Located in the Tennoji and Abeno districts, takoyaki purveyor Yamachan is one of the most famous and highly-rated in its genre, and for good reason - their octopus balls are just some of the most delicious ones around. A must-visit when you’re in the area.
Abeno Takoyaki Yamachan - image © Florentyna Leow
Walk down the quiet street behind the towering Abeno Harukas and you’ll find Yamachan, an unassuming stall serving up some of Osaka’s tastiest takoyaki. You can find many a fine tray of takoyaki in the city, but Yamachan stands out even among the stiff competition for their flavourful takoyaki that’s lightly crisp on the outside but spectacularly gooey inside.
One of the many secrets behind Yamachan’s special takoyaki is the stock used to make the batter. It’s no ordinary bonito fish stock: all manner of vegetables from onions to celery, as well as fruit like pineapples, bananas, and apples, are added to a chicken and dried bonito broth. The whole concoction is simmered for four hours from 4am before they add kelp stock. It’s no wonder that the batter made with this broth makes the takoyaki extra flavourful when cooked up!
The staff at Yamachan recommend eating the takoyaki as is to better appreciate the flavour of the batter. While that’s delicious, the various flavour and topping combinations available aren’t too shabby either. The “Young B” style with soy sauce and mayonnaise is a superb flavour bomb, while the goma-shio (sesame oil and salt) gives each ball an addictive, moreish kick. Whatever you order, you should definitely add extra negi (Japanese scallions). Yamachan is a must-visit for takoyaki fans and those looking to be converted.
Abeno Takoyaki Yamachan
あべの たこ焼き やまちゃん
1-2-34 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka-shi, 545-0052
Sunday and national holidays: 11am-10:30pm
Closed 3rd Thursday
Train: 1-minute walk from the south exit of Osaka-Abenobashi Station on the Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line.
Train and Subway: 5-minute walk from Tennoji Station.
Official website (English and Japanese)
:: Read customer reviews of Abeno Takoyaki Yamachan on TripAdvisor.
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