Famous as a multiple award winning restaurant, Toko Sydney has transformed Japanese dining in Australia over the last seven years. Introducing a concept that offers clientele modern ‘izakaya’ style dining in an effortlessly designed setting.
Toko is associated in Dubai with Bulldozer Group, the venue is situated in the luxury boutique Vida Downtown, with a close restaurant and lounge, expansive terrace, and a mezzanine private dining. The renowned Australian architect, Matthew Darwon, who intended the Sydney venues, has creatively carried through a sense of traditional aesthetics with a creative twist essential to the Toko identity. Coupled with a restaurant concept that compliments this exceptional space, Toko Dubai is unlike any dining experience in the Middle East.
Core to Toko’s concept are menus tailored to incorporate unique Japanese culinary techniques and premium produce with creative flair. Admired for the presentation style, Toko’s menu has a unique appeal and no boundaries and offers diners a modern, yet authentic interpretation of Japanese cuisine. The brands Executive Chef Ben Orpwood and his team have created innovative dishes that play with various textures and present unique flavours to enhance an experience that is typical of Toko. The restaurant design of Toko Dubai uses a minimalist neutral palette showcasing natural timbers and streamlined joinery, offset by stunning Reni Kung lighting accents.
Toko Lounge is at the front of Toko Restaurant looking out over Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, with intimate lounge booths and an expansive open bar design. The lounge offers cocktails and beverages serves a full dinner menu that is available in the lounge, making it the perfect place for social drinks or a comfortable dinner with clients, friends or groups.
With TOKO’s low-rise exterior the inside of the space features dark interiors and with cinematic elegance. TOKO features an open service counter extending the length of the indoor dining space. Outside is an al fresco dining area that has all the elegance and tranquility of a Japanese Zen garden, with greenery, walls of running water dividing up the space, and a enchanting canopy of colourful silk parasols above.
Service is welcoming, friendly and the staff is impressive and knowledgeable about the menu. Traditional Japanese dish dengaku nasu (or miso-roasted aubergine), the California maki, the ‘new style’ sashimi and miso crisps are all delicious. The robata grill, two recommended signatures dishes, the grilled avocado and smoked miso salmon, the large, creamy quarters of avocado are one of the most ordered.
TOKO Dubai sets a high standard and is a strong contender for other restaurants serving Japanese cuisine.
Lunch: 12:00 – 15:30 kitchen closes 15:00
Dinner: 19:00 – 02:00 kitchen closes 00:00
Lounge: 19:00 – 02:00 kitchen closes 00:00
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