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Rome may not offer the most eclectic dining options, but there is no denying that there are plenty of Japanese restaurants to choose from. They range from revoltingly cheap all-you-can-eat joints (too many of those super sad places name) and mediocre mid-range chains (Daruma) to very expensive sushi bars (Hamasei) and authentic, high-end restaurants (Taki). Naturally, the latter category is in the minority.

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Taki (not to be confused with Trastevere’s Take) is just off Piazza Cavour in Prati and has become somewhat of a sprawling complex comprised of several dining rooms and a conveyor belt sushi bar. Skip the spinning sushi train and head straight to the restaurant instead. And while you’re there, you may want to skip sushi altogether.

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It’s not that it isn’t great–chef Kuniharu Okada did his training at a sushi restaurant for 9 years before switching to general Japanese cuisine and kaiseki–but there’s way more to Taki than raw fish, like Okada’s multi-course seasonal menu, which you can arrange by requesting it several days in advance. That’s how I first encountered Taki’s thoughtfully prepared and beautifully executed food*, but you can easily order a la carte and find the same gorgeous treatment of meat, fish, rice and vegetables. Taki offers a nice selection of soba dishes, too.

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Taki
Via Marianna Dionigi 56/60
Tuesday-Saturday 12:30-3:00pm & 7:30-23:30pm
Sunday 7:30-23:30pm

*I first visited with my very awesome friend Tina Cancemi who also contributed the chef’s bio above.

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