BY NAMITA GUPTA
Taiki, the newest addition to Bengaluru’s modern Asian restaurants caters to the city’s growing family of Pan-Asian lovers. If its sushi, dimsums, baos, curries or ramen that makes your taste buds tickle, then Taiki (‘tai’ great and ‘Ki’ brightness), which perfectly resonates with the setting, is where you will get food that’s equally great.
Ambience: A vision of elegance, we like the modernist Japanese architecture in the middle of the bustling 100 ft rd in Indiranagar. Although it is housed in a narrow space, the mirror walls and skylights lend a soothing sense of calm and serenity. Minimalistic, intimate, warm yet vibrant and cozy, the contemporary designs with neutral wall tones and light installations convey class while staying in sync with the current times.
Food: The Pan-Asian menu brings together dishes from Japanese noodle bars, street food from Korea and Thailand and some amazing flavours from other parts of Asia. The menu includes varied dishes from Asian countries with a special focus on Korean and Japanese cuisine. The signature dishes include the delicious Fiery Chicken Gimbap, Korean Fried Chicken, scrumptious Thai Curry & Jasmine Rice, Yaki Udon, Prawn Tempura, Jjigae – Korean Stew and many more. We loved our deliciously fresh Classic Nigiri platter that was dunked in wasabi and soya and walloped in no time. We also gobbled the General Tso Chicken, Salmon Futomaki and Katsu Prawn Curry Rice and couldn’t stop raving about its flavourful taste. If you’re looking for a perfectly balanced yet quick lunch then go for the Bento Box. We recommend the Bangkok Bento that comes boxed with Thai curry, Jasmine Rice, Pan-Fried Veggie Gyoza, Carrot and Daikon Namasu, Oshinkou Verde Maki with soy, wasabi and pickled ginger and the Shrimps Bento that contains Thai Prawn Curry with Jasmine Rice, Pan fried Gyoza and Tempura Golden Roll Sushi. Not a fan of Pan-Asian desserts, we quite liked the Crispy Chocolate Noodle and the delectable Date and Chocolate Cigar Roll, which was sweet yet healthy.
Behind the making: It was founded by Krish Nayak and Apeksha Kamath under Vara Food Works. Krish Naya, Co-Founder, Taiki has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Marketing in UK. Before starting Taiki, he worked in Data science and analytics and developed a great love for food through his learnings on the numerous food trips and global experiences. Apeksha Kamath, the Co-founder of Taiki finished her MBA, Marketing and HR from Alliance Business Academy and did a stint in Doray HR Solution as a Director-Recurrent & Business Development. She not only brings her passion for food but also almost a decade of her professional experience in the HR industry to the new venture.
Where: Taiki, 656, 100 Feet Rd, Stage 1, Indiranagar, Bengaluru. Call: 080 4370 3820. Meal for two: Rs 1500.