We went to Taku on Saturday night to finally indulge in the omakase and to our delight, they were offering soft shell crabs as part of the six courses. They came fried in a multi-spiced batter and on a bed of sauteed cabbage laden with fresh peas and bacon. The cabbage was so perfect it could be a stand-out side dish in its own right!
The omakase included edamame; perfect yellowtail hand rolls; a salad sampler (loved the watercress, crisp rice, toasted coconut, Asian pears, with a tangy dressing); the soft shell crab; crispy Scottish salmon confit in green tea broth; Berkshire pork loin with daikon, Asian greens, and red miso sauce; Taku ramen; 2 different desserts (pannacotta and sundae); and coffee. Now, that's more than 6 courses and each dish was exactly half of the entree portion so it's also a ton of food. For $52, the meal can't be beat. Plus, the service is attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable and the atmosphere is clean, fresh, and thoughtful. I can't say half that much for most of the restaurants on Smith Street.
Taku continues to be our go-to restaurant and always satisfies, even if we just get the wings and the $20 ramen/Sapporro special at the bar. I can't recommend it more.