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A go-to for great Japanese in Surry Hills.
By David Lappin
March 12, 2019
By David Lappin
March 12, 2019

Many a first date have been held in Toko. Dark and lush, its huge spiral matchstick-like-wall art is a beacon to passers-by on Crown Street.

Famous for its first rate sushi bar, robata grill and considered wine list, Toko does incredible things with Australian seafood. It packs a punch in the carnivore stakes, too, with some of the best wagyu we've had in Sydney.

Our menu picks include the grilled scallops ($26.7), duck breast ($31.8) with pickled nashi pear and something from the extensive selection of sashimi and nigiri. Desserts aren't an afterthought here, either — try the rhubarb crumble ($15.8) with custard and apple sorbet for a sweet slap of citrus. You can pair all of this with a drink off the neat lineup of creative, Japanese -inspired cocktails as well as sake and wine.

If you don't like decisions, look to one of the chef's tasting menus ($78–98), which might get you eating a few amazing things you wouldn't have otherwise considered.

In 2017, the restaurant held a four-day ramen and streetwear pop-up called The Ramen Club. It was such a hit, Toko decided to bring back ramen for winter 2019. Launching on Saturday, June 1, the new lunchtime menu features a truffle ramen with Asahi Black chashu and bamboo, a chicken and yuzu version, and a vegan option with grilled tofu, green tea soba noodles and mushrooms. All bowls are $16 and are only available from midday–3pm every Saturday. Yep, they're only available one day week — make your booking now.

It's not just noodles, either, you can pair the ramen with gyoza, tempura and Japanese 'fairy bread' made with nori rice ships and trout and scampi roe. If you'd prefer to go all-out with your lunch, order the $58 kabuki tasting menu instead. With this, you can add on bottomless prosecco and rosé for just $30 a head.

Updated May 30, 2019.

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