So not long ago I attended an engagement party -- congrats again Stephen & Lisa!
The environment there is very modern, dimmed lighting, open layout, and we had our own private area which was really good! Waitresses were walking around in the beginning of the night politely and friendly asking us what drinks we wanted. I believe from the moment you step into a restaurant the service you get from the get go and the ambiance, really determines how the night is going to be.
7 O'clock and we were all ready to begin the feast! We were situated amongst 20 guests, on one long wooden table with arranged seating. And then I heard that it was going to be a 13 course Banquet! My two thoughts were, "man we're going to be here forever"-- this coming from my bad experience at Tetsuya (will backtrack for you guys) and "I have to prepare my stomach for this".
The food just came out so quick.. Pictures and descriptions below..
Our cute name tags
nama gaki no tosazu to issho ni
freshly shucked pacific oysters, tosazu
This was seriously the best oysters I've had. It was just so fresh and simple!
miso taru taru
daily special tartar with miso
Have never had anything like this before. The zucchini gave a pleasant crunch with the Salmon
gyuniku no tataki
seared beef, pickled onions, mizuna, garlic chips
This was okay, different and full of flavour as well
uzura no karaage
shaved bonito fried quail
Very juicy! And the outside had a very nice crisp
assorted fish from chef’s best selection of the day
Do I need a description? One word. Fresh!
toko signature nigiri
chef’s selection of nigiri
Melted in my mouth!
watari-gani no karaage
crispy soft-shell crab, wasabi mayonnaise
This was kind of bland.. felt like the mayonnaise didn't do it any justice
hotate no jalapeno amazu zoe
robata grilled scallop, sweet pickled apple, jalapeno
The boyfriend loved this, i recall him saying "it was one of my favourites"
kohituji to yasai suzuke zoe
marinated lamb cutlets, chilli miso, pickled eggplant
Lamb was unbelievably succulent and cooked to perfection. Eggplant was a dissapointment. The sauce with it was too overpowering, felt like I was eating Hoi Sin Sauce with mush.
wagyu, 500 day grain-fed
sirloin, marble score 9+
O M G. Cooked to perfection. Extraordinary charcoal taste
uchiwa ebi no sugata age
moreton bay bug tempura, chilli ponzu, yuzu koshou
This was also bland.. felt like I needed to chuck some salt on it.
chef’s selection of toko desserts
The picture speaks for itself. UN-BE-LIE-VA-BLE! Warm chocolate pudding is to DIE FOR! Rhubarb and cream? in the cup, was also yummy. Vanilla & Berry sorbet.
It was such an enjoyable night. Great company, delicious food, what more could you ask for? There was only 2-3 dishes that didn't do it for me, but everything else just made up for it cause it was AMAZING!! Honestly, this is probably one of the best Japanese restaurants I've gone to! Beats Tetsuya's for sure! It was such a good experience that I am considering holding my 21st here.
***4.5/5 Stars from me***
Photo's from the wonderful boyfriend. Lighting was very dimmed so I'm sorry if some pictures are on funny angles as he was trying several different ways to take photos.
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