If you were just driving past by the Stockland Cammeray Shopping Centre, you would be forgiven for not even taking a second glance. From the highway, the entire complex looks like a massive industrial office space, but once you find your way in, you will find Tokkuri, a hip Japanese Sake Wine Bar restaurant in the middle of the Stockland square.
We were warmly greeted and our staff were attentive from the start. The interior decor looked modern with an impressive open wine bar area and it offered a comprehensive wine list featuring around 100 boutique wines. I also need to make a special mention of the Japanese-inspired cocktails and traditional sake.
Tokkuri offers one of the widest ranges of sake in Australia. The 40 sakes on the drink menu are from Itochu Shokuhin, Japan's most prestigious sake distributor, and they have been handpicked by a certified Master sake sommelier so every guest can savour gold medal-winning and super premium varieties of Japanese rice wine (or Nihonshu).
Sakuramasamune Hot Sake from the Kobe region $15/150ml This brewery has 400 years history.Umenoy Ado OuBai Umeshu $7/60ml glass
Our drinks arrived promptly. We ordered hot sake from the Kobe region and it had a mild aroma and a sharp taste. We were informed that this sake was from a brewery with 400 years history and it matched-well with sushi and sashimi and also with cooked seafood.
I like my sweet drinks, so I also ordered an Umeshu from the Nara region. Umeshu is made from Japanese plums steeped in alcohol and sugar and it has a beautiful sweet and sour taste. I opted my sweet plum wine to be served on the rocks.
We were initially attracted to its modern Japanese aesthetics but the vast menu got our undivided attention. Everything sounded fresh and delicious, so we decided to order several tapas to share.
Shichimi Calamari $17 (Fresh calamari, lightly crunched in 7 spice shichimi & deep fried. Served with lime and wasabi aioli)
There were so many dishes on the menu and we were stuck in decision-paralysis mode. After some deliberation, the first dish we ordered was the sumptuous Shichimi Calamari with deep fried calamari seasoned with 7 spices. This was a mouth-watering moreish dish with the special lime and wasabi aiol. At $17 it was slightly pricey for a small tapas portion, however it matched really well with our sake.
Seafood Ceviche Salad $17 (Chef's selection of assorted fresh fish with citrus soy sauce)
We wanted a healthy balance so we decided to get a seafood ceviche salad filled with chef's selection of assorted sashimi and a tangy citrus soy sauce dressing. The serving size was quite generous and we were really impressed with the quality. The price, however, was a little high for a salad dish.
The next tapas dish was switched for our empty plates. The crispy soft shell crab were crispy and delicious. I'm not a big Japanese yuzu fan so to my surprise I really enjoyed the special citrus flavored soy dipping sauce which have an earthy sweet taste. It added another level of refreshing taste to a plain fried tapas dish.
Salmon Aburi Roll $21 (Avocado, crab mix, cucumber, Tamago, Unagi sauce & spicy mayonnaise topped with seared fresh salmon, homemade sesame sauce and dried chilli
The signature aburi salmon sushi rolls aren't a feature for nothing. It was one of the most attractive dishes filled with an abundance of ingredients. Tokkuri's executive chef, Yusuke Tsutsui is a classically trained sushi chef who has honed his skill in Japan, US and Australia. The size of our sushi rolls were quite substantial, but everything held well together and they were a taste sensation. I was impressed with Tsutsui's attention to details.
I noticed our wait staff was very professional and attentive. She quickly and discreetly served the food and drinks and refilled our water several times without request.
We managed to squeeze in a small dessert and I was wowed by this Green Tea Fondant dessert with a melted green tea lava centre. It was served with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and artfully presented on an elegant Japanese ceramic plate.I would come back just for this alone.