May 7, 2021

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Seattle ‘Top Chef’ contender Shota Nakajima to reopen Taku with new Japanese fried chicken menu

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Next an “psychological roller coaster” of a 12 months that observed equally of his eating places close, Seattle chef and present-day “Leading Chef: Portland” contender Shota Nakajima is officially bringing again his beloved Capitol Hill cafe Taku.

The Osaka road food restaurant shut in March 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and reopened briefly with a takeout design in advance of closing yet again indefinitely. Now, the wood shutters are eventually coming off as the restaurant prepares for its reopening on May well 5.

The newly reopened place suitable in the heart of Capitol Hill will have a menu targeted on Japanese two times-fried chicken acknowledged as karaage. For Nakajima, the menu is a return to the consolation food of his youth spent in Japan.

“My favored lunch growing up was my mom’s hen karaage and rice,” Nakajima stated in a news launch. “The nostalgia and comfort I sense for this selfmade dish motivated me to make it the target of Taku’s new menu. I can not hold out to convey the simplicity of Japanese fried rooster to Seattleites.”

Along with buckets of marinated, battered and 2 times fried rooster nuggets and wings, the cafe will serve karaage rice bowls and burgers alongside Japanese-encouraged sides like furikake fries, cabbage salad, edamame, miso soup and macaroni salad.

“I retained the menu simple with two hen selections and a assortment of damp or dry seasonings, teriyaki becoming my favorite,” Nakajima mentioned. “The side dishes are what you will come across all over izakayas in Japan, and cabbage salad is remarkably suggested with karaage as it can help break down the excess fat.”

To-go cocktails and rotating flavors of Jell-O photographs are also on the menu as the Washington legislature recently up to date the state’s liquor guidelines to let takeout booze to go on.


The room alone emanates the avenue vibes of Osaka with dazzling neon road indications and plenty of eclectic decorations like Japanese lanterns, manhole handles, anime posters, Japanese pop lifestyle stickers and even a huge Godzilla head.

The area will initially open as a takeout window, but Nakajima says he designs to reopen for dine-in the moment his group is completely vaccinated and snug serving indoors again.

But Seattleites would not have to wait around until finally May possibly to get their Taku correct: Nakajima and fellow “Best Chef” contestant Chef Byron Gomez are keeping a specific pop-up takeout window on April 23 to give supporters a taste of the present. Until then, foodies can continue to catch Nakajima competing on “Prime Chef: Portland” Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Bravo.



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