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Chef Taka Moriuchi

Chef Taka Moriuchi

Taka Moriuchi was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1962 and as a teenager, he dreamt of coming to the US. After graduating from high school, Taka worked as a sales rep for a shoe retail company called “Ginza Esperanza”. He went on to become a manager and merchandiser for the company, designing pumps and traveling to Europe every six months.

Taka left the shoe company after 10 years and bought a convenience store in Tokyo.

He soon learned of an opportunity for a lottery green card from a friend living in Atlanta, GA. He applied and was fortunately selected out of 240,000 applicants. Taka realized his dream of coming to the US on February 15, 1995.

Taka’s first job on American soil was as the assistant manager at Kobe steaks, where his responsibilities ranged from washing dishes and bussing tables to greeting guests. He quickly realized that sushi was becoming a popular trend in America, so he left his management position behind to learn the craft of sushi-making.

Taka began practicing the art of sushi at Soto when Soto opened his sushi restaurant in August 1995. He stayed on with the flourishing restaurant for four years before partnering with Kevin Rathbun to open Bluepointe in 1999. In February of 2002, Taka started his own restaurant known as “Taka Sushi Café.”

Taka’s revered sushi restaurant took on the “sushiandpassion” tagline in 2007. What is sushiandpassion? It is inspired by Barry Manilow’s famous song “Copacabana” in which he sings of “Music and Passion.”

As an avid Barry Manilow fan, Taka felt that Manilow’s perseverance mirrored his own. During a concert, he was impassioned by the message the Manilow shared with the crowd: “You can give in, give out. But don’t give up.” Since becoming the sole owner of Taka Sushi in 2006, Taka’s restaurant has become a renowned Buckhead dining establishment with celebrity patrons from Hollywood actors and professional athletes to musicians and TV personalities: John Travolta, the Dixie Chicks, Kiss, Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Dallas Austin, Jake Gyllenhaal and more. Taka plans to enjoy his success on the beaches of Waikiki, where he plans to retire one day.

 

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    “Sheltered from the local party scene by a row of upscale salons,
    this small sushi restaurant resembles a sleepy Gulf Coast seafood shack.”

    City Search

    Rated 5.0/5.0 star
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    “I eat at Taka a lot because it is around the corner and I just can’t stand
    how pretentious Soto is. Tonight was darn good and I just had to write
    about it. We had the Thai style red snapper sashimi which came with
    pine nuts, cilantro, shredded daikon/shizo mixture, and peanut
    sauce..so tasty.”

    The Blissful Glutton

    Published by The Blissful Glutton on September 15, 2005 at 8:47 PM
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    “In a world where oceans of fish dishes are done in paint-by-numbers style,
    Takao Moriuchi maintains a beautiful touch.”

    “Sushi As Artistry” By Meridith Ford, Access Atlanta

    Published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on October 26, 2004
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    “Taste sushi as it was meant to be: pristine, pure, fresh.
    This intimate cafe from chef-owner Taka Moriuchi, a native of Hiroshima,
    specializes in sushi, but offers a wide range of hot and cold appetizers.”

    Gayot

    Rated 14/20
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    “Taka takes his appetizer cues from his days at Soto.
    The list is extensive and the flavors unusual but mostly well-balanced,
    though I find I’m more taken with the sashimi
    and cold starters than I am with the hot.”

    Bill Addison, Creative Loafing

    Published March 5, 2003
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    “Sushi in Atlanta = Taka Sushi Cafe for me. They have the freshest fish. Sashimi is really the best here, but the rolls are good too.”

    City Voter

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    “This Buckhead sushi den attracts laid back locals (often toting mini sushi proteges).
    Remember where you are with a Home Depot or Diet Coke roll (flip the menu for translation).
    Go beyond creative names with noodles or a cold salad of snow crab and thinly sliced cucumber.
    Wall colors change annually to redefine the mood of the season, but the fresh food stays perfectly the same.”

