The friendly server came right over to greet us and uncork the bottles of pinot grigio and pinot noir that we brought. I decided to enjoy a comforting glass of pinot noir filled with hints of berries and woody undertones, it went perfectly with the dim lit atmosphere. While we were browsing the menu the server brought individual ramekins filled with crunchy Japanese snacks for us to nosh on, cute added touch. Of course my friends and I could not decide on specific appetizers so we each ordered our likes and decided to share. I decided to sample the edamame and miso soup and sample I did! The miso soup was served in a large bowl, filled with generous chunks of tofu, leafy seaweed and earthy cremini mushrooms. It was a bowl of savory comfort! We shared the shrimp and vegetable tempura which came out a tower of veggies and skewered shrimp and accompanied with a soy sauce glaze for dipping. There was a variety of veggies such as zucchini, carrots, peppers, and broccoli and were tender to the bite, yet crispy on the outside. Also as crispy and delicious was the calamari. Served lightly battered and cooked perfect, it went seamlessly with wasabi pepper sauce. The sauce was smooth and creamy with a kick of spice, similar to that of a Remoulade
While we were all recapping our delicious dishes and planning our next visit the server came by to tell us about the dessert menu. Taka offers an abundance of desserts and a wide range of gelato and sorbet. Being rather full I decided to stick with the not as heavy gelato. The flavor choices were so fun like ginger, green tea, cookies and cream. I decided to go with a variety including green tea, chocolate, white pistachio and vanilla bean. Each individual scoop had a flavor so robust that I had trouble picking my favorite..okay I'd say the white pistachio! The pieces of fresh pistachio and the flavor of the nutty gelato worked together harmoniously. My friend had the ever so decadent chocolate pretzel tart which was sweet and savory. The crunch of the salty pretzel bits and moist pretzel crust cut the richness of the deep dark chocolate. One spoonful was plenty for me!
Taka is a great restaurant with a relaxing yet elegant atmosphere serving an abundance of delectable possibilities. Bring your friends, bring your family, or go by yourself for an inviting bowl of satiating miso soup. I can guarantee you won't be disappointed!