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Balón Tokio – It’s takoyaki o’clock!

Though takoyaki is getting more and more popular in Madrid, there is still not that easy to find in Madrid and only a few Japanese restaurants offer this kind of croquette stuffed with octopus. But what is really difficult to find is a good one!

Not anymore! Balón Tokio is a small restaurant—it is more like a bar than a restaurant—that offers the best takoyaki in Madrid hands down. Their menu is short and simple: takoyaki as the only main dish, which they offer with 5 different toppings (original, Japanese, soy sauce, salt and pepper and cheese), and 3 small dishes (gyoza, edamame, yakitori and wakame seaweed salad). If it’s your first time eating takoyaki you have to try them with the original sauce first, their gyoza and yakitori are also fabulous, you shouldn’t miss them!

What is also surprising in Balón Tokio is the price of all the dishes are very reasonable. You know that Japanese restaurant is normally synonym of pricey, but not at this place: they want to offer authentic Japanese food at a normal price. No wonder it is always packed.

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Details about this spot



Calle Echegaray, 29, Madrid

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Opening Times

Mon, Wed - Sun 13:30 - 16:00, 20:00 - 0:30


8 takoyaki: € 5,50

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)