    Black Book

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    “A longtime fan of American music and culture, Taka Moriuchi was ecstatic when he won
    a lottery green card to come to the United States in 1995. While learning English,
    he worked his way up from being a busboy at Kobe Steaks
    to become the sushi chef at Soto Japanese restaurant, then BluePointe.
    Now, he’s the owner of this upscale sushi joint, located in the Buckhead building
    formerly occupied by Taco Mac.”
    City Guide AOL

    Rated 4.0/5.0 stars
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    “Sushi chef has way with words
    Taka Sushi Cafe in Buckhead gets less of my business than I’d prefer.
    We’ve got sushi we like closer to home and are creatures of habit.
    But every time we visit, I am always reminded of what
    a thoughtful chef owner Taka Moriuchi is,
    both for his sushi bar creations and his hot food.”

    “What’s For Dinner?” By John Kessler, AJC Evening Edge

    Published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on April 03, 2008

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  • Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:30am to 2pm
  • Dinner: Monday – Saturday 5:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Sunday Closed

 

 

 

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Taka Update April 2018

  Taka Sushi Update April 7, 2018

Fish Information

Getting good tuna is not easy. I did not get any good tuna in March. I think this trend is same in April.

Uni is changed. Small sized Maine uni is over. But the same kind of uni comes from NE Canada. California big uni comes sometimes, it is from Santa Barbara.

I still buy Fish Omakase box. It comes every Tuesday. This is from Fukuoka, Japan. You can taste real sushi and sashimi same as Japan. It is 4-5 kinds of fish in the box.

Hamachi, yellow tail season is almost over. But the quality is not bad. I but it for a while.

Live scallop from Boston is not bad. I can get 2-3 times a week.

 

April Promotion

Weather is getting better and some people drink beer for lunch. Sapporo draft beer is $3 by the glass during lunch.

We changed 3 Tavern local beer from IPA to Prince of Pilsen. I like this.

 

 Instagram

My follower reached 1000 people last week. It took 2 years maybe. I am looking for 1500 people in 6 months. I post new fishes, daily specials, my dog, golf and more. It is fun to watch. Please join at sushiandpassion. Thank you.

April Big event

We have Wagyu nights. It is held April 17 Tuesday and 18 Wednesday. I buy fresh wagyu from Japan and make several dishes like, tartar, sushi, grille and more. Wagyu is expensive? Yes it is but I get a good deal and try to not sell high prices.  Please book your table.

 

Fish Omage 3 can reduce Death risk?

Fish intake and type 2 diabetes in Japanese men and women: the Japan Public Health Center-based Prospective Study.

The participants were 22,921 men and 29,759 women aged 45-75 y who completed a questionnaire of the second survey for the Japan Public Health Center-based Prospective Study and who had no history of diabetes. Diet was ascertained by using a 147-item food-frequency questionnaire. ORs of self-reported, physician-diagnosed type 2 diabetes over 5 y were estimated by using logistic regression.

During the 5-y period, 971 new cases (572 men and 399 women) of type 2 diabetes were self-reported. In men, fish intake was significantly associated with a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes; multivariable-adjusted ORs of type 2 diabetes for the highest compared with the lowest quartile of intake were 0.73 (95% CI: 0.54, 1.00; P-trend = 0.04) for total fish and seafood and 0.68 (95% CI: 0.50, 0.92; P-trend = 0.016) for small and medium fish (horse mackerel and sardine, saury and mackerel, and eel). Additional analysis by fat content of fish did not detect any significant association for each category. In women, fish intake was not appreciably associated with type 2 diabetes risk.

In a population with high fish and seafood intake, fish consumption was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes in men but not in women.

So, what kind of fishes are good?  Aji (Japanese jack), sardine, saury, mackerel, eel, salmon, trout, sea bream are good. Basically all blue skin fishes are good. But the problem is many American people don’t like those fishy items. Also vegetables with fibers, seaweed, fruits can reduce LDL. And need some sweat exercise like 30 minutes walking daily.

 

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Taka Update March 07, 2018

  Taka Sushi Update March 7, 2018

Fish Information

I cannot get good tuna. It is same as last month. I get Big eye tuna sometimes but no fat at all. SO, my choice is yellow fin, no choice.

