At the end of yesterday's sweltering heat, I had dinner at Taku, a little bit south of Pacific on Smith Street. The food is Japanese in spirit but not exclusively so.
I recieved a friendly greeting from the staff when I walked in and had a little dish of spicy kimchee placed in front of me while I "thought about my order." It had a refreshing zip to it. A good opener.
For the main meal I had the tuna tartare which consisted of delicious, meaty tuna nestled in rice, sesame seeds and some kind of sauce. All of this was wrapped as a hand roll in seaweed. The rolls were delicious, a little too big to eat in one bit and as a result of tuna and sauce distribution, some bites were more flavorful than others.
Along with the rolls, I had a watercress salad with diced pear and pickled golden rasins. The sweetnes of the fruit was an excellent compliment to the peppery greens.
For an entree I had the scallops (3) which were perfect, crispy and golden on top, tender and briny inside. There were served with sauteed squash with herbs and pepper. All of this was surrounded with a rings of a spicy red pepper drizzle and a creamy ginger sauce. Yum!
For dessert, ginger ice-cream. Fabulous.
The service was excellent. Elvis Costello was playing over the speakers in hushed tones.
One challenge, there were only two choices of wine by the glass. Given that, there were many choices of saki. I know the burden is on me to be more adventurous with new and unusual drinks.
Great job Taku!