Sokyo at The Star.
Sokyo at The Star. 

Level G, The Darling Sydney, Australia 2009

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Opening hours Mon - Wed 5.30 - 9.30pm,Thurs - Sat 5.30 - 10.30pm,Fri noon - 2.30pm
Features Wheelchair access, Private dining, Bar
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Chef Chase Kojima
Seats 165
Payments AMEX, Visa, Mastercard, eftpos
Phone 1800 700 700
Free wine for Citibank cardholders here

With 2.5 kilometres of rope dramatically suspended from the ceiling and an in-house beat-spinning DJ, Sokyo is bent on getting your attention. In the swank surrounds of The Darling hotel, it’s a choose-your-own-adventure through modern Japanese cuisine. This bullet-train of flavours doesn’t get more contemporary than Moreton Bay bug sashimi served with Vegemite croutons, burnt butter mayo and passionfruit jelly. Chef Chase Kojima (ex-Nobu) isn’t fishing for shock value; instead he’s paying tribute to the local icon. Plus, Vegemite has a salty, yeasty twin in miso, a Japanese staple. Other inventive dishes include nigiri of crisped rice, topped with spicy tuna, and ‘mochi’ ice-cream – a great delivery system of sweetness conveyed through soft dessert dumpling parcels with a frozen strawberry milkshake. Brilliant. Corn with pickled grapes and ponzu was rather too over-pitched in tang, but otherwise this is an energetic update on sushi, sashimi and the robata grill – with a friendly Sydney accent.