Restaurant review: Taiki offers a wide selection of pan-Asian fare [4.5/5]

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Nigiri Set

With the proliferation of “Chinese” cuisine in India — the quotes signify the Indianisation of what we now consider food from China — has resulted in Indo-Chinese restaurants mushrooming across India. However, a more recent trend among such eateries is to add the “pan-Asian” buzzword in their vocabulary. In truth, they serve only a handful of dishes like Nasi Goreng.

Taiki in Indiranagar is looking to break that mould. It serves up a variety of cuisine from Eastern and South-Eastern Asia in an effort to justify its claim to being a pan-Asian eatery, and does a good job with it!

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The drinks

Taiki does not offer alcoholic beverages. Instead, try sipping at one of the several kinds of tea they have on the menu.

I had the Mango and Orange Flavoured Tea. Imagine good-quality green tea with lingering flavours, and this is it!

Mango and Orange Flavoured Tea
Mango and Orange Flavoured Tea

Soups

We then moved on to the soups, starting with the Chicken Dumpling Soup. Delicately flavoured, with no spice or seasoning overpowering the other, this one was a welcome break on a coldish Sunday afternoon.

Chicken Dumpling Soup
Chicken Dumpling Soup

Next, some Prawn Tom Yum Soup. Slightly tangy and missing some much-needed fish sauce, this one was redeemed by the quality and quantity of the other ingredients in it.

Prawn Tom Yum Soup
Prawn Tom Yum Soup

We would also go on to taste the Seafood Laksa Soup, a yellow broth that really activated the taste buds! If ever there was a hangover cure, this would be right up with the best of them!

Seafood Laksa Soup
Seafood Laksa Soup

Salads

Next, we were served some Yum Woon Sen Salad. This one oozed freshness in the crunchiness of the raw vegetables and fruits as well as the glass noodles.

Yum Woon Sen Salad
Yum Woon Sen Salad

We also tasted some Somtam Salad. The fruity additions to this really healthy dish made it all the more palatable. Give me one of this every morning, and watch me get back in shape!

Somtam Salad
Somtam Salad

Starters

Taiki offers a wide variety of starters, including salads. Small eats like sushi are also on the menu.

We started off with Spicy Tuna Futomaki — fresh tuna encased in sticky rice to make a thick sushi roll. It usually goes down in one bite, and leaves you wanting more, thanks to its flavours.

Spicy Tuna Futomaki
Spicy Tuna Futomaki

Up next, some Lamb Bulgogi. The meat here was marinated to the point where it could be used as an example for the word “succulent” in the dictionary!

Lamb Bulgogi
Lamb Bulgogi

Then, some Spicy Prawn Gyoza. Call them dumplings, pot stickers or whatever else you want, but there’s no denying the delicious taste of the prawns, complemented well by the floury shell.

Spicy Prawn Gyoza
Spicy Prawn Gyoza

A nice vegetarian dish on the menu us the Crispy Tofu Cup. Now, tofu in itself is difficult to marinade, but that did not seem to be the case here. The crispy outer shells complemented the creamy, soft tofu inside quite well!

Crispy Tofu Cup
Crispy Tofu Cup

We were also offered a Nigiri Set — vinegar-mixed rice topped with a selection of fish or seafood meat. I tasted the salmon one, and once again the freshness made its presence felt.

Nigiri Set
Nigiri Set

Next, some Crabsticks Sushi. These too made a mark with their freshness, and along with it the authentic taste of the ingredients.

Crabsticks Sushi
Crabsticks Sushi

Finally, in this section, some Prawns Bao. Served in bread casings, these were as tasty as they were filling. Missing was the terribly fishy aroma of the prawns. Instead, the original taste of the prawns was complemented by the sauces they were served with.

Prawns Bao
Prawns Bao

Main course

You can’t go to a pan-Asian restaurant and not taste ramen in its original form. We took this maxim to heart. The result was, clockwise from left, Chicken Ramen, Chicken Yaki Sowa, Seafood Ramen, and Prawn Yaki Sowa.

Chicken Ramen, Chicken Yaki Sowa, Seafood Ramen, and Prawn Yaki Sowa
[Clockwise from left] Chicken Ramen, Chicken Yaki Sowa, Seafood Ramen, and Prawn Yaki Sowa

Both ramens were hearty and filling, warming the body as they were consumed. The yaki sowa complemented the noodles well.

Then, the Chicken Rice Bowl. Topped off with a sunny-side-up poached egg, this one was definitely a treat to dig into. The spicing and seasoning of the chicken that formed the base for the egg above the rice was delectable, to say the least.

Chicken Rice Bowl
Chicken Rice Bowl

Desserts

A flavourful, savoury lunch came to an end with two very contrasting desserts. The first was Date and Chocolate Cigar Rolls with Ice Cream. The robust-tasting dates stuffed into the cigar rolls complemented the smooth ice cream well.

Date and Chocolate Cigar Rolls with Ice Cream
Date and Chocolate Cigar Rolls with Ice Cream

Finally, the Mango Bingsu. If the wasabi served with some of the sushi set your synapses on fire, this Korean dessert will aim to counteract that by giving you a brain freeze with all the shaved ice!

Mango Bingsu
Mango Bingsu

Final thoughts about Taiki

Taiki is definitely a pan-Asian oasis when it comes to Bengaluru. Each ingredient, seasoning and spice seems chosen carefully, and applied meticulously.

Nevertheless, Taiki appears to be on the cusp of greatness, with a small number of culinary missteps pulling it down.

However, it would definitely be petty on my part if I did not acknowledge that Taiki is possibly one of the better pan-Asian restaurants in Bengaluru.

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