The second London site for the Taka brand finds its home in Marylebone, following on from its Mayfair debut which opened in Shepherd Market in 2017.
Taka was founded by restaurateur Andrey Datsenko and his sister Anastasia, with the pair initially opening a location in Tokyo before making their way to London. The interiors reflect the typically minimalist Japanese style, with wood-panelled walls, low lighting and staff dressed head-to-toe in black.
You can expect to find a mixture of traditional and contemporary Japanese fare on the menu, encompassing sushi, tempura plates and desserts. Kickstart your meal with dishes such as edamame beans flecked with sea salt or crispy deep-fried baby squid pepped up with chilli and lime. There are sushi rolls to choose from too, with fillings including sweet shrimp, fresh water eel and fatty tuna.
Next up, pick from gyoza filled with combinations such as chicken and vegetable or shrimp and leek, or tuck into rock shrimp tempura served with a tofu chilli mayonnaise. It’s not all about the sushi and seafood though, as you can also enjoy dishes from the robata grill, such as aged beef ribeye or grilled salmon in a spicy sauce.
Desserts see classic puddings given added Japanese touches – think a matcha tiramisu served with yuzu sorbet, or a yuzu crème brûlée. If you’re not feeling adventurous though, you can stick to the more conventional likes of chocolate fondant or an ice-cream selection with flavours such as vanilla, blueberry and lavender.
Taka Marylebone’s site has a history of good restaurants. The space it occupies was formerly home to chef Peter Gordon’s fusion classic The Providores, which operated for 18 years. The Providores closed its doors for good in the summer of 2019 when Gordon and his business partner Michael McGrath decided to take a break from their careers to pursue travel and other projects.