The chocolate fish waffles of Japantown

Whenever I go with friends to Japantown or to the Kabuki theater during the day, we sneak over to May’s Cafe and pick up some taiyaki, aka chocolate fish waffles.

“Chocolate fish waffles?” you ask.

“Hell yeah. Chocolate fish waffles. Waffles, in the shape of fish, filled with warm dark chocolate, red bean paste, or a chocolate-banana pleasure-coma-inducing mixture.” I say, making fish gestures in the air with my hands and then biting my fingers when my hand swims too close to my mouth. “They are delicious, and totally cheap. Perfect for sneaking into the Kabuki theater.”

You nod and make fishy swimming gestures with your hands, too, this has become our secret code of awesomeness. “That sounds tasty. Where can I buy these so-called chocolate fish waffle taiyaki things?”

“Hmm,” I say frowning. “It’s hard to explain. It’s in the Japantown mall, in the second building on the second floor. It’s located next to a crepe place, and kind of tucked around in a corner. It’s across from a cellphone doodad store.”

“Did you just say ‘doodad’?” You ask.

“Ignore it and move on.”

“I still don’t really understand where this place is. Should I just click that Yelp link above?”

I nod and wish you luck in your hunt for the elusive chocolate fish waffle and his cousin, the red bean paste fish waffle.

* Taiyaki were previously mentioned on SFMetBlogs here *

5 Comments so far

  1. sw (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 4:47 pm

    chocolate fish waffles? oh the awesomeness, i’m so checking that out next time i’m in japantown


  2. Lauren (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 8:14 pm

    Chocolate and waffles are just about my two most favoritest foods in the whole world! And I have fond memories of red bean paste from when I was in Japan years ago. So I will be making a trip to May’s Cafe next week for sure.


  3. 49Giants (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 8:47 pm

    Yes, those fish are pretty damn awesome. I’ve been having those with Italian Icees that they used to sell in the mall since I was a tike. But if you want some true Jtown goodness, go to the other side of the mall, by the big ol’ bookstore. Sophie’s Crepes, baby. Good God, man, its hella good. May I recommend the standard vanilla ice cream with Nutella and strawberries and mandarin oranges?


  4. Poormojo (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    Yeah man, I’ve been to Sophie’s crepes many times. Very dangerous place for someone witha sweet tooth.


  5. Rico (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

    Nah, Sophie’s don’t make real crepes – more like waffles. They are not supposed to be crunchy! The real deal crepes is right next door to the fish waffle place, right across from the girly doodad shop. Real moist, soft, eggy crepes like they were inteded to be….mm…mmm.



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