Thursday, December 11, 2008

Taki Points

Posted By on Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 8:13 AM

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Last weekend, my partner and I finally decided to check out Taki, a Japanese restaurant just off I-40 in Hermitage. It's in an unassuming strip mall with a check-cashing place, and we were shocked to step inside to find a clean, modern design with warm wood tones.

From research online, it seems that the restaurant has been there since 2006, but we'd only noticed it in the last year. I'm glad we tried it before reading some of the online feedback. New Management, as designated on the menu by an exuberant starburst, seems to be the reason for the recent bad reviews. People who once loved the place apparently don't care for the change. They mention slow service, bad fish and big rice.

On our visit, the service was pleasant and prompt, though this might be because there was only one other table occupied. The miso soup was saltily delicious, and the fresh ginger dressing on the salad reminded me of PM's. My partner ordered the salmon teriyaki, and it was obviously good enough for him to eat the whole serving without offering me any. Not that I wanted any; I was too busy enjoying three rolls: tuna, avocado and kampyo (teriyaki squash). All amply filled with fish and veggies, the rolls were consistently excellent. And the nori was delicate enough that I wasn't left chewing it long after the insides were masticated.

The new management at Taki has added Thai dishes to the menu, so I'll definitely return to try their pad Thai. I also want to see if my great experience was just a fluke.

Meanwhile, if you get to Taki, located at 5760 Old Hickory Blvd., please report back on Bites.

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