Taka Taka characterizes itself as a Mexican Sushi and Japanese Tacos joint. I guess you understand: this is a Mexican / Japanese fusion restaurant with a very interesting menu, branching out to these two distinct cuisines. It is not our first time there (previous review here) and we were looking for an original place, close to the heart of Tribeca, to celebrate my cousin Sandrine's visit.
Another originality of this place is its conveyor belt or kaiten sushi. It is like a fun way to eat: dishes with a number will pass in front of you and you decide to pick them or not. The number refers to the menu on the table set, so it quickly becomes a game. First you will look at what is passing by and then quickly try to know what it is, and then, it will be the reverse: you will be waiting for that number 5 to come. But do not worry: if you really want a roll, you can just ask them and they will make it for you.
Each plate has a color that corresponds to a price, so be careful: it can be a fun game, a pricey game...
To start our dinner, we decided to order some mocktails. Sandrine and Jodi got Kiiro that is tangerine juice, basil and a touch of lime.
I ordered the Gogo, a mango frappé with macerated blackberries:
I preferred the Kiiro that was an interesting combination, very refreshing, over the Gogo that was a bit difficult to drink because it was too thick.
So it was time for us to try some of the dishes. We decided to go exclusively with the kaiten sushi and passed on the menu. This is what we got (read: number - outside / filling):
05 - Seaweed / crab, cream cheese, avocado with chipotle:
15 - Tampico dressing / crab, salmon skin, cucumber, chile serrano and sriracha sauce (this was quite spicy!):
17 - Fresh tuna / avocado, cucumber, asparagus with jalapeño dressing:
19 - Spicy tuna / shrimp, baby spinach, masago and guacamole:
01 - Seaweed / lettuce, avocado, cucumber with tampico dressing:
07 - Rice and sesame seeds / salmon, cucumber and cream cheese:
10 - Shrimp with chile piquin / mango, cucumber, fried plantains and avocado:
06 - mixed sesame seeds / sweet potato tempura, zucchini, avocado with tempura drops (one of my favorite ones):
03 - Cucumber / banana, tomato, asparagus and avocado:
We could not get this last one from the conveyor belt as we kept looking and it never came. So, we ordered it and it came fairly quickly, meaning that you are not bound to whatever is created by the Chef.
For dessert, we got the fried ice cream that was fantastic and decadent. Think about it: fried ice cream!
This was a fantastic meal and I am glad that we got to get Sandrine discover this place. Next time we go, we will go for their menu as I believe it is where you see the fusion in all its splendor.
Enjoy (I did)!
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