Taka's Kitchen

150 Barrack St (Cnr Wellington St)
Ph: 9221 4771

Taka's Kitchen (Taka's) has an avid following in Perth and the branch on the corner of Barrack and Wellington St is no exception. It has no doubt contributed to the revival of restaurants on the Barrack St strip.

If you are looking for a quick Japanese meal at very reasonable prices and freshly cooked, then this is the place to visit. Taka's is a popular place for students, working people and backpackers.

There are a good range of set menu items to select from including the usual suspects of teriyaki (chicken, beef, fish), katsu don (crumbed chicken with onion and egg over rice), oyako don (similar to katsu don however, the chicken is not crumbed) and chicken karage (fried chicken). The list continues with katsu curry (fish, chicken, pork), sushi, sashimi, fresh chicken udon noodles, teriyaki chicken udon noodles, tempura, and crumbed fish or prawn set. All set menu items come with salad.

Taka's is a help yourself kind of place. So there is free tea on tap, and various sauces to help yourself to including salad dressing, soya sauce, wasabi, and mayonnaise. When you place your order, you receive a buzzer that will alert you when your meal is ready to collect from the counter.

Most of the menu items come in either a small serve for $4.50 or a large serve for $6.50. The large serve usually comes with miso soup. The sashimi large serve is around the $10 mark. There is a good range of sushi including California roll, tuna, salmon, egg, and vegetarian. 5 pieces of sushi start at $3.50.

On this particular day, I decided to order the fresh chicken udon noodles. This is a delicious dish with thick, soft udon noodles and thin slices of chicken in a nice soup. There is also a similar udon noodles dish with teriyaki chicken instead of fresh chicken.

If you are heading to Taka's for lunch and you don't want to queue up, it is best to get there before 12pm. On really busy days the queue just about stretches out the door. That said, even when it is very busy, Taka's is very efficient and you don't usually have to wait that long for your food.

Taka's is also open for dinner. Beat the rush and get to Taka's early.

Rating: 8 out of 10.


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