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Trankgasse 1-5 / Domplatz, 50667, Köln

(((() Asian
Main course: 30€
Food spend: 80€
Opening hours
Dienstag - Samstag: 12.00 - 14.00 Uhr und 18.30 - 21.30 Uhr

Super Service. Hervorragendes Essen, toll zubereitet.

Andreas Jaeckle 26 November 2016
from Basel

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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.


Trankgasse 1-5 / Domplatz, 50667, Köln

Contact +49 2212701

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Customer reviews for Taku

4.5 (((() (based on 70 reviews)
97% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (51)
  • luxury (45)
  • business (37)
  • lunch (20)
  • romantic (20)
  • trendy (13)
  • private dining (5)
  • entertainment (3)
  • value (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • ((((( 7 December 2016 by Erik Lierenfeld from Dormagen


  • ((((( 7 December 2016 by Freddie Soethout from Pulheim

    Es hat uns sehr gut gefallen in dem ruhigen und reduzierten Ambiente. Der Sevice war perfekt und sehr ausführlich wurden die einzelnen Gänge erläutert, auch der empfohlene Wein war vortrefflich. Im stetigen Reigen der aufgetischten Köstlichkeiten haben wir das fließen der Zeit vergessen - plötzlich war es kurz vor Mitternacht.

  • ((((( 26 November 2016 by Andreas Jaeckle from Basel

    Super Service. Hervorragendes Essen, toll zubereitet.

  • ((*** 15 November 2016 by Prof dr dietmar Pennig from Köln

    Interessantes Restaurant. Service allerdings mit einer Ausnahme überfordert und wenig geschult.

  • ((((* 11 November 2016 by Anthony Lipovats from Athens

    We enjoyed very much the eating experience at Taku. We found the menu slightly limited but it compensates in terms of quality. The staff was great. Our only regret was the long wait between the various plates. The (delicious) amuse bouche offerings could not fill the protracted intervals.The duck plate was the one that we thought could do with some serious improvement.

  • ((((* 7 November 2016 by Patrick Hutter from Altdorf bei Nürnberg

    A fine combination of Asian and European flavors, paired wonderfully to a single winery. This was, indeed, a special occasion; which was, however, also why I cannot rate the restaurant on "per norm" basis. What was served was of the most delicate - and the amuse-gueule off the menu were excellent. The service was of the best, very knowledgeable on technique, history and/or preparation of the dishes, as well as absolutely forthcoming - we were immediately provided with a second serving of bread and butter after aspirating the first round (it was good!), and were offered a second plate of after-dinner pralines (which were exquisite!) seconds after we were done with the first. We kindly refused the second praline set - it seemed too much like the proverbial Python mint... Standing out, as regards the food, we particularly found the Iberico pork with quail egg and the kroepek with shrimp and mayonnaise, served as hors d'oeuvres, fantastic. As was the Tonka bean cornel with berries served as "in-between" dessert.

    If in town, certainly worth making a reservation...

  • ((((( 2 November 2016 by Claus Grimm from Niederkassel

    Sehr gutes Dinner mit vielen "Grüßen aus der Küche"

  • ((((* 30 October 2016 by Alfred Wadle from Clausen

    Sehr gute Küche exotisch angehaucht. Zum Genießen.

  • (((** 23 October 2016 by Thomas Heimer from Frankfurt am Main

    Wir mussten ziemlich lange auf die zweite Flasche Wein warten. Ansonsten war der Service nett. DAs ambiente scheint uns eher für Geschäftsessen als für abendliche Gesellschaften eingerichtet zu sein.

  • (((** 23 October 2016 by Anton Kellner from Saarbrücken

    Nach einigen schmackhaften Amuse-geules war der 1.Gang des Jubiläums-Menüs schon ein Downer: es gab gebeizten (!) Lachs mit einer absolut langweiligen Schaumsoße. Die folgenden Gänge waren teilweise geschmacksintensiver, es fielen aber immer wieder schlechte Zutaten auf: der Kaisergranat war ein kleines labberiges Schwänzchen, die Entenbrust beim Hauptgang war zäh und beim Dessert lag ein Stück steinharter Honigkuchen. Wegen der Vorschußlorbeeren insgesamt eine große Enttäuschung.

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