The food at TAKA is an extensive collection of Japanese signature dishes from tataki, and tempura to sashimi platters, inside out rolls and yaktori. To drink, there is a collection of unique sake, Japanese liquor and whiskey cocktails to try.
Located in the heart of Shepherd Market in Mayfair, TAKA takes inspiration from Andrey and Anastasia’s debut restaurant in Tokyo of the same name and offers an authentic Japanese dining experience within a contemporary setting.
The interior is designed to celebrate simple, high quality materials (solid walnut, oak, satin finish brass and dark grey brick) – much as the chef celebrates good ingredients. It’s not about conspicuous luxury, but based on the idea that every detail has been considered and elevated to make your experience as special as possible.
In terms of the layout of the restaurant, the small nature of the site meant we were quite constrained in what we could do. The main restaurant seating is set on the ground floor while an intimate sake and cocktail bar was developed in the basement.
Bespoke design elements that we developed included individually laser cut solid brass panels for the wall, an undulating solid oak ceiling feature across the whole ground floor, a commissioned illustration of a flowering tree using Japanese newspaper as the backdrop to the bar and a custom LED sign reading “FOR THE SAKE OF SAKE” at the bottom of the stairs leading down to the bar.
“It’s been a very rewarding project and epitomises an approach to the design in which we can add the most value; working with individual clients to develop a genuine experience for a particular style of food. We were involved on all levels of this project, from the branding and graphic design to helping source plates and cutlery. For us, the really satisfying part is to be able to take a holistic approach to the overall customer experience and therefore really create a sense of place.”
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I’m so excited about this new venture, and the stunning listed Shepherd Market in Mayfair is the perfect place for TAKA to call home. Japanese food and drink have always been particular favourites and I’m looking forward to taking it to the next levelAndrey Datsenko