Sunday, July 20, 2014

Out & About: A New Season At Toko

TOKO Restaurant & Lounge, the award winning contemporary Japanese concept that revolutionised Japanese dining in Australia, has spread it's wings internationally with the opening of the first TOKO restaurant outside of Sydney, at the Vida Downtown in Dubai in February of this year.

Renown for it's impeccable presentation, TOKO's menu is ‘authentic yet modern’ and offers it's diners a contemporary interpretation of Japanese cuisine.Utilising unique and innovative techniques, Executive Chef Nasser Laziri and his team have created dishes that explore the harmony between taste and texture. 

Located in Downtown Dubai, with direct access from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, TOKO boasts a dining room, lounge and bar featuring lofty ceilings, an expansive and eloquent terrace, as well as a private dining room.This exceptional space on the ground floor of the luxury boutique Vida Downtown has been setting a new standard for the Dubai dining scene, and transforming the Japanese dining experience in Dubai.

The design of TOKO Dubai uses a minimalist neutral palette featuring beautiful natural timbers and streamlined joinery to create an impeccably detailed setting.After designing the Sydney location, the owners of TOKO approached Australian architect, Matthew Darwon, believing he was the only designer who could deliver such a welcoming and intimate environment, whilst sustaining a sense of the traditional aesthetics.

After opening it's doors in the trendy Sydney area of Surry Hills over six years ago, the TOKO brand has become an institution on the Sydney dining and social scene, as it is quickly becoming on the Dubai scene.TOKO has earned its place as an established and consistent dining experience, and one of the most popular and stylish bars, distinguished by it's intimate atmosphere, fashionable crowd and coveted cocktail menu.TOKO Sydney enjoys a stellar celebrity following with the likes of Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Hawkins and Baz Lurhmann all regular visitors, alongside international A-listers such as Leonardo Di Caprio, Vin Diesel, Salma Hayek, Jermaine Jackson and Nicole Kidman.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Toko Dubai

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