Sokyo @ Star

Do you remember when Star City looked like a backwater RSL? These days its all fancy-pants, complete with a spate of GFG hatted restaurants, including Momofuku, Black by Ezard, Balla, as well as The Century (a spin off of Golden Century), and a ‘desert train’ (!) by Zumbo. And yes, I have been to all of them.

Sokyo = Sydney+Tokyo – is not in the dining precinct of Star City, but in The Darling, its adjoining hotel, which apparently, ladies, has a seriously awesome day spa (males please note). This is my third Sokyo visit and I’m really looking forward to it, hoping it was as good as I’d remembered. We are ushered down some stairs, a section of the restaurant I didn’t know about, but it’s quite nice and private down there, and a little quieter. You do feel like you’re not in the thick of it, but in the main restaurant area it does get very very noisy. They’ve got this strange countless-ropes-hanging-from-ceilings thing going on, and I’m wondering if there’s a Cirque du Soleil demo happening later in the meal.

There will be a lot that’s tempting, so I certainly recommend coming with a few friends so you get to try more. The wait staff are plentiful and we are well looked after. Tick.

We start Kingfish Miso Ceviche – devine. Wished I didn’t have to share.

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Salmon and Prawn Sushi Roll

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Tuna with crispy rice – love the texture of this.

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Red Snapper Tempura & Cuttlefish Tempura. These guys are tempura kings, its some of the lightest, most delicate tempura I’ve had.

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Duck with Witlof, nashi pear salad, warm orange soy – a generous serve, beautiful duck and a a refrehsing salad.

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“Kobe Cuisine” Wagyu Tenderloin with Pumpkin, wasabi butter, shio konbu jus. Seriously tender. Seriously good.

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Yamazaki Caramel Macchiato with Coffee ice cream, coco nibs, whisky foam. “By the way ma’am”, says our charming waiter, “that is your dessert, not your coffee”, he explains. Apparently they’ve had people pick it up and try to sip it. With the coffee ice cream, it’s a great alternative caffeine hit, and we scoop up every last bit.

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We didn’t have it this time, but I also really recommend the lamb with eggplant puree.

The Napoli Household was divided as to whether this or Sake is better, but they both have some great dishes, and the pricing is similar.  Definitely one for the to do list.

Sokyo, Level G, The Darling, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont Ph (02) 9777 9000

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