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Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 221 2701
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good19%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

SO AMAZING! One of the best tasting menus we ever tried. Perfect timing for serving dishes, food is like an artwork in every aspect. It is pricey but worth every cent! Perfect place for a calm evening, there can be no rush in such a...More

Thank Ludmila D
excelsiorhotelernst, Manager at taku, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Dear Ludmila D, Thank you for visiting our restaurant taku and for sharing your wonderful feedback with us. We are delighted that you had one of the best tasting menus here with us and that you found the restaurant to be a perfect place for...More

Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

This was my second dinner at this fantastic restaurant. I will not wait long to go back! A friend and I visited taku for dinner; we chose the Chef’s menu, and selected the 5-course meal. It was a feast from beginning to end. In particular,...More

Thank Teresa B
excelsiorhotelernst, Manager at taku, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2017

Dear Teresa B, Thank you so very much for dining with us again and for this fantastic review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the Chef's menu as well as the choice of white wine. Your brilliant feedback has been shared with the entire team...More

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Amazing experience! We were looking for Michlen Star in Cologne, and found this place not through trip adviser. Its pitty , that it took 190 + place in this rating. So, the place, decor, atmosphere is fantastic! Food delicious, and after when you order the...More

1  Thank Наташа У
excelsiorhotelernst, Manager at taku, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Dear Наташа У, Thank you for finding us and for taking the time to share your kind comments here with us. What a wonderful review. We are thrilled you enjoyed the delicious food as well as the wine recommendations. It goes without saying that your...More

Reviewed 4 October 2017

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

1  Thank Chris C
excelsiorhotelernst, Manager at taku, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Dear Chris C, Thank you for visiting taku and for taking the time to share your feedback. We are truly sorry that you did not like most of the dishes that were served and that you were left alone in an empty restaurant. We are...More

Reviewed 23 September 2017 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 25 September 2017

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$55
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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: +49 221 2701
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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