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Taki Taki: Low Lights, High Spirits, Irresistible Makis

As diverse as Mumbai is, authentic Japanese and Pan-Asian cuisine has never reached the same levels of high gastronomy or ever celebrated in the same way before as now (post-pandemic). Enter – Taki Taki. Like a clandestine culinary cult, this chic and stylish restaurant offers charm with a succulent dose of substance

LF Says: ★★★.5

Taki Taki Mumbai 

Located right on the promenade at the World Crest Towers, at Mumbai’s central and buzzing Lowe Parel area, Taki Taki is the latest addition to the island’s fast growing dining and leisure hub, a sleek and sophisticated restaurant and lounge serving Asian and Japanese cuisine
 
The restaurant maintains a refined, fine dining aesthetic with dark walls and sumptuous velvet furnishing. Quite incongruously, it’s entrance is narrow and almost miss-able, but leads indoors to a marvellous, expansive restaurant and a spacious bar. Asian artworks are combined with modern furniture. By day the place is bright and airy, by night soft pink-coral lights make it cosy. The décor and setting are unequivocally flashy, and the food matches up.

Taki Taki Mumbai
 
Launched by the Bengaluru-headquartered VRO Hospitality, lovers of Asian cuisine will feel right at ease, as the menu offers all the familiar, comforting dishes such as dim sum, sashimi, soups and a wide range of appetisers and spirits. A live sushi bar offers guests classical sushi options like Taki Taki Maki, fried avocado, tanuki, jalapeno and balsamic caviar Spider Maki, soft-shell crab, avocado, tobiko and scallion and Victory Maki, tuna and salmon, crab meat, avocado, asparagus, and unagi sauce. A variety of Nigiri and Carpaccio add to this incredibly detailed menu. 
 
Looking at the menu is enough to make the mouth water. I started my meal with a classic Hot and Sour Soup, followed by a selection of dim sums, a crispy wanton tostada and a succulent Wakame salad (made of seaweed), which had a rich, earthy flavour. 

Prawn & Shitake Dimsums Taki Taki Mumbai
 
It’s easy to fill up on the fabulous array of appetisers, dim sum and sushi, but diners should leave room for mains. The chef has successfully combined the crown jewels of both cuisines to create something genuinely unique. I followed my appetisers with a generous portion of Chilly Garlic Silken Tofu, Massaman Vegetable Curry (Thai spiced curry) and Wasabi Pickled Rice. Their Avocado Maki Sushi is a must-have. The flavours were not over-whelming and just right, and the tofu was light and bouncy. 
 
Rarely does a vegetarian dish leave such an impact, but the food was delicious, steaming hot and divided into delicate tiny bowls. The presentation ingenious and imaginative, and the servers were quick to respond, knowledgeable and attentive. I accompanied my meal with a cocktail – The Red Temptation (Tanqueray, lychee, passion fruit, basil, lemongrass and Red Bull). It was savoury with just the right amount of tang. They offer a wide selection of malts, blended whiskeys, sake, and cognacs. 

Wok Tossed String Greens Taki Taki Mumbai
 
Desserts are a mix of Asian and international dishes, and we opted for their sweet and simple signature Apricot and Ginger Chocolate Cake with Rum Raisin ice-cream. A true Fire and Ice combination – it had an Instagram-worthy presentation!
 
Style and substance can be hard to come by, but Taki Taki has managed to marry the two together perfectly. It’s clear the staff are passionate about this new endeavour. The restaurant is filled with laughter, high spirits and warmth. For spectacular decor, chic vibes and fantastic and authentic cuisine, be sure to book a table. 

Conclusion

The Dawn of SPices Taki Taki Mumbai

The vibe: Low lights, high-spirited servers and contemporary-chic decor. 
 
The food: An exciting and well planned menu that experiments and ventures into new territory while offering delectable staples to the conformists.
 
The drink: From pinot noir to sake, international cocktails spliced with Japanese flavours, all the bases are covered
 
LF Says: ★★★.5 
 
Coordinates: World Crest, Unit No.1A & 1B, Lodha, Senapati Bapat Marg, Upper Worli, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra

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