Taka's is a small take-out sushi place located at the Five Corners in White Rock, just up from the beach. A little known gem serving fresh and flavorful sushi with a welcoming smile.
After hearing a lot about this place, finally decided to try it out. The place is really small as mentioned. This restaurant does not have tempura or the standart cooked dishes. We found out later that there was an ownership change and I was left wondering what the food was like before, based on all the raving reviews. The sushi is quite expensive as 6 pieces of the chef's aburi nigiri ran to nearly $40 with tax. As for the sushi, the fish is fresh, which is good. The aburi sushi is topped which a lot of sauce and some with mayo. The first piece tasted great. I liked it. Then came the second piece which tasted like the first. Because of the volume of sauce on the sushi, all the different pieces tasted basically the same.
Maybe I made the wrong choice in choosing only aburi and should have tried something else. As mentioned above, it is quite expensive so I am hesitant to give it a second try.
I'm shocked that there hasn't been a review written yet for this incredible gem of a restaurant. I feel so fortunate that it's located near us here in White Rock. This is a rare find of having truly wonderful food served with genuine care and attention. The couple who work here are truly nice people who work exceptionally hard to please their patrons.
I believe that the fish is ordered from Japan, so you are getting high quality fish that beats any other I've tasted in any other restaurant. It literally melts in your mouth, clean with no fishiness or after taste. The rice quality is great too, which I've been told is a hallmark to making sushi.
My husband who is French and incredible picky about quality will not eat sushi anywhere else. We are greeted warmly whenever we order from here and are given good suggestions when we ask for them.
I really want this restaurant to flourish since it's so good and is run so well....thus I really hope that people support and appreciate this amazing little (mostly) take out restaurant. There is a small sushi bar and a couple table if you want to stay and eat....it's a small space but it still is warm and enjoyable to eat there.
This is my first review and maybe it's raving a bit, but when you find a restaurant that's really good....well, you want it to be around for the long run.
Well, I finally got around to trying out Taka's. I'd been hearing nothing but good things about it for a number of years, but was put off by a few things. First, the price. Well yes, it is more than typical, but I think it's justified by the decidedly superior quality of the food. Second, the location -- I usually take a bike around town and I wasn't sure if I needed to go down Johnston Road when there was Kuroishi or Sushi Black Tuna closer to home. Well, sure, it's a little more effort, but it's definitely worth it. And most of you will be coming in your cars anyway, so who cares. My last concern was the amount of seating. Two tables with two seats apiece, and then seating for four along the sushi bar. No problem. I just sat at the bar and that was fine. I did show up at opening (11:30am) so maybe it's more of an issue later in the day, but it worked for me today. And sitting at the bar, there's not much to look at, but that's no big deal really.
Anyway, on to the food. I was somewhat over-faced by the menu, which is mostly rolls, so I decided to let the short list of lunch specials inform me. Presumably these were what Taka thought were solid choices. So, I went with the first item, "Taka's Favourtie Lunch" ($13.25). An Eamon Roll (poached salmon roll with red tuna and avocado outside, topped with spicy sauce), four pieces of nigiri (two sockeye salmon and two tuna), and miso soup. I received the miso first, and it was certainly of a higher quality than I'm used to. It had a few exotic mushroom slices floating on top, and although I normally don't eat mushrooms, these were good. The maki was then presented. Delicate flavours, appealing presentation, and enough pieces for the price. The sashimi was also satisfying. I had been getting a bit bored with sushi at the other places around town, but the well-sourced fish here has renewed by interest.
My first order was good enough to call for a second, so I asked for a Cajun roll ($6.50), which is part of the second lunch special (Cajun Lunch). This one included crawfish tail, salmon, avocado, jalapeno, and topped with spicy sauce, cayenne pepper, sesame seeds, and masago habanero. Not quite sure what that last one is, but regardless the roll was even better than the first. For dessert I went with two pieces of mochi ice cream. These are little balls of vanilla ice cream coated in mochi, a nice chewy layer composed of pounded sticky rice, served in halves, with a cute little metal skewer for picking them up, and sprinkled with some kind of green powder -- some kind of tea product I guess. At $1.75 each maybe I should have gotten four, because they were really really good.