Uni is from Maine but the season is almost over. I get Japanese uni on Thursday. It is from Japan-Russia border.

I get Fish Omakase box every Tuesday. This is from Fukuoka, Japan. You can taste real sushi and sashimi same as Japan.I still buy this box. This is real fresh and wild fish.

Hamachi, yellow tail season is almost over. It is farm but March is the last month to get good condition.

 

Hamachi Night!

March 15th, Thursday is Hamachi night. We have to eat season’s best Hamachi. We offer it with special low price. $5 for sashimi, $5 sushi nigiri are good deals. This is One night only special. You can see a whole Hamachi on this day. Please book your table.

 

March is Ladies month.

March is girl month in Japan. Every Tuesday is ladies night. Bogo for glass wines and 30% off for bottles wines.

 

Scientists Identify Weight Loss Ripple Effect

People who make an effort to lose weight aren’t just helping themselves, they may be helping others too. That’s the finding of a new University of Connecticut study that tracked the weight loss progress of 130 couples over six months. The researchers found that when one member of a couple commits to losing weight, the chances were good the other partner would lose some weight too, even if they were not actively participating in a weight loss intervention. In the study, approximately one third of the untreated partners lost 3 percent or more of their initial body weight after six months despite not participating in any active intervention.  A three percent loss of body weight is considered a measurable health benefit. The study’s lead investigator, UConn Professor Amy Gorin, calls it a “ripple effect.” “When one person changes their behavior, the people around them change,” says Gorin, a behavioral psychologist. “Whether the patient works with their healthcare provider, joins a community-based, lifestyle approach like Weight Watchers, or tries to lose weight on their own, their new healthy behaviors can benefit others in their lives.”

Read more? https://today.uconn.edu/2018/02/weight-loss-ripple-effect-helps-others/

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Taka Update February 08, 2018

  Taka Sushi Update February 8, 2018

Fish Information

I cannot get good tuna in winter. I just carry yellow fin tuna instead of big eye tuna. Big eye tuna this season carry a lot of worms and not good for eat.

Uni is from Maine, California and occasionally Japan. uni is stable quality and price is not bad.

I get Fish Omakase box every Tuesday. This is from Fukuoka, Japan. You can taste real sushi and sashimi same as Japan.

I changed Hamachi, yellow tail supplier. Fresh with no treatment Hamachi comes from Japan. This quality is very high.

 

 

National Uni Day?

This month, 24th is Uni Day. It is Saturday. Please come to eat many of uni dishes.

 

March is girl month.

March is girl month in Japan. I am thinking something special. And May is boy month. So April is for gay? I do not think so.

 

Consumption of antioxidant-rich foods is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, study shows

A lower risk of type 2 diabetes has been observed among individuals consuming food rich in antioxidants. This effect is largely contributed by fruit, vegetables, tea and other hot beverages, as well as moderate consumption of alcohol, as shown in a recent study from an Inserm research group, published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)

A diet rich in fruit and vegetables has previously been associated with a lower risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular conditions. An Inserm team (Health across generations, Center of Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, Villejuif, France) has now shown that such a diet is similarly associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

Read more? https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171109224048.htm

 

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Taka Sushi Update December 11, 2017

Taka Sushi Update December 11, 2017

Fish Information

Tuna is still not recovered from Thanksgiving Holiday. I am looking for big eye tuna from Ecuador.

Live Scallop comes today. If you are looking for this, better come weekdays. It is hard to get it at weekend.

December is Japanese Fish Omakase, I get it from Tokushima, Japan this Thursday.

Uni is from Maine or Japan right now. Both are not bad.

 

Holiday Info

We will be closed December 24-25( Sunday- Monday) and December 31-January 1( Sunday-Monday).

 

Winter fitness: Safety tips for exercising outdoors

The colder weather has officially arrived and for outdoor workouts, that means making a few adjustments. If you don’t enjoy hitting the treadmill but also don’t like working out in cold weather, we have some tips to help you maintain your outdoor fitness routine. See 5 tips below.

