The restaurant is situated in Shepherd market, offering an intimate Japanese dining experience in the heart of London. Taka presents an extensive Japanese menu, from tataki and grill cooked dishes to a selection of sushi and sashimi platters and signature hand rolls, accompanied by a selection of Japanese spirits and sake based drinks. Taka combines all the finest aspects of Japanese cuisine.
Known for his ability to combine gastronomic techniques to bring an exciting twist to Japanese culinary tradition, Taiji Maruyama offers innovation and style to Mayfair’s restaurant scene. Maruyama completed his training at Tokyo’s celebrated Kojyu, where he perfected his understanding of Kappo-style and Robata grill dishes and developed the acute attention to detail. In 2002, Maruyama became the youngest chef to receive a blowfish license (Fugu) in Tokyo which catapulted his career to become a pioneer of modern Japanese cuisine. Maruyama has previously collaborated with Geir Skeie, winner of Bocuse d’Or in 2009, creating an 8-course Scandinavian-Japanese menu, which remained as a bestseller for 5 years from 2012 to 2016.
In addition to his positions in world-renowned kitchens, such as Ginzakoju in Tokyo and a number of acclaimed Japanese restaurants in Mayfair, Maruyama has made special appearances for world leaders. In 2017 he served as Head Chef at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, overseeing a 700-party menu for the policymakers and leaders in attendance. He has also had the honour of creating exquisite banquets for the Japanese Prime Minister, as well as hosted African Heads of State at the 2016 TICAD Conference in Nairobi.