Japanese fish-shaped cakes are all the rage at Hanamaru Cafe

SAN ANTONIO – The latest new foodie destination in San Antonio is Hanamaru Cafe, located at 7460 Callaghan Rd.

“We wanted to open something that no one had in San Antonio where we could bring ‘taiyaki,’ where it’s more diverse,” said co-owner Wickey Su-Mei.

From sweet fillings to savory fillings, you can choose from a selection of flavors that are stuffed inside the fish-shaped cakes.

“It’s kind of like a waffle and there’s mochi inside, so it’s a bit chewy and soft but also a bit crispy,” Su-Mei said.

Cafe Hanamaru has only been open for a few weeks, but already the restaurant is gaining popularity with its Instagram-worthy treats, including “taiyaki” served with matcha soft serve ice cream.

“It was very busy and we didn’t expect it to be this crazy,” she said.

The owners have been best friends for over ten years, both single mothers, and their goal is to share their culture (and their love for food) with all San Antonio foodies.

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“We just wanted something where we had something financially stable, something we could give our kids one day,” Su-Mei said.

The menu includes Japanese soda floats, nikuijaga bowls which include meat, potatoes and spices on a bed of rice. They also have cream cheese foam teas and more.

To follow Hanamaru on Instagram, click here. They are open Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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