Long-time lovers of Surry Hills izakaya Toko, which closed after 16 years on Crown Street in 2022, can still get their smoked miso king salmon and Moreton Bay bug tempura fix at the CBD sequel – and it’s (mostly) the same as ever.
The kitchen spins out all-time favourite Toko dishes, including some that were last on the menu a decade ago. Look out for smoked miso king salmon, Moreton Bay bug tempura, and scampi nigiri with foie gras. You might also find robata calamari (grilled over hot coals) and A5 Wagyu. There’s also an omakase (chef’s choice) menu, plus more sake, shochu and whisky behind the bar than ever before.
That said, the CBD space is much more intimate. There’s seating for 100 people, a private dining room for 16, a sushi bar, and a counter dedicated to the robata grill. A similar aesthetic to the original restaurant has been recreated by bringing over and reusing a lot of the materials – including bespoke joinery, black timber floors and feature lighting – from Surry Hills. And you can relive Toko’s signature boppy playlists, too.
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