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Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Altstadt-Nord)
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Ranked #16 of 1,643 restaurants in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $37
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Altstadt-Nord
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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86% Recommend
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2 reviews
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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147 reviews 147 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
278 helpful votes 278 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Munich, Germany
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

we had our business dinner at the restaurant and i am glad i didn't have to pay. i mean the food and the service were really good, but when we left we had to pay about 150 euros including drinks.

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Brussels, Belgium
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

The dinner we had in Taku on 12 October 2013 was one of those experiences you will never forget. Between the menu on offer and a la carte dishes with wines suggested by the house we want from one wow experience to the next. The food was excellent. The service was even better. Asia meets Europa, all accompanied by German... More

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Tudela, Spain
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Very good dishes, nice menú, excellent atenttion, a bit expensive but worthly for tasting asian food style. Decoration is good, quiet atmosphere, nice personnel, excellent flavour. I recommend for business or couples... It is worthly...at least once...

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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The fusion food served here is extremely creative and very tasty. Small portions make it possible to try a number of dishes (we had the 6 course menu which was perfect). Service is friendly and knowledgeable, good wine selection including an excellent selection of reasonably-priced German wines. Good advice was provided by the sommeliere. As befits a restaurant of this... More

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