15 Oct Taketori, Melbourne CBD
Looking for a last-minute place for dinner, we discovered Taketori, which is inconspiciously located in a quiet section of King Street. Its modest exterior with black tinted doors and windows opened up into a reasonably large space. It was decorated quite nicely inside, full of dark timbers and somewhat quirky decorations including a colourful origami crane mobile, and although it was perceived to be a more formal restaurant when we first entered, it still felt like casual diners would feel at home.
There were a few in the party who were rather hungry so we ordered a large number of dishes to share. The majority of these were sushi rolls due their ease of sharing, as well as the fact that there were a number of delicious sounding combinations. There was Taketori Lobster Maki, with its lobster and egg filling, covered with torched salmon, and the Salmon Lovers, with spicy mayo and salmon both inside and out. These two were amongst the more creamy ones we tried. My personal favourites were the Una Q and the Spider Roll – the Una Q because, well, I love eel, and the Spider Roll for the textural enjoyment of the soft shell crab that was almost jumping out of the rice.
Taketori markets itself as serving ‘fusion cuisine’, but there are still some more traditional dishes on the menu. We decided to try a sashimi platter. The five varieties of seafood included for today were salmon, tuna, tilapia, surf clam and scallops, and all were pleasantly fresh. We also tried some larger dishes: the almost melt-in-your-mouth buta kakuni, the tasty and delightfully crispy soft shell crab, and of course the star of the night, the miso black cod. I’m always drawn to miso black cod when I see it on the menu and though it wasn’t as dark as other versions, it did not disappoint. It could have done with a little more charr, but those tender flakes of fish with flavour-packed miso glaze were delectable.
We were all surprised at the quality of the food at Taketori. Perhaps it deserves more credit than its location may suggest.
1/225 King St
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
(03) 9939 8152