So what do we need to know about Taka Marylebone?
This is the second London opening by brother and sister team Andrey and Anastasia Datsenko who were born and grew up in Tokyo. They opened Taka Mayfair in 2017 and have just followed that up with this new, larger restaurant.
Where is it?
You'll find in on Marylebone High Street - it's taken over the spot where neighbourhood favourite The Providores used to be. It's about halfway between Baker Street and Bond Street stations.
What kind of food is it?
Think Japanese food made with the best British ingredients. So the veg comes from Sussex farm NamaYasai which specialises in Japanese produce. The milk bread for the sando comes from Shepherd's Bush-based Happy Sky Bakery and the all-important fish for the sushi comes via Kernow sashimi in Cornwall. Group Executive Chef Taiji Maruyama (Beaverbrook and Nobu) has come up with the menu working alongside Head Chef Jonathan Dowling.
It's a mix of Japanese tapas, robata dishes, sushi and rolls and their mochi flatbreads. Here's what we had:
What's on the drinks list?
We would strongly recommend you start with a cocktail - we thought ours were both excellent. There's an extensive selection of English still and sparkling wines on the list too, but we ended up with a lovely light Vinho Verde (£29) which didn't overpower our dishes.
How about dessert?
Save a space, for sure - we were glad we did.
It feels like the team behind Taka are trying to do something genuinely different with their restaurants. The back of the menu with the map of the UK on it, listing their suppliers, sets out their stall. But while the focus is on all that amazing, sustainable produce, the chefs are then given free rein to do something fun and interesting with it. We liked this place a lot.
More about Taka
Where is it? 109 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4RX
How to book? Book online
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