Chef Shota Nakajima is bringing authentic Japanese karaage to Seattle

Apr 20 2021, 12:26 pm

Chef Shota Nakajima is set to reimagine and reopen his casual Capitol Hill restaurant, Taku, nearly one year after closing it due to the pandemic.

Nakajima has refined the menu to feature his favorite childhood food — karaage, also known as Japanese fried chicken.

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Taku will reopen on Wednesday, May 5, offering marinated, buttered, and twice-fried karaage nuggets and wings available wet or dry in a five-piece, 10-piece, or 15-piece order, as well as the return of the glorious F*ck it Bucket.

Also in the lineup is a chicken karaage rice bowl, a curry karaage burger and a selection of classic Japanese sides like mac salad, furikake fries, cabbage salad, miso soup, and more.

 

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“My favorite lunch growing up was my mom’s chicken karaage and rice. The nostalgia and comfort I feel for this homemade dish inspired me to make it the focus of Taku’s new menu. I can’t wait to convey the simplicity of Japanese fried chicken to Seattleites!” Nakajima said in a press release. The teriyaki karaage is his favorite.

All of the side dishes at Taku were inspired by Japanese izakaya offerings, and Nakajima highly recommends the cabbage salad “as it helps break down the fat.”

Taku will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 3 to 10 pm for to-go orders only. Orders can be placed online at takuseattle.com or at Taku’s takeout window on East Pike Street.

Nakajima plans to open Taku for dine-in when his whole team is fully vaccinated and “when he feels it is safe enough.”

Taku

Location: 706 East Pike Street, Seattle
Phone: 206-829-9418
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