A fairly new ice cream shop in Boston’s Seaport District, imported from New York City, has already established a firm status as Instagram bait, featuring fish-shaped cones filled with colorful swirled soft serve and toppings. Soon, the shop will add yet another photogenic draw to its menu: Taiyaki NYC (119 Seaport Blvd., Boston) will add the fluffy Japanese souffle pancakes popular at its Manhattan location to its Boston menu on November 8, celebrating the addition with a grand “opening” weekend. (The shop itself opened back in April.)
These coveted cakes will be a rare breed, available only on Taiyaki’s weekend menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They’ve been an anticipated addition to the menu since Taiyaki’s opening earlier this year, with the shop promising that they would be coming soon, but they require special care to get just right. The shop has its origins in New York, where there are three locations, with additional shops in Miami and Toronto.
Taiyaki takes its name from its main menu item, fish-shaped Japanese cakes filled with soft serve. With flavors like matcha, chocolate, vanilla, mango, and more, the ice creams come with assorted toppings (including unicorn horns).
Boston’s location will also introduce Care Bear-themed cones this month (starting October 25), in an official partnership with the brand, with vibrant swirls and toppings coordinated to the bears’ colors.
In addition to soft serve, and soon souffle pancakes, Boston’s Taiyaki serves hot and iced matcha, matcha lattes and frappes, and taro slush.
While local Taiyaki fans have been looking forward to the souffle pancakes, they’re actually not the first of their kind in the Boston area. The South End’s Bootleg Special (400 Tremont St., Boston), though known for its Cajun-style spicy seafood boils, also offers souffle pancakes on its weekend brunch menu with four preparations: plain, bananas Foster, strawberries and cream, and chocolate hazelnut. An alternative to ponder while standing in Taiyaki’s inevitably long line this November.