Refresh yourself with some savoury and spicy Chinese cuisine.

Chugokuryouri Takekuma

中国料理たけくま
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An expert chef with more than 40 years experience
in the Chinese culinary arts.
Taste reasonably-priced, authentic Chinese cuisine
at this popular restaurant.

The soft white walls and natural accents evoke the feeling of a stylish cafe, but in this neighbourhood people are very particular about their food, and it is the delicious food and cosy atmosphere that entice diners here.

Chef Kensaku Takekuma gained his considerable skills in the high-end Chinese restaurants of Ginza, and he uses those skills to satiate the appetites of the business people of Akasaka.

The most popular dish is the "Sweet and Sour Noodle Soup," flavoured with red rice vinegar.

The mellow acidity of vinegar blends with generous servings of chicken, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, ham, tofu, and egg to create a savoury and hearty soup.

Topped with a dollop of homemade chili oil that adds a spicy accent, it tastes so good that you won't put down your chopsticks until you're completely finished.

Another popular dish is the Dandan noodles, known as “Tantanmen" in Japanese, which uses three different types of chili oil to induce a rich, complex flavour.

Its spiciness stimulates but does not overwhelm, offering a wonderful sense of balance. The chewy, curly noodles are made with an abundance of eggs, and they trap the spiciness of the soup, combining it with creamy sesame, creating the perfect match of flavour.

Another spicy masterpiece is the “Spicy tofu hotpot.” It too is made with homemade chili oil, and blended with several kinds of doubanjiang paste, or as it's called in Japanese, "tobanjan."

Takekuma’s true skills can be tasted in his original dishes created from his many years of experience in cooking Shanghai cuisine - from seafood dishes that only use salt and pepper and simple methods to bring out the flavours of the ingredients to superb, sweet and spicy stews with rich seasoning.

Diners keep returning for these first-class flavours at everyday prices.

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Chef Profile

Chef/Kensaku TakekumaKensaku Takekuma

Born Tochigi Prefecture.
Trained in Chinese restaurants in Asakusa, Akasaka, and Ginza from 18, served as head chef for over 10 years at Kokahan's Ginza location on the first floor of the Kojun Building.

After Kokahan closed to accommodate building renovations, became executive chef at a hotel before moving to Takekuma in 2006.

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Interview

What is one of your concerns when cooking?
I have to make sure that dishes do not come out too oily.I only fry ingredients after blanching them to stop them from absorbing too much oil, and I make sure to remove excess oil after cooking.

By being very careful at each step, we can control the oil to provide elegant meals with authentic flavour.
What is the secret to delicious soup?
Soup is the basic food in every type of cuisine, and it always requires money and effort.I stew whole chickens, pork broth, beef tendons, etc. until the bones fall apart. As it cools the gelatine hardens and it becomes like jelly.

Because all the flavours are condensed, the soup takes on a much richer flavour.
What are your hobbies?
For sports, I like golf and cycling. If the weather is nice out on my day off, I sometimes ride as much as 30~50 kilometres on my road bike.

I also recently became interested in photography, I frequently go to the zoo by my house to take pictures of the kingfishers. I also love dogs. In fact, at one time, I wanted to become a dog trainer.

Restaurant Info

Restaurant NameChugokuryouri Takekuma
中国料理たけくま
AreaAkasaka
CuisineChinese Cuisine
Opening day14th June, 2006
Hours of Operation Lunch: From 11:30 (Last order 14:00)
Dinner: From 17:30 (Last order 22:00)
※Saturdays: From 17:30(Last order 21:00)
Closed Sundays・National holidays
Budget
Lunch:¥900~
Dinner:¥3,000~
Service charge-
Children Permitted
Websitehttp://www.take-kuma.com/index.html
Seating/Facilities
Capacity 26 seats

*Please contact by phone when reservation is completed online.

Private party Available

*For parties of 20 or more

Private party options

Projector

microphone・audio equipment

Cake

Can bring own

Smoking Smoking permitted in entire restaurant

*Dinner: Smoking allowed

Parking Available

*Shared parking space available in building.

Services
ReceptionistReceptions/Business Dinners
Can vehicles be arranged?Yes

AddressNishiyama Kogyo Akasaka bldg 1st Floor, 2-15-18 Akasaka, Minato-ku, , Tokyo, 107-0052
Phone Number

+81-3-3585-3600

(Only available in Japanese)

Fax Number

+81-3-3585-3600

(Only available in Japanese)

Access■2 minutes walk from Akasaka St. on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoada line.
■4 minutes walk from Tameike-sanno St. on the Tokyo Metro Ginza and Namboku lines.

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