Chef Takashi, who is well-known for his appearance in the show Top Chef Masters, season 4, opened his namesake restaurant in 2007.
Tasaki offers fine dining cuisine in a very casual atmosphere. The building itself is a renovated two-story house, and the dining area is quite small.
The price point is quite modest for fine dining, at $75 (plus tax) for a 7-course tasting menu – alas, I got what I paid for. I’m not saying that the food was bad. I just don’t think it was worth the $100 bill with tax and tip.
Best: the soy-ginger caramel pork belly – combined with the pickled daikon salad and the steamed buns, it just melted in my mouth
Worst: Soba Gnocchi – perhaps the most interesting item on the menu…but the texture was just meh. I enjoy a good jaru soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles with soyu sauce), but the buckwheat just didn’t work for the gnocchi.
Bottom line: There were really good dishes and there were big disappointments. If going to Takashi, I recommend ordering a la carte instead of a course meal.