Tokonoma, Sydney CBD

Whoever would have thought that Bridge Street would become a bit of a food strip? Hats abound, with the likes of Bridge Room, Rockpool, Sopra, joined by a few more casual eateries. Tokonoma is the new neighbour by the crew behind Surry Hills’ popular Toko. Opening just before Christmas, it is in a little underground space that I think used to be Indian. Sandstone tiled walls, concrete floors and subtle Japanese touches make for a pleasant environment and the staff are friendly and attentive. I’ve been a couple of times now and am quite keen to visit again; it is not necessarily innovative or new Japanese, but some of this dishes are done remarkably well and will entice me back. The punters obviously agree as the place has been packed both times. The serves are a little on the small side though so you may need quite a few dishes to fill you up which can make it pricey. They also offer a $98 chef’s banquet. Below are a few of the dishes I have tried, I also recommend the lamb and the scallops.

Hiramasa kingfish, pickled daikon, ponzu, truffle – fresh and delicioustokonoma (1)

Sashimi omakase, excellent quality, and I love that it was served on ice, as I find some places don’t serve their sashimi cold enoughtokonoma (2)

Steak tartare, kojichan, fried capers, kataifi (little bit of Greek creeping in here and adding some lovely texture), quail egg. This was a favourite and certainly one to order.tokonoma (5)

King crab, soba noodles, tobiko, cucumber, saikyo miso – the only disappointing dish, I was looking forward to it but it was bland.tokonoma (3)

Scampi tempura, chili ponzu, ginger. A light hand on the tempura, not as good as Sokyo, but good all the same.tokonoma (6)

Black cod, saikyo miso, pickled ginger, hoba leaf – another must order. That miso sauce is something else.tokonoma (4)

Soy milk pannacotta, tropical fruits, black sesame. Loved this refreshing dessert too.tokonoma (7)

Tokonoma, 44 Bridge Street Sydney, Ph (02) 9251 8185 (entry via Lotus Lane)
http://www.tokonoma-sydney.com/
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