Toko Melbourne is set to open tomorrow, Friday 11 September, 2015, bringing izakaya dining to Melbourne. Located at 142 Greville Street Prahran, Toko Melbourne is founder Matt Yazbek’s fourth venture following from locations in Sydney and Dubai.
Toko Melbourne focuses on the fine tradition of izakaya dining, a style conducive to sharing. Toko Melbourne’s menu will include signature dishes like 48 hour marinated smoked miso king salmon with house pickled ginger (sake no aburi yaki); wagyu beef gyoza with white-soy mustard and shiso (gyu niku gyoza); thinly sliced kingfish with a yuzu dressing and chives (hiramasa no usuzukuri); and six-piece chef selection signature nigiri including scampi with foie gras and truffle oil; and unagi, torched foie gras, and umeboshi.
The food will be served in synergy with an extensive sake menu, a considered spirit list highlighting interesting and top-shelf rare whiskies, and a seductive cocktail selection. Curated by Paul Birtwistle of the Toko Group, the sake menu is a key focus for Toko, which works in partnership with the Nanbu Bijin brewery in Japan to create a signature sake – Tokubetsu Junmai – presented in a custom bottle. Toko stocks the Tsuki No Katsura Yanagi, a rare and exquisite example from the Sudo Honke brewery in Ibaragi. A selection of Japanese and Scottish whisky will be served. Toko’s cocktails will surprise; Kakeru’s Cloud is fun with strawberry infused Wyborowa vodka, mandarin shochu, vanilla, and egg whites garnished with pink fairy floss; and the Shimamoto Sour, Toko’s twist on the traditional sour, with apricot infused yamazaki, honey, chamomile, citrus, hint of absinthe, served with a drunken apricot.
Toko Melbourne features a private dining room, seating for 120, sushi bar, open kitchen and open chef preparation area, outdoor bar with Japanese style gardens with cherry blossom trees, and a separate whiskey and cocktail bar, also available for use as a private lounge and bar.
Toko Melbourne – 142 Greville Street, Prahran, VIC 3181
Ph: 03 9521 3155
Lunch: from 12noon Friday to Sunday only (reservations available from 12 – 2pm), reduced menu: from 3pm to 5pm Friday to Sunday Dinner: from 5pm Wednesday to Sunday (reservations available between 5 – 6pm). Closed Monday and Tuesday
Images by Julian Kingma