Monday, April 29, 2013


Since she arrived in Sydney a few days ago, I wanted to take Kate out and make the most of her only Saturday night in Sydney. We wanted to drink a decent volume of cocktails somewhere that wasn't too loud and crazy. We also wanted to be able to get something decent to eat but, being ill-prepared, I hadn't made a booking anywhere. I was racking my brain and tossing out suggestions I didn't quite feel certain about and then, mid-way through Saturday morning, it clicked: Why didn't we try making a night of things at Toko? Not only do they do the best cocktails, the food is up there with the best Japanese in Sydney. But the clincher was the fact that, because they accepted walk-ins and would be frantically busy, we could put our name down and head to their sister establishment (it's practically next door) Tokonoma for pre-dinner-and-cocktails-cocktails! It was the perfect plan! And it all went down better than I could have imagined. We were told it would be an hour and a half for a table but between drinks and chatter, it really didn't feel like long at all. It had been years since I ate at Toko and this time round I tried a few dishes I had never had before and I'm going to say in all honesty that it was the best meal I have had in a very, very long time. My tastebuds are currently doing something analogous to obsessively smelling the pillow that one's lover has left the scent of their aftershave on. Get the picture? Let's start with the insta-photos we took that night then move on to the rest...

Truth be told, every single thing we ate and drank I would recommend. You just cannot go wrong here... 

What we drank (in order of appearance)
Lychee & Jasmine Mojito
Ume Plum Crusta 

What we ate (in order of appearance and roughly translated)
Hiramasa no usuzukuri (sliced kingfish)
Ebi tempura maki (tempra prawn inside out rolls)
Watari-gani no karaage (crispy soft shell crab tempura + wasabi mayonnaise)
Spicy maguro maki (minced tuna inside out rolls) 
Dengaku nasu (miso eggplant)

Check out the Toko website for bookings, menus and all the vitals.  Remember, both Toko and Tokonoma have a fantastic bar so you can enjoy a drink while you wait for your table. Toko takes lunch and private dining bookings, Tokonoma takes dinner bookings - I can't wait to have dinner there soon!


  1. I've been to both Tokonoma and Toko - although I confuse which is which I think the food is just so delish, so fresh and clean tasty.

    1. I completely agree with you! I actually mentioned to Kate that for the first time in my life I never noticed the rice in a sushi roll. The people behind Toko must be geniuses - their formula is 100% perfect.

  2. Wow I've never heard of this place! Looks amazing!


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