Anyway Taka's is pricier than usual, yes, but I feel it's worth it, especially if you're getting a bit bored with wherever you usually go.
I could eat sushi almost everyday (and I have in the past). Having moved back to BC after a number of years I have had difficulty finding a sushi place that made me want to come back for more. I realize that everyone who likes sushi is an expert on what is good and I suppose I am no different, which is why I haven't posted any sushi reviews on this website, as it is so personal. But Taka's makes me want to come back and try the variety of rolls, the speciality fish, where I regret being full that I have to stop eating. This is a Japanese sushi chef trained in Japan where training takes many years, who understands that it is the balance of textures and flavours, not the quantity of rice, that makes good sushi. The Crunchy BC roll is one of the best I have ever had, east or west in Canada or the US and I had despaired of finding a proper salmon skin roll after several local disappointments with non-crispy skin (and one of the most generous with the salmon skin too). The spicy salmon was subtle and also generous with the amount of fish. I will be back very soon and I would recommend this to anyone who bases their sushi value not on size but on flavour and texture. Note that this is a tiny place with 4 seats at the counter and 4 little tables and no liquor licence so no saki. It is mainly takeout but it is pleasant enough and taka and his wife are very nice and friendly with plentiful green tea if you want to stay and eat. I am very happy AND Taka told me where he goes for sushi so now I have another place to check out in the lower mainland - my sushi future looks very bright.
This is by far the best sushi in white rock. It is for sure the most expensive but it's because their sushi is superior to most places and the most authentic i've tried. They don't serve the deep fried stuff like most places do, mostly rolls and sashimi and a few appetizers. I've never had to wait more than 20 minutes for it either! The lady working is always pleasant and kind. I would recommend this place to anyone.
Love coming here for lunch with my girlfriend. Quite small but serene atmosphere. Top quality and original sushi rolls: authentic Japanese cuisine. Love the mango rolls and miso soup! Not a cheap restaurant, but consistently fresh, high quality rolls with unique flavour and design. The staff are quiet, polite, loved the subdued atmosphere.
The place is really too small to seat a lot of people. 4 at the counter and maybe 6 at the bar table & chairs. We tried it last Saturday for the first time and ordered spicy salmon, cajun roll, negitoro and avocado& tuna roll. All were so good and the bill was over $24. On Sunday, we got take out again when my father in law came for a visit. Cajun lunch, California lunch, ebi sunomono and negihama maki. Bill came to over $35.
But it was delicious and fresh. I have no complaints whatsoever on the quality of the food. The california roll has a huge amount of filling with just a short layer of rice. That's how sushi is supposed to be.
We can't be ordering from Taka that often because it's just so expensive. But the sushi is just so good.
I come to this little gem of white rock multiple times a week. The sushi chef and owner are very friendly people and know what you will like.
Try Taka's Omakase Lunch. It is by far the best deal. For $13.75 you get a roll of your choice and 4 pieces of nigiri. Not just regular salmon and tuna nigiri; but pieces of "Red Sea Bream", "Alfonisino", "Superwhite", and the way he prepares his Albacore tuna is delicious.
I recomend this place to anyone. Even better then most of the places you find in the city.
Since I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area I admit to having a fair palette for Sushi and was quite impressed with Takas Sushi. The presentation is par excellence, service is with a gentle smile and lovely expression. Sashimi melts in the mouth and can be cut with the chopsticks. I have never tasted a better Miso soup and they have ruined me for even ordering it elsewhere.
It's hard to find a sushi place that's really owned by Japanese people, but come here, and you will find one. The prices are a little high but well worth it. When ever we're in the area and feel like sushi, we always stop by and order some. The rolls are always tasty and fresh here.
This is 5 star , make a night out of it sushi. Sadly it is located in a tiny place room for maybe 6 people to sit down.
Food is up there with the best sushi at any restaurant. amazing , fresh quality food.
Service is as good as you can expect from a take out joint.
People would likely classify this place as "expensive" but i think it is worth every penny, and then some.
I think this place is overated. Food portion is TINY, price is expensive, service is not very friendly. One california roll costs $4.50, and is even much smaller than most of the japanese restaurants. House green salad is $8 dollars. I went there because I read the review someone said good price, good food. I have to say, the food is way too far from being good sushi, it is fresh though. AND is pricey.
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