the shop, I ate the highest tasty Takoyaki. It was the most delicious of Takoyaki I had ever eaten.

Date of visit: January 2017
Reviewed April 23, 2017

We couldn't stay in the Takoyaki prefecture without dining at a restaurant specialising in it. We chose to have our Takoyaki after a long day at Universal Studios - we didn't get back to Namba until after 8pm so knew there was little hope of...getting a sit down restaurant. So while on the train back I quickly looked up a travel blog where Wanaka was rated exceptionally highly and it was a stall so we were assured to get served and could take the meal back to our accomodation. Win, win, win. Ok - so english was a little strained - but with some of my broken Japanese and pointing we were able to successfully complete our order. We had about a 7 minute walk back to our accomodation. The Takoyaki was still pipping hot - but didn't work well with the toothpicks provided by the staff so I opted for a fork. So. They look like they've cooled down but they're still incredibly hot inside - the Takoyaki in Osaka is responsible for many of my mouth burning issues during our trip. This Takoyaki was unbelievably good - there were quite a few options and even a sample plate which my husband ended up ordering. If you are hungry and JUST eating Takoyaki I would opt for one of the larger packs - I had the 12 pack and it wasn't quite enough for me. Service was fast and friendly - the staff helped us with our order and we received exactly what we wanted. It was packaged really well and made it back to our accommodation in great condition. If you've had a long day, want a fast and delicious meal or did are milling around after 7pm with no reservation this place is 100% for you. Also perfect if you want to sample some of the best Takoyaki in Osaka.More

Date of visit: February 2017
Reviewed March 3, 2017

Stopped by to get a pack or takoyaki on the way to Dotonburi from Namba. Delicious and easy to eat even after having dinner. It wasn't busy out front when we stopped by so it was really fast to get a serving.

Date of visit: January 2017
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