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Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 4922 12701
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good19%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Most of the dishes simply did not work. One of which was so salty it was actually inedible. Service was appalling, constantly left in an empty restaurant with no staff on hand to turn to. Getting the bill alone took around 35 minutes. We were...More

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely 6 course meal at this great restaurant. We had some initial problems with the welcome taster, as I had booked a vegetarian tasting menu for my fiancé. The wine pairing included some great sake. Overall the service was good and the...More

Thank CatoHJ
excelsiorhotelernst, Manager at taku, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear CatoHJ, Thank you for visiting taku and for taking the time to share your feedback here with us. We are truly sorry to hear that you and your fiancé experienced some challenges with the welcome taster and are glad that this has not affected...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

A phenomenal dinner and superb service. The food was culinary art at its highest -- this chef and his team are both creative and gifted indeed. The pacing between courses was perfect. We ate the 5-course Chef's Choice dinner, and I recommend this highly. My...More

Thank Teresa B
excelsiorhotelernst, Manager at taku, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Dear Teresa B, thank you for visiting taku and for taking the time to share your dinning experience here on TripAdvisor. We are delighted to read that you and your guest had a lovely evening and that you enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant as...More

Reviewed 15 July 2017

Amazing decor and food that is out of this world - we had the four course tasting menu and after about 6 courses the waitress brought " the starter" - although at first glance this restaurant may appear expensive the food is amazing and it...More

Thank Jonathan M
Reviewed 8 June 2017

First of all I must say that this restaurant is very well located and beautiful. The service was amazing (I always love that). The food was excellent with attention to detai, but I liked the vine pairing even more. Loved the little gift I got...More

Thank Eva S
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Fantastic atmosphere, flavors, and service. Although I am not sure how much snickers has to do with Asian cuisine...the end snickers deconstruction dessert was spot on 👍

Thank Marcus K
Reviewed 1 May 2017

The dishes here are very creative and tasty and the staff is knowledgeable and professional. Besides the ordered meal, there were several small in-between dishes which were unique and creative as well.

Thank michael p
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

This place is cool and trendy but lacks atmosphere , a little soulless. The food however was mostly excellent, the selection of pre snacks / amuse bouchée were very good particularly the oyster , garlic and chilli dip and roasted turbo ( didn't get why...More

Thank phillip g
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Nice environment but skewed more towards the modern-kitch than to the modern-chic (see the goldfish swimming under the floor and the red dimmed lights), this restaurant offers trendy, well executed recipes on the overpriced side. I really appreciated some very up to date proposals, with...More

1  Thank chibakun
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Service is perfect, pitty that guest from east block countries visiting this star restaurant with load mobile phones and no appreciation of the excellent good food. The refined and presentation of the food is fantastic. Not a cheap place but for lovers of good service,...More

2  Thank euroa2017
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$35 - US$44
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  North Rhine-Westphalia  >  Cologne>  > Altstadt-Nord
  • Neighbourhood: Altstadt-Nord
  • Phone Number: +49 4922 12701
Taku means the home of hospitality. This meaning is completely relevant in the Asian restaurant Taku in the Excelsior Hotel in Köln. Here you can experience palate teasers from the kitchen's different Far East cookery and high end culture. Head chef Nicolas Auersperg cooks his dishes with authenticity and creativity and takes his ideas from purist Japanese, hearty Chinese or well rounded Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. The Taku offers two solutions for business people: the Office-Box in two sizes, that you can either collect yourself, or have it brought to your work desk, or the weekly changing business lunch which can be eaten in the restaurant itself. For a stay full of enjoyment, the modest service team welcomes guests in the timeless elegance of the Taku on the cathedral square. Here you can indulge in speciality dishes taken from fine Asian cuisine, served with an appropriate sake, or a wine to accompany the meal.
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