By Dane Feldman
Photo by Dane Feldman.
Taka Sushi is located on Summit Ave in Summit, New Jersey, just a few blocks away from Summit Thai. The restaurant is one of a small handful of sushi spots in Summit, but that doesn’t seem to pose any problems. On a Saturday night, Taka is packed and turning tables quickly.
Upon a first glance at the menu, Taka might seem like just another sushi spot. In fact, I had been on the hunt for a simple, reliable spot to grab some quick, good quality sushi before heading over to get a flight at The Office. But once I took a closer look at the special rolls section of the menu, I learned that Taka is something special.
First of all, there were so many special rolls to choose from, I spent longer than I have in a while looking over a menu. But what really stands out about Taka’s special rolls isn’t the quantity, it’s the ways in which the ingredients separate themselves from the pack of special rolls at other sushi spots. I had been deciding between several options when I finally settled on USA Roll: eel, avocado, cucumber, masago, seaweed salad, and crunch wrapped with white seaweed.
I also tried a friend’s roll, which was a special containing lightly seared toro, cucumber, and spinach. Never before have I seen spinach or seaweed salad inside rolls. The spinach and seared toro was a refreshing pairing, but I was truly blown away by how much the seaweed salad heightened the flavor in the USA Roll. I’m surprised that no other place I’ve dined at has thought to do this.
The restaurant also offers teriyaki, hibachi, bento boxes, noodle dishes, tempura platters, and “assorted entrees” like a seafood hot pot, a variety of cooked fish dishes, and chicken.
Taka is yet another BYO establishment in the area, but the restaurant does serve tea and assorted soft drinks.
The wait staff is friendly and attentive. My water glass never dropped below half full. The food comes out quickly, but we were welcome to stay as long as we wanted. The restaurant itself is quaint and contains traditional Japanese decor mixed with a modern take. A few alcoves along the walls make the restaurant feel cozy without feeling too snug.
It’s worth noting that I overheard a brief exchange between two other groups of patrons about the fact that they were all regular customers at Taka Sushi. Considering how close Taka is to my home, it seems I should have known about this place all along.