Chef Shota Nakajima is bringing the lively and flavorful Osaka street food scene to Seattle.
The casual restaurant, Taku, is set to open in March and will serve up cocktails and food with a focus on Chef Shota’s favorite dish, kushikatsu — skewered and breaded fried meats, seafood, veggies, and cheese.
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Walking into Taku, you’ll immediately feel you’ve been whisked away to the bustling food stalls of the Shinsekai district in Osaka. The restaurant is set like a lively Osaka alleyway with vibrant street signs, manhole covers, anime posters, Japanese pop culture stickers, a giant Godzilla head, as well as Japanese-inspired art by local artist Dozfy.
There will also be a vending machine filled with merchandise including hats and T-shirts. Each vending machine sale will benefit a local non-profit that the staff is passionate about.
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The intimate restaurant seats a total of 30 guests and is solely for those aged 21 and over. For those under the legal drinking age, a takeout window will serve a similar menu and feature a dish called rice on the hill, a favorite food of Chef Shota’s that he claims to be missing from Capitol Hill’s late-night food offerings.
“I’m so excited to bring Osaka street vibes to Seattle through Taku. My time living in Osaka are some of my best memories and I want everyone who comes to Taku to have a great time, drink, eat, meet new people and enjoy life for a bit,” said Chef Shota.
Dishes in the restaurant will constantly be updated with rotating seasonal items, while their weekly “What’s this Wednesday” offers up surprise menu items available only on that particular Wednesday.
Guests at the restaurant will be able to glance over the menu before walking up to the counter to place their orders. The spot offers $2 to $4 kushikatsu skewers including shishito pepper, Japanese little smokie, lotus root, large shrimp, brie cheese, beef shortrib, veggies, mochi, avocado, and more.
For $15 to $33 guests can enjoy multi-piece cups of kushikatsu including Chef Shota’s favorite item, the Fuckit Bucket, which includes 10-15 skewered items served up family style.
Non-fried dishes include rice, cabbage salad, kimchi tofu, macaroni salad, miso soup, and others. Be sure to save room for dessert, as their tempura Salt & Straw Ice Cream, katsu banana split with mochi ice cream, and katsu mochi tossed in butter and chocolate is delectable and ever so Instagram-worthy.
The restaurant is set to open on Wednesday, March 11, at 3:30 pm, at 706 East Pike Street, Seattle.