Toko recently launched their night brunch that takes place every Tuesday night, which we have heard so much about, and so on being invited to try out the set street food menu also called the “Yugure”, we were super excited! It is a place we would highly recommend to dine at especially for the brunch as we personally enjoyed the night brunch experience.
Where: Toko, Vida Downtown.
Perfect for: A night brunch experience
– Green curry prawn soup
– Crispy Peking duck salad with watercress and herbs
– Raw green papaya salad with lime and coriander
– Chicken Yakitori
– Sushi selection, salmon tartar, snapper ceviche, tuna tacos
– Black cod and prawn fish cakes with smoked red chilli relish
– Home style made vegetable spring rolls
– Dim Sum Baskets
– Mixed seafood dumpling
– Chicken Char Siew Pau
– Soft shell crab served with wasabi mayonnaise
– BBQ duck and cucumber
– Mochi ice-cream selection
Service: Our server wasn’t too well versed with the menu. But was very sweet and welcoming. Dishes arrived on time however, their service could be improved.
What we loved: The quality of the ingredients! Everything we had was just excellent. We usually do not order duck at restaurants (due to a bad experience we had in the past) but the one served at the night brunch was so tasty, it was crispy and the sauces that came with it just added to the taste, it was so delicious! Each dish was appetizing, their appetizers are to die for. From the green curry prawn soup to the papaya salad (very refreshing & tasty) everything was TASTY! The vegetable spring rolls was made very creatively and was of such good quantity. All the appetizers were of good quantity. The presentation of the sushi selection, salmon tartar, snapper ceviche & tuna tacos was excellent! At the night brunch, the portions are quite large so you don’t have to order much. Their mocktails were done very well, they tasted pretty good!
What we didn’t like as much: The seating area for the brunch is different from the other part of the restaurant, the sofas were a bit uncomfortable. The quantity of the Chicken Yakitori was a bit too less. From the Sushi selection, we only liked the sushi, the salmon tartar, snapper ceviche & tuna tacos tasted a bit odd especially the tuna tacos, it wasvery unlike the usual tuna we have eaten elsewhere. The dessert wasn’t very flavorous, wish they had more options.
What we recommend:
- Green curry prawn soup
- Crispy Peking duck salad with watercress and herbs
- Raw green papaya salad with lime and coriander
- Soft shell crab served with wasabi mayonnaise
- BBQ duck and cucumber
Ambiance: It was pretty crowded for a night brunch. Absolutely love toko’s ambiance thought. It’s just such a different feeling when you enter, all the way until you leave. Love the music, they have a live DJ playing every night, you never feel like leaving the place.
More on Toko: They offer the four-course set menu for AED195. A multiple award winning restaurant, Toko Sydney has revolutionized Japanese dining in Australia over the last 7 years, with a concept that offers clientele modern ‘izakaya’ style dining in an impeccably designed setting. Partnering in Dubai with Bulldozer Group, the venue is located in the luxury boutique Vida Downtown, with an intimate restaurant and lounge, expansive terrace, and a mezzanine private dining. Admired for the presentation style, Toko’s menu has no boundaries and offers diners a modern, yet authentic interpretation of Japanese cuisine. Let us know your thoughts/fav dishes in the comments below, once you’ve visited toko.