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taku

#98 of 1,821 Restaurants in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Altstadt-Nord
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Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
492212701
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Saturday
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Cologne, Germany
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262 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been several times at this place and always went home happily. They also have regular events, one I love mostly is the annual 2-3 Starred Chefs Dinner. Its a collaborations of Taku's Chef with one other Chef who also carries the star. The event is usually sold out, so please dont miss the reservation on time. One other thing... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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94 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner at taku on Christmas while staying at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst in Cologne. We love Asian food-based tasting menus, but taku missed the mark. Good, for sure, but not Michelin star good. A little disappointing given the price.

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Thank Alexandria Traveler
Faversham, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

This Michelin Star restaurant makes you feel special with excellent service and attentive staff. I would describe the food as modern Asian or modern fusion Asian but tasted delicious. We had 4 courses each and the children chose 4 courses which they shared between the two of them. We were served 2 amuse bouche and petite fours at the end... More 

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Tienen, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

The food was excellent. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The setting is very nice. They even serve a vegan menu A great evening out. Would certainly recommend Taku for a great meal out.

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Thank Thierry V
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

This is a one star Michelin restaurant in the basement of Excelsior Hotel Ernst across from the cathedral. It specializes in east Asian cuisines (mostly Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese). For dinner, they have a choice of three menus such as a vegan one and one named "journey" (apparently inspired by a Asia trip of chef Mirko Gaul). Everyone at the... More 

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Thank Andreas V
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Does not worth Price and quality. Plus we get some artificial subject madeof iron in our dishes and no one even bother about it, we been offered a coffee.

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2 Thank Kristina V
Cologne, Germany
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

the room is beautifull, food is absolutely excellent and original. Perfectly cooked meat and fish. I loved it. BUT I do not recommed: - we waited 20 min to have the menu - we had to order the exact same menu my wife and I. Even the same combination of food. No choice. - service was incredebly slow. After 2... More 

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4 Thank Mathieu C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

Stunning location by the cathedral, down some luxury style stairs through a glass door into a very simple but upscale underground restaurant. The service is a bit formal for 2015 but attentive. We had a taster menu which is described as 8 courses but in reality about 12 courses and goodness knows how many dishes. Each course is small but... More 

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Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Having been to Taku a number of times in previous years, we were looking forward to going back. Sadly it has changed and not for the better. The service, which used to be attentive and friendly has become pretentious in the extreme and somewhat intrusive. The meal took far longer than expected, and the waits between courses were unacceptably long.... More 

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2 Thank MMHelen
Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Wow! This was a birthday treat on my lovely wife's birthday. We'll be back though. The food was superb & the service very attentive. We chose the journey menu with wine matching and it was a super choice. We had 6 courses with added selections from the kitchen between. This was some of the best food I have ever had... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$33 - $41
Cuisine
Asian, Japanese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
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
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: 492212701
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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