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Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Altstadt-Nord)
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Ranked #18 of 1,745 Restaurants in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $37
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Neighborhood: Altstadt-Nord
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Oslo, Norway
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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245 reviews 245 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
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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Alfortville, France
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113 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

It is a very nice place with tranquility. All the foods are delicious. Especially the starters are extraordinary and unique. The service was quite good and the waitresses were extremely polite.

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EHEKoeln, Küchenchef Restaurant 'taku*' at Taku, responded to this review

Dear Caglar, we are very proud to read that you enjoyed your visit of the Restaurant 'taku'. Everyone of us loves his profession and gives the best everyday and we are delighted that our concept, our dishes and our staff could convince you. We hope to welcome you again soon and remain with the best wishes. With kind regards Mirko... More 

Cologne, Germany
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Located right next to the Dom, this restaurant offers an excellent choice of asian fusion. If you are looking for Peking duck make sure to order it a day in advance, it is worth it. If not, the menu is excellent and offers lots of great choices

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Puebla, Mexico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We went there with our team from work shortly before Christmas and I especially enjoyed the homemade chocolates. All of us really likes the food, atmosphere there was a bit cold - I do not know how it is in the evenings.

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Additional Information about Taku

Address: Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Phone Number: 02212703909
Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  North Rhine-Westphalia  >  Cologne>  > Altstadt-Nord
Open Hours:
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 37
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese

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