Another post by Pick…this time about Bakudanyaki. It almost makes me wish I still lived in Richmond so I could try this out but I guess I’ll just have to make a trip out there!
Having lived in Richmond for almost my entire life, it’s easy to spot when a new restaurant pops up. Tenku Bakudanyaki has been no exception. Tenku Bakudanyaki is located on the corner of Gilbert and Elmbridge (in Richmond) in a large open parking lot across from what use to be club Blox. It operates out of a small trailer kiosk usually with a few cars parked beside it everyday from 11:30am – 9:30pm (as long as they don’t run out of Bakudanyaki).
So what is a Bakudanyaki? Bakudanyaki are quite similar to Takoyaki (fried Japanese octopus rice balls) and have been called by some the next Japa Dog. Bakudanyaki are about 4 times larger than the regular Takoyaki. In addition, they’re stuffed with cabbage, shrimp, octopus, squid, sausage, and a quail egg. The Bakudanyaki come in 7 different flavors, which are essentially the different sauces and toppings placed on top of the Bakudanyaki. Flavors they come in include curry, chili mayo, original, wasabi mayo, mustard mayo, pizza and a daily special. So far, I’ve had two different specials, curry, chili mayo, pizza, and original.
My favorite so far has been the chili mayo. I love ebi chili mayo, which may be why I like the chili mayo Bakudanyaki the best. It’s a little bit sweet, with a nice spicy kick.
My second favorite would probably be the pizza flavor. It’s quite different from the other ones, as it’s not simply a different sauce that’s thrown on top of the Bakudanyaki. Pizza flavor has cheese melted on top of it and then an addition of tomato sauce on top.
Third would probably be original, which tastes just like an oversized Takoyaki.
Curry would be my least favorite. It’s still delicious, but the flavors didn’t seem to fit as well as I had hoped.
I would include my own pictures of Bakudanyaki, but they come in a small takeout container; and when squished inside such a small box, Bakudanyaki look rather unappealing. Bakudanyaki are $5 each and are rather filling. Wait times for Bakudanyaki can take anywhere from 1 minute to 15 minutes depending on how busy they are. The servers are always friendly and willing to chat it up with you if you’re bored while waiting though. When I get a chance to try the other Bakudanyaki, I’ll finish the rest of my review!
Price: Bakudanyaki’s are $5 each
* All pictures except for the first one are courtesy of http://bakudanyaki.com/ The first picture is taken by Pick