Amsterdam’s much-loved Taiko restaurant officially opens its doors in Dubai at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk
Having embarked on his culinary journey 20 years ago in Dubai by initiating the food and beverage scene in the pyramids of Wafi, Chef Schilo van Coevorden returns to the city to create a unique epicurean experience with the opening of Taiko Dubai.
Taiko restaurant, the award-winning concept located in the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam, was created by Executive Chef Schilo van Coevorden six years ago to honour the beautiful flavors and textures of the Far East and is now a leading restaurant in contemporary Asian cuisine. Serving a menu that is modern-Asian inspired, dishes sparkle the imagination and with the opening of the brand’s first international outpost, at Taiko Dubai Schilo’s creations are set to transport taste buds across the world.
Straight from Taiko Amsterdam and heading the kitchen is Chef Guido Wesselman. Bringing with him over 12 years of experience, Chef Guido has travelled the world, immersed himself in an array of culinary adventures and now, at Taiko Dubai, delivers the perfect symphony of flavors as guests indulge in unique specialties. Alongside the menu are Taiko’s signature cocktails which take inspiration from a speakeasy in downtown Roppongi. The specially created beverage menu has been curated by the Head Bartender who has crafted drinks inspired by Asian and Arabic flavors. With a signature creation for every season, the menu also boasts a collection of spirits, Sake, grapes and bubbly.
A unique experience from start to finish, stepping into Taiko is walking into a dramatic ambience of magical mystery thanks to the darker color scheme, taking diners into the lore of Asian culture. Truly immersive, the restaurant includes an open kitchen revolving around a char-fired robata grill and a sushi bar angled into the space at 45 degrees to stage the drama of food preparation. Further adding to this inimitable dining experience, Taiko’s renowned live drum performance will take center stage four times a week and a resident DJ will take to the decks playing into the evening.
When it comes to the food, the star of the show, Taiko Dubai offers a sensational culinary adventure. An homage to Asian food, inspired by fresh and local ingredients, dishes have been thoughtfully curated blending Asian and Middle Eastern flavors, for example the Hirashama Kingfish Sashimi – a playful Japanese dish which been created with locally produced ingredients such as Persian saffron, black lime from Oman and fresh Pistachios from the Middle East. From dishes such as Edamame Hummus and Black Garlic Hummus to the Arabic Lamb Gyoza a plethora of culinary surprises await. Other noteworthy dishes tickling taste buds include the Lamb Chops, Daikon Salad, Miso Black Cod and Dynamite Wasabi Prawns.
A unique and excellent addition to Dubai’s exciting culinary scene, experience an explosion of flavor and embark on a culinary adventure at Taiko Dubai.
About Chef Schilo van Coevorden
Schilo began his culinary journey at the Culinary School in Rotterdam and started his apprenticeship in a classic Rotterdam restaurant called La Villette after which he left for Belgium to work for Roger Souverijns at Scholteshop Restaurant (two Michelin stars). Having immersed himself in the creative realm of the culinary arts, he returned to Rotterdam and joined the Parkheuvel, a two Michelin star restaurant. His gastronomic adventures continued and a few years later Schilo became the Head Chef of the Lowndes Hotel in 1992 in London, after which he was transferred by Hyatt to Dubai to open their first new style, cutting edge restaurant, Focaccia. In 1996 he met H.E. Sheikh Mana bin Khalifa Al Maktoum who asked him to be part of his team and to open and operate the pyramids complex at Wafi city. Schilo’s main focus was the flagship restaurant Sphinx, which he opened and operated for two years. After this experience, Schilo went on to travel extensively throughout Asia and worked in Japan for the Hyatt Regency Osaka and at the China Club by Sir David Tang in Hong-Kong.
In the following years, Schilo returned to Europe and worked at a number of reputable establishments and in 2007 was asked to consult for a brand-new project and concept in the south of Spain, Finca Cortesin. A 67-bedroom luxury hotel situated between Sotogrande and Marbella on the Costa del Sol, in October 2008 he opened his signature restaurant named Schilo. Having received great acclaim, in 2011, Schilo moved back home and was appointed Executive Chef in charge of all Food & Beverage areas of the brand-new Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam. Here, he also carried Tunes Restaurant & Bar by Schilo, a concept that put the modern Dutch cuisine back on the map. The style of his food and menu has evolved through the years, adapting many different cuisines from all over the world but always based on classic and often simple preparations showing great respect to the pureness of fresh, local and seasonal products. Working with local suppliers and farmers he developed his own style which is hard to describe but captivates the heart and taste buds of many well-travelled food aficionados.