i'm a big foodie and I appreciate good restaurants. My experience at Takara was somewhat disappointing though. I work a stones throw from this place so thought id treat my partner to a meal here. When I first arrived I was sent to my seat but on two separate occasions (a few minutes apart) I was asked by the same waitress 'am I meant to be here' and 'did I have permission to sit in this seat'. both comments were incredibly rude and I felt like leaving, plus to top it off the waitress left me waiting 20 minutes without a drink (despite ordering) and I had to ask the head matradee to get it for me.
Just to set my profile - I am 32 years old, well dressed and work in a professional job on Queen Elizabeth Street - not exactly rif-raf off the street.
the sushi platter was ok but dry. I ordered an additional £30 platter as we were still hungry and this did not fill the gap. Whilst I paid a total of £73 (£30 groupon voucher and £43 for the platter and a single vodka coke...) it should have come to roughly £143 assuming normal value. Now I've eaten at some of the best restaurants in London (Galvin at Windows, Sushi Samba etc) and pound for pound Takara was pretentious and over priced.
not too pleased and will certainly not be recommending this to anyone. Despite what other diners claim my experience was rubbish, and only accentuated by the rude waitress at the beginning.
my advice - avoid filling some fatcats pockets and eat elsewhere. I bet the owner couldn't give a hoot regarding my poor experience
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