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Taku

#42 of 1,778 Restaurants in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence
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Altstadt-Nord
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Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 221 2703909
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Taku means the home of hospitality. This meaning is completely relevant in...
Taku means the home of hospitality. This meaning is completely relevant in the Asian restaurant Taku in the Excelsior Hotel in Köln. Here you can experience palate teasers from the kitchen's different Far East cookery and high end culture. Head chef Nicolas Auersperg cooks his dishes with authenticity and creativity and takes his ideas from purist Japanese, hearty Chinese or well rounded Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. The Taku offers two solutions for business people: the Office-Box in two sizes, that you can either collect yourself, or have it brought to your work desk, or the weekly changing business lunch which can be eaten in the restaurant itself. For a stay full of enjoyment, the modest service team welcomes guests in the timeless elegance of the Taku on the cathedral square. Here you can indulge in speciality dishes taken from fine Asian cuisine, served with an appropriate sake, or a wine to accompany the meal.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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This is a must when youre in Cologne. We ate here at lunchtime and it was a fantastic experience. The flavors of the food was amazing. Pricey of course, it has one Michelin star. But you will not regret it. I highly recommend it, and I will definately return, if I have a chance.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is a must when youre in Cologne. We ate here at lunchtime and it was a fantastic experience. The flavors of the food was amazing. Pricey of course, it has one Michelin star. But you will not regret it. I highly recommend it, and I will definately return, if I have a chance.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Very nice food, very good service, everything was excellent but be warned minimum price is €130 per person. Is it worth it? For a special occasion yes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Something I always wanted to do since it opened the doors some years ago. A perfect example of a restaurant you enter not knowing if it just opened yesterday or years ago. Clean, elegant yet warm and welcoming. The light and colors, the special touches here and there are only the beginning of an amazing journey throughout Asia in the... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Perfectly prepared asian fusion food , very interesting combination of flavors .Highly professional stuff. Nice quiet athmosphere. Shortly , we enjoy it a lot ( the only issue was the price , but it was expected, Michellin star restaurant , you know... ;-) ) If one is looking for something very special in Cologne , and You are not short... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The whole experience was fantastic, or waiter was informed before we arrived that my fiance was highly allergic to nuts so they made exchanged dished in the 'Chef Menu' for dishes that did not contain nuts. He also had an exceptional knowledge of the menu and also spoke very good English (which is hard to find in Cologne). Every course... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We ordered "the Journey" and found that all dishes were presented in a way that all in all, gave us a pleasant experience. However, when it comes to the flavours we felt that the composition sometimes was a little bit off. Personally I prefer dining areas that appear somewhat more warm, the interior at Taku is minimalistic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

this was our first asiatic michelin star experience. The facilities were very modern. Strange entry way from the street to the restaurant. Nice "runway" to enter the dining room. Nice goldfish encased the the floor. Food was delicious, and flavors very strong and intense. Service was excellent. But what a shame the restaurant is located in the basement, down deep.... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We stayed at the city's best hotel during our stay and it was natural to reserve a table in the hotel restaurant Taku last night (Sept 20th). Expectations were great - and they were met, but not more. We're probably used to high standards, and felt that the small details were missing. Nevertheless, we were pleased with the food, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

the modern style of the restaurant was a perfect match to the excellent modern twist to Asian recipes . It did not specialise in any particular Asian style but everything ordered was good , the little 'free' offering from the kitchen were superb as was the service . Not cheap but excellent overall

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We choose the 130€ 6-course tasting menu with 60€ wine pairing option (ie an additional 120€ for two for the wine, 6 glasses each). Up until the third course, we really thought everything was fantastic, great food, very good wines. Then came the lobster dim-sum, which was served WITH A GLASS OF BEER. We paid 120€ for 6 glasses of... More 

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Additional Information about Taku

Address: Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Phone Number: +49 221 2703909
Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  North Rhine-Westphalia  >  Cologne>  > Altstadt-Nord
Open Hours:
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 to 37
Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Asian, Thai, Vietnamese

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  North Rhine-Westphalia  >  Cologne>  > Altstadt-Nord
  • Neighborhood: Altstadt-Nord
  • Phone Number: +49 221 2703909

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 to 37
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Asian, Thai, Vietnamese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business, Romantic

Description

Taku means the home of hospitality. This meaning is completely relevant in the Asian restaurant Taku in the Excelsior Hotel in Köln. Here you can experience palate teasers from the kitchen's different Far East cookery and high end culture. Head chef Nicolas Auersperg cooks his dishes with authenticity and creativity and takes his ideas from purist Japanese, hearty Chinese or well rounded Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. The Taku offers two solutions for business people: the Office-Box in two sizes, that you can either collect yourself, or have it brought to your work desk, or the weekly changing business lunch which can be eaten in the restaurant itself. For a stay full of enjoyment, the modest service team welcomes guests in the timeless elegance of the Taku on the cathedral square. Here you can indulge in speciality dishes taken from fine Asian cuisine, served with an appropriate sake, or a wine to accompany the meal.
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?