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Published November 1st 2017
Find the hidden Japanese restaurant behind the green door
If the warmer weather makes you crave sashimi, edamame and sushi, what a better way then to try a hidden Japanese restaurant. Situated right beneath The Bridge Room, on the corner of Young Street, Sydney CBD, you will discover Tokonoma.
My partner and I started with their large sashimi platter (24pieces) $64, which consists of your favourite sashimi cuts of tuna, kingfish, snapper, scallops and salmon, then we ordered the hirashima kingfish in ponzu $21, which was subtle and refreshing, followed by the yellowfin tuna tataki $22. Out of the kingfish and the yellowfin tuna, the kingfish was the better option.
After that, we tried their signature maki roll, though you won't find their options on the menu and instead the host will go over the three variations they have from seared salmon, spicy tuna and kingfish. The first one we got was the spicy tuna, which came in about six small pieces with crispy rice on the outside.
Excited to try their robata grill, we absolutely had to try the tempura zucchini flower with tofu feta and of course the moreton bay bug tempura with a yuzu mayonnaise. Both were what you would expect, satisfying.
Slightly expensive, the zucchini flowers are served individually and you can expect to pay $9 for one flower. Though, I could have easily eaten four to myself. Still hungry, we decided to order the other two signature maki rolls.
Now, the seared salmon roll was divine, covered in saffron strands and wrapped in the thinnest layer of salmon, this was my most favourite dish of the night. Hands down, be sure to order it if you go. The kingfish roll was still nice and the sesame seeds on the outside gave it a nice nutty taste, though, after the seared salmon roll, I could not make any comparisons.
Was Tokonoma worth the try since we enjoyed Toko, yes it was, simply because of the zucchini flowers and seared salmon. I highly recommend being prepared to spend on small dishes, particularly if you are hungry. Though perhaps, try some other things that we didn't, like the beef tartare or the cod (which is always a winner), all of which you can find on their menu.