Takoyaki, a blend of Palawan and Japan

Patrons queue to avail of Osaka Takoyaki’s “Lucky 9” promo.

Osaka Takoyaki opened its newest branch at the plush SM Puerto Princesa last September 14, with no less than its owner Hiroaki Hamada gracing the occasion.

The cozy bar located at the newly-inaugurated mall’s ground floor offers authentic Japanese food including the popular Takoyaki balls, which proved to be an instant hit to the locals, who queue up on opening day to try out the exquisite Japanese equivalent of the Pinoy fishball and various other authentic Japanese cuisine.

Takoyaki balls prove to be an instant hit to Palaweños.

Takoyaki balls are best eaten when they right off the pan. Just be aware, they can sear your palate if you are not careful. Take it slowly and savor the rich blend of tofu, seafood, eggs and whatever secret herbs are in the recipe. We did try to ask Hamada san what the ingredients are and he politely said “secret”.

Osaka Takoyaki is owned by the Ryoaki Group of Companies, one of Puerto Princesa City’s newest foreign investors that has also ventured in the transport sector with a fleet of taxicabs and gasoline stations. It has four branches in operation and Palawan is the second provincial branch next to Cebu. The company is still expanding with 20 more branches that are in the pipeline.

The SM Puerto Princesa opening was graced by no less than the Sy family. As soon as the stores opened, a long queue of patrons formed outside Osaka Takoyaki to avail of its “Lucky 9” promo that offered a 6-piece set for only P9, a definite giveaway considering its regular price P120.

Osaka Takoyaki owner Hiroaki Hamada graces the opening of his resto at SM Puerto Princesa.

“What make us different from other mall Japanese restaurants is that our ingredients are directly comes from Japan,” Mr. Hamada said.

Today, the Ryoaki group has employed more than 1,200 staff in its various business ventures including its emerging business in Palawan which has tapped almost exclusively manpower and resources from the province.

Osaka Takoyaki owner Hiroaki Hamada poses for a photo-op with his local resto staff.

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