Melt Room founder to launch Japanese restaurant in Mayfair

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An artist's impression of Taka
An artist's impression of Taka

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The man behind London’s first gourmet grilled cheese cafe is to launch a new Japanese restaurant in the capital next month.

Andrey Datsenko opened Soho’s Melt Room in 2015,​ now he and his sister Anastasia will launch TAKA in Mayfair’s Shepherd Market square in September.

The 28-cover site has been inspired by the duo’s Tokyo restaurant of the same name, and promises to offer high-end Japanese food at ‘affordable’ prices.

TAKA will open for lunch and dinner with a menu of traditional sushi; ‘inside out’ rolls; sashimi; and tempura made by chefs trained in Tokyo.

The restaurant will also feature a basement bar serving sake and Japanese whiskey cocktails including a courgette and sake refresher; and a plum and thyme prosecco smash.

“I’m so excited about this new venture, and the stunning listed Shepherd Market in Mayfair is the perfect place for TAKA to call home,” says Datsenko.

“Japanese food and drink have always been particular favourites and I’m looking forward to taking it to the next level.”

TAKA is the latest in a string of Japanese restaurants to launch in London in the past few months, following Dinings SW3, Nobu Shoreditch, Machiya and ex-Kurobuta chef Scott Hallsworth’s new pop-up Freak Scene.

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