Tokonoma opened in 2009 and is the sister venue to the Japanese restaurant Toko, situated just next-door.
It is truly a treat to experience such a unique and high quality venue in the city of Sydney. Situated on busy Crown Street in the heart of Surry Hills, it is easy to miss this gem, as aesthetically, it could almost be a continuation of the restaurant next door. It differentiates itself by an extraordinary light feature comprising 500,000 resin-coated lentils by Reni Kung, one of Sydney's great emerging talents. Think Japan meets The Jetsons.
The atmosphere inside Tokonoma is dark, sensual and seductive. On arrival you immediately feel the venue is special and you feel special for being in its midst. This is the exact response the owners are trying to generate – something exclusive and unique.
The centralised bar is a feature of the space, dividing the hidden, nestle-friendly booths up the back and the sumptuous circular banquette seats at the front, where guests are invited be part of the scenery that wafts by.
One of the highlights is the infused Shochu tonics, served on freshly cleaved ice from timber vessels at the front of the bar. The service is attentive, the food tasty, light, beautifully presented and uniquely combined. We recommend the hand picked tasting plate (for a minimum of two), or the shared options from the kitchen, robata grill or sushi bar.
You will feel like a million dollars here, though you wont have to pay that much.