Michelin recommendation

Mario Starman
Price range:

Quality beats quantity when it comes to the ridiculously good wine and beer lists. They include wine and beer from all around Croatia and even as far as Japan, a country that is the creative inspiration of this restaurant offering the best and most ingenious Asian cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. However, if you’d like to try the traditional Japanese plum wine (and not rakia) in a perfect setting, then this is right place to have a shot of original sake.

Although the menu includes a wide array of dishes ranging from lamb chops with dates and fig sauce, Kobe burger or striploin Black Angus in mango BBQ sauce and truffle salt, the first Japanese restaurant in Zagreb has built its reputation mostly on superb raw fish dishes. Sushi, sashimi, hosomaki... the number of new culinary delights is equal to the number of Croatian versions of šalša (tomato sauce), stews and soups... You can’t leave Takenoko if you don’t try tuna tataki because that’s the dish of the year! So much tenderness. The real deal. An absolute delight!
Spring rolls are a classic dish revered by Zagreb’s elites for years now. But the sushi platter is the thing that’ll make you visit Japan one day just to make sure whether the original can beat this version. The tuna is an authentic Croatian product. Much like the Tomac Sauvignon that went perfectly with the dishes we ordered. The spring menu, which has just been rolled out, gives way to new dishes such as turbot fillet on lemon and saffron gel. That’s followed by unayku, which is marinated eel with fresh cucumbers and kataifi pasta, and then you have Takenoko Lobster in an aromatic, savoury combination of spring onions, ginger, cucumbers and kataifi pasta. Last but not least, there’s Takenoko lobster, a combination of spring onions, ginger, garlic, honey, soya sauce and sake.

Their long-time chef, Japanese-born Motohiko Mochizuki, takes great pride in black sushi, a combination of salmon tempura, cucumbers, Philadelphia cheese, Japanese sauce, Tobiko caviar and cuttlefish ink. Fresh seasonal desserts such as lava cake, cheesecake or mochi will wrap up your Takenoko experience just perfectly. An experience you just have to go through. A wonderful spot...

Author of photography: Dalibor Urukalović/PIXSELL

-- Your Gourmet 365

Contact number: 01/6463-385

Web: www.takenoko.hr

E-mail: japanski.restaurant@takenoko.hr

Working hours: Monday - Saturday: 12:00- 01:00h
Sunday: 12:00-18:00h

Region: City of Zagreb

Address: Masarykova 22, 10 000 Zagreb

Capacity: 80

Price range: 200-300kn

Restaurant description:

The moment they set foot in Takenoko, people who grew up in Zagreb during the 1970s and 1980s will get a pleasant and comforting sensation of times gone by with a modern twist. The proximity of cult cafes and clubs that were the birthplace of local New Wave acts and large windows through which you can gaze at the streets and facades of Zagreb will make you reminisce of tempi passati. This is where the new intimate and elegant Takenoko has found its new home. The old location in Kaptol Centar has been replaced by a new one situated at the corner of Gundulićeva and Masarykova Street. The interior inspired by global cities, a fabulous atmosphere, exceptional service, carefully chosen wines and a creative way of serving food are just some of the things that make Takenoko a fine dining restaurant in the true sense of the word to this very day.

Awards and recognitions:

Recommendation Michelin guide 2018
Seasonal menu