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“A Good Start, Room to Improve”
Review of Takumi Restaurant

Takumi Restaurant
Ranked #470 of 1,868 Restaurants in Albuquerque
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

We visited for dinner on a Thursday, after spying the place on our way to the Winrock movie theaters. We found an inviting, modern space divided into separate rooms for "teppan" (plate grills), Korean-style barbecue, and traditional tables. We were told the restaurant had opened at the end of last November.

Although we found no one at the host station when we entered, a hostess quickly materialized and seated us at one of the barbecue tables. Our server popped over and suggested a Japanese-style beer from a craft brewer in Colorado. It appeared shortly, crisp, light and very complementary to my soft-shelled crab tempura appetizer. My wife liked the accompanying tempura vegetables so much she ordered a second plate of veggie tempura.

Both tempura plates were tasty enough, but the individual pieces were quite thick and oily. I suggested the server pass on to the kitchen the idea that more thinly-sliced pieces would cook more quickly and soak up less oil. The centerpiece of my appy, the soft-shelled crab, was deep-fried whole. Proving my point, the thin legs and claws were perfectly crisp without much oil, while the center body batter was somewhat soggy.

My wife ordered the filet mignon, Japanese style, which arrived cooked as ordered and with a tasty, light, meaty pool of jus. She enjoyed every pre-cut morsel.

I ordered the sashimi combo plate, which arrived with four slices of each of three fish varieties: tuna, salmon and red snapper. The tuna and red snapper were sliced to the proper thin -ness. Oddly, the salmon was sliced twice as thick, which kind of impedes one from appreciating its delicate flavor.

We enjoyed the place, and will return to see if our suggested improvements make a difference. The modern style, attentive service and broad menu offer promise. Takumi could become excellent with a couple of improvements.

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Thank Thomas T
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

We were in the area shopping, got hungry and thought we would try this. There was a choice of sushi, the teppanyaki grill and the do it yourself grill at your table. We chose the do it yourself grill.

We ordered the plate with filet, shrimp and another type of beef (can’t remember what cut) and a variety of vegetables. The beef and shrimp were fresh and cooked nicely on the grill. The vegetables were sliced mushrooms, onion, zucchini and a winter squash. We also were served soup and an egg roll.

The pacing of the meal started out great with the soup. But then the egg roll showed up with the plate of food for grilling. As we started grilling, the egg roll kind of got pushed in the back and got cold.

Overall it was a fun lunch. The food was good and it was entertaining to cook (but not have to clean up). They should add a few more veggies - one sliced mushroom and one onion are just not enough of those items. The squash was tasty but took a long time to cook to a tender level.

Recommendation - go and have a fun, relaxing meal.

Thank CJGinFL
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

Disappointed... This new Japanese restaurant opens up in our neighborhood and we really wanted to try it! Food was mediocre at best, somewhat chaotic environment even though there were nice touches here and there, overall disappointing. Unless they improve overall, we will not be back.

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Thank Toni G
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

We have been here twice for the teppanyaki and once for the bbq. We love this place as the food is fantastic and the teppanyaki show is very entertaining and fun. They now have alcohol service. This is the best teppanyaki restaurant in Albuquerque hands down.

Thank twhitefish
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