Updated: July 04, 2019
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All-You-Can-Eat Takoyaki!! Gindako Ikebukuro Nishi-Guchi (Tokyo)


The Ikebukuro Nishi-Guchi location of the famous takoyaki chain 'Gindako' is the only location in Tokyo to offer an all-you-can-eat and drink plan! If you're a fan of takoyaki, this is your chance to eat as much takoyaki as your heart desires for 60 minutes! We went to try it for ourselves!

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Takoyaki Lovers Rejoice! Tokyo's Only All-You-Can-Eat Gindako!

This particular Gindako is just a 2 minute walk from JR Ikebukuro Station's west exit, near the entrance to 'Romance Dori.' At first glance, it appears to be a normal Gindako, but actually, this is the only Gindako within Tokyo that offers an all-you-can-eat and drink option!
The sign outside reads "fill-your-stomach with takoyaki all-you-can-drink set." Apparently, this all-you-can-eat and drink set is available Monday through Thursday, from 3:00pm to 9:00pm. The time limit is 60 miunutes, and the price is ¥2,160.
The takoyaki was served at a pace of about 5 minutes between orders.
The staff was constantly grilling the takoyaki and carrying it to the table as it finished cooking. A 4-piece takoyaki boat is normally priced at ¥290, so in order to get our ¥2,160 money's worth, we would need to eat at least 7.5 orders within the 60-minute time limit. This didn't seem like it was going to be any trouble, considering the quick pace.

Crispy Outside, Gooey Inside!

This is the all-you-can-eat original 'takoyaki.'
The batter is made up of Gindako's original takoyaki flour mix, water, tenkasu (fried puffed rice), green onion, and pickled ginger. This has been the restaurant's main and most-popular item since its opening.
The exterior is beautifully crispy, and the inside is gooey with a nice chunk of juicy octopus. The quality of the takoyaki is exactly the same as if it was ordered normally, and no corners have been cut to make the all-you-can-eat takoyaki any cheaper.

The taste is excellent and goes wonderfully with a cold beverage (also unlimited for the 60 minutes!)

The Classic Takoyaki Isn't the Only Item That's Unlimited!

In addition to the classic 'Takoyaki,' Gindako's 'Negi-Dako'(green onion takoyaki), 'Cheese Mentai'(cheese and mentaiko takoyaki), and 'Teritama'(teriyaki egg takoyaki) are also part of the unlimited menu! It's fun to be able to try all the different flavors and eat a lot of takoyaki without getting tired of eating the same flavor.
Out of all of those flavors, the one I'd recommend most is the 'Negi-Dako.' Dipping it into the oroshi tentsuyu sauce is delicious, and creates a super-Japanese flavor.

Summary of the All-You-Can-Eat and Drink Set

・Days available:Monday through Thursday from 15:00 to 20:00
・Time limit:60 minutes(Last order 10 minutes before time expires, and must be finished eating within 20 minutes after time expires)
・Note:All drinks are unlimited, except for beer, which is limited to 1 per person.
 ※leftovers not permitted!

In Closing

If you've ever dreamed of eating unlimited takoyaki, this is your chance to make it a reality! As stated above, this all-you-can-eat plan is only available at the Gindako at Ikebukuro Nishi-Gushi, although you'll find Gindako stores everywhere. Give it a try!
I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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