My girl Kara loves her tacos so on a recent ladies night I suggested Taka Taka, a newish restaurant on West Broadway in Soho that offers Mexican Sushi and Japanese Tacos. Excuse me, what’s that you say? Ya, I had no clue what to expect in that combination but figured if anyone was game for trying something weird it would be Kara and I.
Walking in I knew this place was special as they have a sushi conveyor belt that weaves throughout the tables and kitchen….my ten year old self freaked out with excitement! Immediately upon being sat, we quickly snatched a few plates of tasty looking sushi rolls from the belt and dug in. In addition to the sushi, their menu is so unlike anything I have ever seen before featuring items like Mexican Miso with chiles, lime and cilantro, Kushiagues (breaded skewers), Japanese Tacos, Edamame with sea salt and Mexican chile.
Being the lushes we are, we ordered what seemed like a gallon of sangria with sake and ordered more food. I wanted to try the stuff I had never heard of before so we went with Shishito Japanese Peppers and Cheese Kushiagues and Don Cangrejo Japanese Tacos.
*Shishito Japanese Pepper and Cheese Kushiagues*
*Don Cangrejo Japanese Taco*
Weird but good…both dishes surprised us. The cheese and pepper skewers were gone in one bite and who doesn’t love fried cheese? The Don Cangrejo tacos filled with crispy soft shell crab, guacamole, onion and refried beans in a flour tortilla was more a burrito cut into pieces but it was so good who cares about the details .
Both dishes offered a lot of flavor with a slight kick and the various spicy dipping sauces they provide you with should be bottled and sold…I dipped my food, my chopsticks, my fingers in them to get as much as I could. Full of sangria, sushi and tacos we paid the check and departed. I squirmed a bit when I noticed that I was about to pay $17 for tacos…but the portion size was fair and they were pretty damn good.
The Japanese taco/Mexican sushi thing may seem like a weird combination or a fad, I mean it’s neither a Mexican or Japanese joint but Taka Taka’s twist on the traditional is definitely worth a try! Plus, if you download their iphone app you can score free drinks and food through their awards program! Give it a go!
330 West Broadway (corner of Grand Street)