UPDATE: Asian Fusion Restaurant Aims for Discerning Diners

Taka Asian Fusion Sushi and Bar Restaurant continues its Grand Opening at 2126 Merrick Avenue, in the Merrick Mall.

Located at the space of the former popular Jade Dynasty Restaurant, which featured Chinese and Japanese cuisine, Taka looks to improve on the tastes of not only Chinese and Japanese dishes, but on Thai and Malaysian flavors as well, and blend them together to create a new, satisfying gastronomical experience.

2015-04-29 17.58.02The interior design and lighting are fresh and inviting

Charlie Lu, assistant manager, told Your NewsMag during a stop into the restaurant on its first full day of operation that the restaurant and bar moved into the Merrick neighborhood expressly to cater to the “upwardly discerning tastes” of the community.

With its first restaurant in Port Washington now a staple in the neighborhood for the last 18 years, he said their research showed that residents of the Merricks also enjoy going out to dinner regularly to experience new culinary offerings, and the fusion intent of the new offerings at Taka will soon find a place on the palates of many in search of new flavors.

While traditional Chinese and Japanese dishes are available, such as pork wonton soup and miso soup, or up 20 special rolls to General Zao’s chicken and crispy shredded beef, Lu said specific ingredients help distinguish dishes from one another. Ingredients in Thai dishes, Lu said, make it both spicy and sweet, while Malaysian dishes are infused with curry. Japanese dishes are lighter, he said, to include soy sauces low in sodium.

Chinese dishes include Cantonese and spicer Szechuan dishes – no Hunan-style here – and provide a variety of ingredients, including peanuts.

2015-04-29 17.58.50Seating is spacious

Appetizers are mostly of the Japanese variety, Lu remarked, and include sushi, tashimi and fish tartar, but do develop out to include vegetable spring rolls, fried calamari, chicken lettuce wrap, boneless ribs, fried soft shell crab, and more.

Offered as an appetizer or a main dish, for example, spicy tuna wrapped in cucumber provides a fresh zest to the palate, and comes with both wasabi and fresh ginger condiments to enhance the dish.

The Pink Lady special roll features shrimp tempura, mango, avocado and eel wrapped in pink soy paper, with a hint of eel sauce drizzle. Both dishes were presented as authentically fresh.

Lunch offerings, for those in the neighborhood looking for something different, or for groups wishing to hold an event Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., come in two configurations: lunch box and lunch special. Box lunches are $9 or $10, and come with soup, salad and rice along with 22 different selections; and lunch specials, $10 or $11, add California roll, chicken roll and shumai along with 22 selections to choose from.

Kitchen entrees include Bento Box, featuring ribeye steak, several teriyakis and sushis complete with soup, salad, chicken roll, shrimp tempura appetizer and California roll; or seven simple teriyaki varieties with rice, soup or salad; or three tempura dishes come with rice, soup or salad.

For dessert, there are 10 to choose from, including tiramisu, napoleon, fried banana, chocolate soufflé and strawberry caramel.

Taka Asian Fusion is open Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Online orders can be filled by visiting www.takaasianfusion.com. Or call 223-8212/8213/8214. Delivery is free.

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