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Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Altstadt-Nord)
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Ranked #23 of 1,711 Restaurants in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $37
Neighborhood: Altstadt-Nord
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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48 reviews 48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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220 reviews 220 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
280 helpful votes 280 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We were staying at the Hotel Excelsior Ernst and partook in the EUR155 eight course degustation menu. The good was great - just one course (the sole) was a little salty for me but otherwise all courses were delicious with delicate flavours and attention to detail in the preparation. Eight courses was actually twelve with the extra amuse-bouches and desserts.... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

We stayed in the Excelsior Hotel Ernst this weekend and decided to have our meal on Friday night in the hotel's Taku restaurant which we had not tried before. The restaurant is neatly tucked away downstairs by the fish river. The tables are set out in a spacious fashion so one would not really be 'overlooked' or necessarily overheard, and... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

I enjoyed my meal at Taku very much. The cooking was of a very high standard and it was my first time enjoying fusion food at this level. The service was attentive but not fussy. The only negative was that the restaurant was extremely quiet.

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

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