TA-KO: East London’s Exciting New Culinary Experience

The celebrated team behind Victory Mansion, the beloved cocktail bar in Stoke Newington, is thrilled to introduce their latest venture, TA-KO, which opens its doors to the public on Thursday, 20th June.

This new establishment promises an innovative culinary journey, combining vibrant cocktails with exciting Asian tacos.

Guests can anticipate an array of bold and dynamic Asian flavours served in soft corn tortillas, alongside a selection of delectable sides and expertly crafted cocktails, making it a unique celebration of two remarkable food cultures.

Inspiration Behind TA-KO

TA-KO is the brainchild of Mike Etessam-Rogers, Niall Downey, and Stuart Binks, whose extensive backgrounds in hospitality have culminated in this creative concept.

Collaborating with head chef Jesse Cecchetto, who has been with the team for six years, the founders have developed a menu that showcases their passion for the relaxed dining style of Taquerias and the diverse flavours found in Asian cuisine.

Their shared vision aims to bring a fresh and exciting dining experience to East London’s high street.

Excitement and Anticipation

Mike Etessam-Rogers expressed the team’s enthusiasm for the launch, stating, “We are incredibly excited to launch TA-KO, and the team can’t wait to serve customers once doors open. We feel the launch will bring something special to the high street’s culinary offering and provide a space for fun, casual dining in East London.” This statement underscores the team’s commitment to delivering an exceptional dining experience.

TA-KO: East London's Exciting New Culinary Experience

TA-KO’s menu boasts a variety of tantalising taco options, each designed to tantalise the taste buds. Highlights include the Blackened river trout with smoked aubergine nahm prik and lime labneh, Palm sugar glazed beef short rib with pickled kohlrabi and blackberry sriracha, and Crispy cauliflower with black bean and tamarind ragu, avocado, and pepper mayo.

Additionally, the menu features irresistible sides like chilli corn with feta and lime, shredded Asian slaw, and Nori fried potatoes with Kampot pepper mayo. Importantly, most dishes can be adapted for vegan or vegetarian preferences, and all tacos are gluten-free, ensuring inclusivity for all diners.

A Stylish and Versatile Venue

TA-KO offers a modern dining space with Asian-inspired design elements, accommodating up to 40 guests. The interior features bench seating, stylish wallpaper, and Rattan chairs, creating a comfortable yet chic environment.

For private parties and events, the downstairs area provides an intimate setting with a kitchen table perfect for birthdays or gatherings with friends, catering for up to 16 guests. Additionally, the outdoor terrace can seat 14 guests, ideal for enjoying a cocktail in the sunshine.

Creative Cocktails and Beverage Options

The cocktail menu at TA-KO features innovative twists on classic drinks, evolving with the seasons to stay on trend. Current offerings include unique variations of The Old Fashioned, The Margarita, The Negroni, and The Whisky Sour.

TA-KO: East London's Exciting New Culinary Experience

Standout cocktails include the ‘Apple Cinnamon Scotch,’ which infuses artist blend scotch with apple and cinnamon syrups, topped with peychaud’s bitters, and the ‘Apricot & Smoke,’ a mezcal-based drink with apricot brandy, Campari, and fresh lemon zest.

Other notable options are the ‘Banana Boulevardier,’ combining bourbon, Campari, fortified orange wine, and banana liqueur, and the ‘Cherry Club,’ a gin-based cocktail with cherry purée, fresh lemon, and morello syrup. In addition to these creative cocktails, TA-KO offers a range of dry whites, bold reds, orange wines, and mocktails.

A New Addition to East London’s Culinary Scene

The introduction of TA-KO to Stoke Newington marks a significant addition to East London’s vibrant culinary landscape. With its unique fusion of Asian flavours and Mexican street food, TA-KO is set to offer an unparalleled dining experience.

TA-KO: East London's Exciting New Culinary Experience

The team’s dedication to quality and creativity is evident in every aspect of the restaurant, from the innovative menu to the stylish décor.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, 20th June, when TA-KO will officially welcome guests to enjoy its delightful tacos and inventive cocktails. This new venture is poised to become a favourite spot for both locals and visitors, offering a distinctive and enjoyable dining experience in the heart of East London.

TA-KO’s commitment to quality is evident in its menu, which caters to a wide range of dietary preferences. With vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, TA-KO ensures that every guest can enjoy their meal without compromise.

The use of fresh, high-quality ingredients and the creative approach to traditional dishes set TA-KO apart as a leader in culinary innovation.

A Space for Socialising and Celebrations

Beyond its exceptional food and drinks, TA-KO offers a welcoming space for socialising and celebrations.

Whether it’s a casual dinner with friends, a special birthday celebration, or a private event, TA-KO provides the perfect setting. The combination of delicious food, creative cocktails, and a stylish environment makes TA-KO an ideal choice for any occasion.

TA-KO is also committed to sustainability and local sourcing, ensuring that their ingredients are not only of the highest quality but also ethically sourced. This commitment reflects a broader dedication to environmental responsibility and supporting local producers, aligning with the values of many modern diners.

TA-KO: East London's Exciting New Culinary Experience

As TA-KO prepares to open its doors, the team is already looking ahead to the future. Plans for seasonal menu updates, special events, and collaborations with local chefs and artisans are all in the works. This forward-thinking approach ensures that TA-KO will continue to offer fresh and exciting dining experiences for years to come.


TA-KO represents a bold and innovative addition to Stoke Newington’s dining scene. With its unique fusion of Asian and Mexican flavours, creative cocktails, and stylish setting, TA-KO is poised to become a beloved destination for food enthusiasts.

The dedication and passion of the team behind TA-KO promise to deliver a dining experience that is both memorable and distinctive. As East London eagerly anticipates the opening of TA-KO on Thursday, 20th June, one thing is certain: a new culinary adventure awaits.

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