I Want the "Regular Takoyaki", Please!

Time to practice writing in English! Woo-hoo! Sorry if my vocabulary and grammar not so good~!


My mom and I were craving for takoyaki~ and still until today. Previous summer holiday, my mom went to Japan for the first time and she was so impressed by how delicious Japanese food are. We went to Osaka, and bought one box of takoyaki, and she thought they were super delicious.

The word of takoyaki consists of two Chinese characters 蛸 which means 'octopus' and 焼, means 'to fry or to grill'. Takoyaki is one of most popular Japanese snacks which made from wheat flour batter and cooked in ball shaped takoyaki pan. Inside the ball, filled with diced octopus and the batter sometimes mixed with ginger, tempura crispy, and spring onion. On top of takoyaki usually they put takoyaki sauce, dried katsuobushi, mayonnaise, and sprinkled with seaweed.

Five months after my mom’s holiday to Japan, she still craving for takoyaki, so after I arrived Jakarta, and we went to a mall, and found there is a restaurant where sell takoyaki~ we were so excited.

It was around 11 am, and I guess we were first customer who ordered takoyaki on that day.

I told the staff, “I want medium portion (8 balls) ordinary takoyaki.” Then we took to seats and other staff walked toward us to give us menu but we already ordered, so I said, “I already ordered, we want medium portion of ordinary takoyaki,”

The staff’s response, “What filling do you want? We have chicken, tuna, cheese, and you can mix them.”

“No thank you, we want regular ORDINARY takoyaki.”

Few minutes later, she came with order slip and stuck it to side of the table, and few minutes later I just realized that they put “KING OCTOPUS AND CHESE” (yeah it's lack of one 'e') on the order so I called the staff~ and said, “Sorry, we didn’t ask for cheese topping, and why there is cheese in order slip?”

“So you don’t want cheese for the topping?”

“Yeah we only want the octopus.”

“But the takoyaki almost ready~”

“But we don’t ask cheese.”

After we waited for 23 minutes, the takoyaki we were craving for coming~ wuaaa... eight big balls of takoyaki served in plate, looks so yummy.

Takoyaki~ yummyyy!

Luckily, though we had hard time (hyperbolic I know hahaha!) to explain that we only wanted the ordinary takoyaki which is filled with octopus, but Okirobar -name of restaurant we visited- has really good takoyaki. Okirobar also very generous on giving mayonaise and takoyaki sauce, yummy. It does taste similar to takoyaki in Osaka. Takoyaki in Osaka is really soft and melting~ and Okirobar is abit hard on the surface so makes it crispier, slight different with the real takoyaki, but that's okay since the taste is very good!

The next day, we went to another mall. And we... again bought takoyaki.

It was Okirobox in Kota Kasablanka, and it is in same group with Okirobar. We bought again 8 balls of takoyaki filled with OCTOPUS only. Anyway, takoyaki from Okirobar costs us 64.700 and Okirobar for 48.000.

Okirobox takoyaki looks a bit different from Okirobar takoyaki, smaller, and not so generous for katsuobushi and sauces. Taste different also. The takoyaki sauce not so hmmm~ sorry do not have good vocabulary hahaha but anyway, well Okirobar takoyaki taste better.

We sure want to revisit Okirobox/Okirobar shop to eat some takoyaki~ but takoyaki there not so cheap what and I need to reduce expenses, hahaha... Anyway, Okirobar restaurant has really good design, so if you are kind of person who take picture of restaurant you visited, maybe you will like Okirobar!

Okirobar Grand Indonesia Level 5 // Instagram
Okirobox Kota Kasablanka LG Floor Unit 1 // Twitter


  1. Sayangnya aku gak suka Takoyaki. Kayaknya gak tahan sama bau amis dari serpihan yang mirip hasil rautan pensil itu hahahaha.

    1. He seriusss? Bau ikan serutnya? Enak lohhh padahal~!