Takumi München


I’ve just returned from a trip to Saint Petersburg. The city took me completely by surprise. The weather was gorgeous, its people stylish, alternative and friendly and the food was lovingly prepared. I ate mostly hearty Georgian food, interspersed with a visit to a Ukrainian restaurant that offered fiery vodka and a pet pig.

The night before I went, I took my tortoise up to Hallbergmoos, where he was going to spend his holiday with the two tortoises he hibernated with last winter. Driving back to Munich, the hunger pangs kicked in and I remembered a friend once telling me of a good ramen bar in Schwabing. After some frantic texting, I found out its name – Takumi, located on the corner of Heßstraße and Schleißheimerstraße.

First up – do not drive there. Schwabing is the worst place to find a parking spot and it took us a good 20 minutes. By the time we were inside Takumi, it was already 9:30pm, but the restaurant was still pretty full. We ordered gyoza (on offer on Wednesdays), Takumi’s house ramen, tan tan men, with minced meat, veg, garlic and chillis, and a roast pork ramen bowl.

The tan tan men bowl (11.80 €) had been recommended to us by a friend, and we weren’t disappointed. It was creamy, spicy and hearty. The pork ramen dish (12.80 € with miso) was less spicy and more delicate, a little more suited to the warmer weather – whereas the spiciness of the house dish would be a great antidote to a cold. The gyoza were delicious – moreish, buttery balls of dough and meat. I had an apple juice (I had a flight to catch the next morning), but Takumi offers Japanese Kirin beer, umeshu, Japanese vodka and sake, if you want the full experience.

Service is super friendly, and Takumi is hugely popular among Schwabinger locals, with many regulars. They serve dinner until 10pm, and don’t accept reservations, so I’d recommend getting there a little later to save queuing (at 9:30pm there were a few free tables).


5 comments on “Takumi

  1. Oh good grief I miss being able to go out and get this sort of food. I love ramen. And gyoza. And I love that your tortoise went on holiday. Also: Georgian food is some of the very best food in the world. I visibly put on weight after just 10 days in that beautiful, beautiful country. If you haven’t been, you should absolutely go.

    • A couple of friends have been and I am reeeally tempted to go. Everything about it sounds like my sort of country – an appreciation of wine and good food, fantastic scenery and lovely people!

  2. bavariansojourn

    I have a feeling our hamster might be going to the same place on Wednesday for a few days! If you ever can’t get a reservation there, let me know I am sure we can accommodate a tortoise for a few days! 😀 Anyway this Ramen bar sounds amazing, and I am definitely going to go soon! 😀

    • Haha, thank you Emma! You really have to go, it’s good (I’m interested if you say it’s as good as Japanese ramen). Enjoy your hols! (I’d be more than happy to accommodate a hamster for a bit too!)

  3. Cannot wait for food in Munich after Karlsruhe…. not the most adventurous food city. I think I’d take the spicy dish any day!

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