Tamayaki /The 5th Taste (453 P. Guevarra St., Addition Hills, San Juan)

Date visited: August 2013

What we ordered:

Seasoned Octopus Mixed Sauce Takoyaki, Mirin Chicken Ala Pobre and U.S. Flank Steak Tempura


Taste = 4.5/5

–          One night, we were driving around San Juan hungry and undecided on where we would eat.  It was at the point where this restaurant was located when we became too hungry already. Good thing we weren’t disappointed. I always wanted to taste Takoyaki again and this restaurant served really good Takoyaki. There were two octopus pieces per Takoyaki and half of our order had a semi-spicy curry-based sauce while the other half had a sweet sauce. The bonito flakes and nori highlighted the yumminess of the Takoyaki which were not fishy at all. Lyn’s chicken dish tasted a little bland but was juicy and tender. The Flank Steak was the best part of our dinner. It tasted like good thick beef strips cooked tempura style coupled with a very good tempura sauce. The special part was the baked potatoes! Actually, it was the very delicious wasabi-based sauce that made the potatoes and the whole dish very delightful. It’s hard to explain but the combination of beef, tempura batter, tempura sauce, wasabi crème fraiche and baked potatoes in one mouthful was exceedingly delicious!


Service = 5/5

–          The servers were very attentive and at one time, one of them immediately filled our glasses of water just as we finished them. The dishes were served very fast as well. They were very courteous and professional.


Ambience = 5/5

–          The restaurant looked relatively new and the lower floor was the Tamayaki area which looked like a place where kids who were into anime would appreciate. The second floor (The 5th taste) looked like where their parents would stay. The whole area looked very clean and the spacing was good.


Value for money = 4.5/5

–          The prices were above average but you could really see that they put effort when they prepared their dishes. The quality, taste and serving sizes of their food were also above average. Their service is one of the best we have experienced.

Click here for their Facebook page.

6 thoughts on “Tamayaki /The 5th Taste (453 P. Guevarra St., Addition Hills, San Juan)

  1. lmjapan says:

    I was hoping their Facebook page would have a picture of those baked potatoes, they sound so good and I’ve never tried it with a wasabi sauce before. Mmmm, flank steak, I haven’t had that in so long. My mom used to make it all the time but for some reason it’s become harder and harder to find that cut of meat in the supermarkets over here. Is takoyaki popular in your area? Oddly enough, I hardly ever see it in Southern CA which is very disappointing to M because he is a big fan of them!

  2. Liz says:

    I have no idea what Takoyaki is, but flank steak and baked potatoes sounds like my kind of meal. I would have ordered that straight away. This sound delicious!

    • rey & lyn says:

      Takoyaki is octopus slices with veggies inside a flour ball, cooked on a special stove top with spherical depressions then mixed with special sauce and bonito flakes on top. It’s yummy if done properly! The flank steak was really great. It was the first time we had steak that was cooked tempura style and fortunately it was executed beautifully.

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