1.    Hydration
Always remember to stay hydrated! Oftentimes we don’t think about drinking plenty of water before, after and during winter workouts. Although it is extremely important to keep hydrated during the summer, it’s equally important during the winter. If you wait until you’re thirsty, that means you are already dehydrated. Drink plenty of water before your workout. Keeping hydrated also helps with dry skin that many people experience during the winter months. Steer clear from consuming too many sports drinks unless you are exercising for a sustained amount of time.

2. Layering
If you didn’t know already, there is a proper way to layer your clothing when going for a cold, outdoor run or walk. Make sure your first, or bottom layer is a moisture wicking, synthetic material that draws sweat away from your body. Cotton should be avoided as it holds sweat to your skin which can keep you cold and possibly cause chills. The second layer should be a fleece material for insulating and keeping your body warm. The third and final layer, which is the top layer, needs to be wind or water proof.

Don’t forget to protect your ears and hands. When you run or walk outside, your body heat is directed towards your core leaving your extremities colder. Always use a head wrap or ear muffs and gloves.

3. Warm-up
Colder weather equals tighter muscles and joints. It’s easy to pull a muscle when you’re exercising in wintry temperatures. Before your workout, practice dynamic movement stretches to get your blood flowing and body warmed up. Try bringing your knees up to your chest, doing walking lunges or taking a brisk lap before you begin.

Do you experience side pains during colder weather when you exercise? Try wearing a face mask. It helps warm the air before it reaches your lungs, which might lessen the chance of side pains.

4. Shoes
Whether you live in a blizzard-prone climate or a town that only sees patches of ice on a rare occasion, it’s important your shoes have safe traction. Try using a trail shoe during the winter. This doesn’t mean a heavy, hiking shoe. New Balance offers trail/running shoes that are light-weight and have great traction for slippery floors.

5. Mix it up
As much as you might despise hopping on the treadmill, try to mix up your exercise routine at least once a week. Our body will always work harder in extreme temperatures and giving it a break every now and then is a good idea. Try an indoor class or strength training in an indoor setting. It’s also a great idea to practice a less strenuous workout one day a week to give your body a break. You’ll feel better in general and your muscles will appreciate it!

Full story is here.

https://www.cooperaerobics.com/Health-Tips/Fitness-Files/Five-Winter-Workout-Tips.aspx

 

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Taka Update November 14, 2017

  Taka Update November 14, 2017

Fish Information

Tuna is Ok sometimes but bad sometimes, very up and down. So far I have big eye tuna and come new tuna on Wednesday.

Live Scallop comes today. If you are looking for this, better come weekdays. It is hard to get it at weekend.

Sujiko ,fresh salmon roe is hard to get this year. The price is soaring in Japan and Japanese buyers come to Alaska to buy. They ruin the market here.

 

November 14 is World Diabetes Day.

An estimated 30.3 million people of all ages—or 9.4% of the U.S. population—had diabetes in 2015. It is a big problem all over the world.  Almost 20 % of Japan population is diabetes now. Too much food temptations but just eat simple way as 1970’s Japanese people. Eat fish, seaweed, mushroom, soy product and vegetable. Please avoid high calorie, high cholesterol, frozen food, instant food, junk food. And we need to exercise, walk run and more.

 

Skipping Breakfast Associated with Hardening of the Arteries

Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to a build-up of plaque, according to research published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Eating a healthy breakfast has been shown to promote greater heart health, including healthier weight and cholesterol. While previous studies have linked skipping breakfast to coronary heart disease risk, this is the first study to evaluate the association between breakfast and the presence of subclinical atherosclerosis.

Read more? https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2017/10/02/13/56/skipping-breakfast-associated-with-hardening-of-the-arteries

Closing Info.

November 23, Thanks giving Day

November 24, Black Friday lunch , we open dinner.

December 25, Christmas Day

December 31, New Year Eve (It is Sunday.)

Taka Sushi    4600 Roswell Rd. Suite E110, Sandy Springs, GA 30342

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