Eat & Drink

Painting Sushi at Taku

Some of us wave our sushi delicately at soy sauce, some of us dunk, but at Taku, you dip your ‘soy brush’ into a tumbler of sauce, and paint your sushi.  And, that’s the cute factor that drives this cosy but otherwise average Japanese spot in Soho.

Taku means ‘home’ in Japanese, and this restaurant strives to serve simple homely dishes. Home made tofu, onsen eggs (slow poached, usually in a broth), yakimono (grilled items, like at a robatayaki), tempura, and udon are the main features on the menu.

Amuse Bouche

We ordered the miso soup, which arrived promptly, along with a dish of tofu and tomato salad compliments of the chef as an amuse bouche. Our bouches were appropriately amused – the tofu in the salad was firm, almost like a firm mozzarella, and tasted fresh.

Salmon Avocado Roll

We then moved onto a salmon avocado roll, which, interestingly, arrived with a sort of salsa piled on top. I wasn’t expecting a fusion piece (takes away from the simple ‘homely’ aspect of the menu offerings), and this was rather mediocre despite the curious attempt at innovation. The cucumber bits in the maki roll were chopped into larger than average pieces and made it a bit difficult to enjoy. Next up, salmon sashimi, which arrived in three hearty (well, as hearty as sashimi pieces get) and delectable slabs.

Sweet Potato

We decided to give the yakimono a try as well, ordering some glazed eggplant, and Japanese sweet potato. Both were fairly bland but very filling; the eggplant is served on two skewers of three large pieces each, and the sweet potato arrives in four large pieces.  Don’t forget to brush these with your soy brush too!


Each dish costs about $98 so I’d say that Taku is a tad overpriced for the quality (not the quantity) of the food it serves. Service is prompt, and you should call ahead to ask for one of the booths for an even cosier feel in this dark, mellow restaurant.

A plus point for Taku is the freshly made wasabi  – not the processed green gunk some other Japanese establishments get away with.

Taku G/F, 35 Elgin Street, SOHO, Central
2545 9966

By Sai Pradhan

Sai Pradhan runs a communications focused headhunting firm, Trufflepig Search (link to, placing PR, marketing, advertising, and social media/digital candidates. Born and raised in Mumbai, Sai went to universities in Washington DC, London, and Edinburgh. She worked in New York City at PR agencies for some years, and then moved to Los Angeles where she wrote restaurant reviews and travel articles for an online newspaper, The Examiner, besides working as a PR and headhunting consultant. She moved to Hong Kong in August 2010 from Los Angeles, soon after which she discovered Sassy Hong Kong. Food is one of her main gateways into feeling at home anywhere, so she is looking forward to continuing to explore Hong Kong one restaurant at a time! Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @SaiSays


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