Philly's first takoyaki eatery

Philly will get a different sort of Japanese eatery in January.

Maru Global Takoyaki, in a Washington Square West  storefront (255 S. 10th St.), will feature the round pancakes known as takoyaki that are a Japanese street-food staple.

Chef Ryo Igarashi (a veteran of Jose Garces’ orbit) and his wife, Nicole (whose family owns Walt’s King of Crabs), are behind the 17-seater, which is aiming to do mainly takeout.

Ryo Igarashi will prepare takoyaki, stuffed with bits of seafood, meat, or cheese; grilled to order; and topped with sauces.

The couple says ingredients will be locally farmed, organic, and sustainable.

Opening is pegged for Jan. 25.