i'll admit, i was immediately intrigued by Taka Taka's "mexican sushi/japanese taco" gimmick. the restaurant is currently in soft-open and without a liquor license, but they are serving the majority of the menu.
the restaurant itself is bright, colorful and fun - definitely a place to go with friends rather than a date. the "sushi" is served by conveyor that winds through the booths and past the counter seating. the booths are quite small and could only fit a max of four people per table. a larger group would have to sit at the counter or across the belt from each other, making it not ideal for bigger parties.
Taka Taka doesn't give the impression that it's trying to be a four star restaurant and it's not. while the dishes are carefully presented, they're not works of art - unless you include minimalism. portions are imbalanced, especially when you consider value. some of the hot appetizers are priced at $5 each and only include a small bite. we were a party of five (with one chair pulled up to the booth) and passed on ordering some dishes as a result of the quantity-to-value ratio. the more expensive japanese taco "entree" is served solo and could have benefited tremendously from a side of rice or vegetable. at $17 a plate, i wouldn't order it again, despite it being one of the more flavorful dishes of the night. give me some chili roasted edamame or something!
ultimately, the sushi wasn't mexican enough and the tacos weren't worth the price. serving a spicy, creamy sauce with maki doesn't make it mexican. neither does sticking avocados everywhere. that said, we all enjoyed the tuna sashimi guacamole, although, it needed some chips to eat it with. guac and chopsticks don't mix well. yakitori was also a success, both beef and chicken, and not totally out of range in terms of cost.
we'll keep an eye on the place. if prices come down or dishes are better portioned, Taka Taka could make for a fun lunch spot. they're set up for Shabu Shabu, but not serving it yet. could be interesting...
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