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#110 of 1,928 Restaurants in Cologne
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Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 4922 12701
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:30
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:30
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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144 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really nice Michelin Starred restaurant in the Hotel Excelsior Ernst. The menu is amazing and beside good tasting also served with passion. Very friendly staff!

Thank FrequentJT
Stockholm County, Sweden
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I haven't been to that many Michelin star restaurants but enough to say that I'm not impressed by this one. There was nothing wrong with the food really and I'm impressed that they offered a full vegan menu. It was delicious! My issue with Taku was the service. It was quite messy. We had to send back the first dish... More 

1 Thank Leeloorosa
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48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best part of this restaurant is that once you walk through the door and corridor into the dining space, the calm atmosphere will lock away all the noises, leaving only relaxation and peace. The friendly staff and calm atmosphere are two factors I would recommend; of course you should have some buffer for food and drinks as it's not... More 

Thank Shine L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We were curious to try this restaurant and it was worth the time. We chose both vegan and meat course. Each plate we got was simply perfect, different combination of groceries combined with a very discreet and helpfull staff. A must come back restaurant.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Baltimore, Maryland
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

This was a great restaurant and a treat! I believe the tasting menu was 6 courses. Each was delicious and inventive and something new to behold! However, the whole experience was a bit too involved for a business dinner. Luckily we all had a great relationship! The food was great, which helped. The fish in broth and truffles at the... More 

Thank Jennifer S
Cologne, Germany
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724 reviews
586 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

I've been several times at this place and always went home happily. They also have regular events, one I love mostly is the annual 2-3 Starred Chefs Dinner. Its a collaborations of Taku's Chef with one other Chef who also carries the star. The event is usually sold out, so please dont miss the reservation on time. One other thing... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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94 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

We had dinner at taku on Christmas while staying at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst in Cologne. We love Asian food-based tasting menus, but taku missed the mark. Good, for sure, but not Michelin star good. A little disappointing given the price.

Thank Alexandria Traveler
Faversham, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

This Michelin Star restaurant makes you feel special with excellent service and attentive staff. I would describe the food as modern Asian or modern fusion Asian but tasted delicious. We had 4 courses each and the children chose 4 courses which they shared between the two of them. We were served 2 amuse bouche and petite fours at the end... More 

Thank Zung T
Tienen, Belgium
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

The food was excellent. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The setting is very nice. They even serve a vegan menu A great evening out. Would certainly recommend Taku for a great meal out.

Thank Thierry V
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015

This is a one star Michelin restaurant in the basement of Excelsior Hotel Ernst across from the cathedral. It specializes in east Asian cuisines (mostly Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese). For dinner, they have a choice of three menus such as a vegan one and one named "journey" (apparently inspired by a Asia trip of chef Mirko Gaul). Everyone at the... More 

Thank Andreas V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$32 - US$39
Japanese, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:30
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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