As someone working in White Rock for over 3 years, it feels like a crime to admit I have never tried Taka’s. I had heard good things about the food but was also warned about the sticker shock prices. They seem to specialize in aburi sushi though many other patrons ordered copious amount of sashimi. The expansive menu has a limited list of starters, a comprehensive sashimi collection and an almost overwhelming page of saucy sounding sushi rolls.
Arriving at opening, the cozy sushi bar filled up quickly and the limited table space was gobbled up immediately. I started off with a Mango Roll ($8.50) which was nicely composed with lettuce, avocado, salmon and masago in a soybean wrapper. This was a fairly light roll with the chopped pistachios adding a bit of crunch and texture.
The aburi sushi arrived shortly after with the server giving a brief overview and explaining that the sushi is intended to be eaten left to right and that additional sauce is not needed.
Pictured here are the Sea Scallop ($3.75), King Salmon ($5.75), Sablefish ($3.50), Flounder Fringe ($3.75), and Barbecued Eel ($3.50).
- Sea Scallop: Lovely smoky taste and had that just barely cooked texture
- King Salmon: Very buttery and melt in your mouth
- Sablefish: Wasn’t as smooth and buttery as I would have expected, the texture had this slight chewiness that I wasn’t fond of
- Flounder Fringe: This long piece was everything I wish the sablefish was, that slight richness and melt in your mouth texture with a slight smokiness, definitely the standout piece for me
- Unagi: This was fine but didn’t stand out from the eel I’ve had elsewhere
For the second round i went with my favourites of the King Salmon, Flounder Fringe and reached for the Bluefin Toro ($8.75). The tuna just was fine, it didn’t blow me away and that was a bit of a down note. The bluefin tuna I’ve had in Japan had this richness to it and this one couldn’t reach those heights.
I only scratched the surface of Taka’s, not even delving into the more premium aburi such as foie gras or wagyu beef so to me this is an incomplete snapshot of their offerings. What I tried piqued my interest and I’ll be back to try more. An interesting note is they are also open for lunch with Taka’s favourite lunch clocking in at a reasonable $15.75, something I’m eager to return for in the near future.