I know this is going to sound a bit dramatic and somewhat overboard, but I couldn’t think of a better way to describe my recent and, most importantly, first visit to Tako Cheena. Here goes: It was a mind blowing experience. Sure, anyone can put together a meatless, even vegan, burrito. But, the question is, can they infuse as much flavor into it as Tako Cheena does?
Tako Cheena is the brainchild of another Central Florida favorite: Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria. I didn’t love Pom Pom’s but I do plan on going back to give it another try. So, before going to Tako Cheena, I was already planning for it to be so so. I will go ahead and admit that I was oh so wrong.
To begin, the place and the people (both the patrons and the employees) were ultra cool. Just being there, I felt like I was part of the cool clique. The inside, which they describe as “A Cross Between A Food Truck And A Restaurant,” was small but the way the tables were situated, it fit a lot of people. Plus, they have a great sitting area right at the front window, which is where I grabbed a seat to dine. Now, on to the good stuff: the food.
Before arriving at the restaurant, I had already picked out what I was going to order. But, just to make sure that I hadn’t missed anything, I grabbed a menu and did a bit more research. Good thing I did, or I would have missed out on probably the best part about Tako Cheena, especially for vegetarians and even more so for vegans: The menu is filled with meat dishes that can be transformed into vegan dishes. How cool is that! So, here’s what I had: Thai Panang Tofu Burrito and a Indian Yellow Curry Dusted on Crispy Tofu Tako. Plus, I ordered a side of their Fried Crispy Churros, which were no where near vegan—thank you to the kind gentleman who quickly informed me of this.
To say everything was good or even great would be an understatement. The flavors that the burrito and take were packing blew my tastebuds away. Check out the pictures below along with descriptions for more details about the food I tried.