After having kushikatsu at Ganso Kushikatsu Daruma, Dotonbori on the evening of day 2 in Osaka, we sat outside and wondered what we shall eat next. We didn’t have to think long as we were attracted by the food next door.
From a distance, Creo-Ru くれおーる looks very captivating with large signboard, red lanterns and colorful menus.
Creo-Ru takoyaki @ 450 yen for 6 pieces.
From this photo, can you see how soggy the inside is? It’s the same with Takoyaki Doraku Wanaka and Kukuru which I will show below. This is Osaka style takoyaki.
Couple of shops away, we saw Kukuru くくる with this large red octopus signboard. Dotonbori Konamon Museum (with fee) is located here as well where you can learn everything about takoyaki. We didn’t visit the museum.
From what I can tell from visiting this two shops, Kukuru is the famous one as there’s always a queue.
Kukuru takoyaki @ 650 yen for 8 pieces.
By this time, we’re full. Must be the flour!
I sampled three takoyaki shops during my short visit in Osaka; Takoyaki Doraku Wanaka, Creo-Ru and Kukuru. Amongst this three, Kukuru’s takoyaki is the least salty one. Creo-Ru uses smaller octopus (tako) inside the takoyaki while Wanaka and Kukuru offer larger octopus. All three have soggy interior but only Creo-Ru and Kukuru have soft exterior while Wanaka’s exterior is crispy. Price wise, they are really affordable street snack but Wanaka wins hand down for the most affordable at only 450 yen for 8 pieces. I personally prefer Wanaka.
Make sure you eat as many takoyaki and okonomiyaki as you can when in Osaka, because we definitely missed both later. 😉
くれおーる 道頓堀店 Creo-Ru (Dotonbori branch)
大阪府 大阪市中央区 道頓堀 1-6-4
Opening time: 11am-12am midnight, daily
(道頓堀 コナモンミュージアム店 Dotonbori Konamon museum store)
1F & 2F Konamon Museum
Opening time: 11am-10pm (Monday-Friday), 10am-10pm (Sat, Sun, Public holidays)
Nearest stations for both establishments: Namba, Nippombashi