Another birthday calls for another reason to eat out. I asked the Boy where he wanted to go and although there were many many options, he went for Sokyo at The Star. We haven’t had the chance to eat at the range of places there except for Momofuku Seiobo.
A booking was made well in advanced and it’s a good thing that we did.
We were seated in the private dining section with the main area being jam packed and buzzing, making it quite difficult to hold an intimate conversation.
Spicy Edamame $9
We start off with some spicy edamame as we decide what to eat for the rest of the night. Always love a bit of spice, no matter what shape or form ;)
Lemon Lime Bitters for me and a Hitachino Nest for him
Moreton Bay Bug Tempura $26
Chunky morsels of moreton bay bug is covered in a very light and delicate tempura batter served with a green papaya pomelo salad and two sauces – sambal mayo and black pepper amazu (which was my favourite with the zing and tang factor).
Beef Robata $15
Robata, as per wiki, is a cooking technique that utilises a charcoal grill. We are advised that on this menu the robata comes out on skewers. We opt for the beef which is short ribs with caramelised eshallots and BBQ teryaki. The meat was incredibly tender with a great depth of flavour from the grill and bbq teryaki sauce.
Kurobuta Pork Belly Robata $14
We couldn’t recognise that there was daikon on these skewers and thought they were fat, not that there was any issue of course but thankfully there was the vegetable. Again, the meat was super tender and was melt-in-your-mouth worthy. Beneath was a spicy shirodashi and yuzu kosho. It was rather pungent and a little bit of either sauce went a long long way, too much for my liking.
I am a sucker for caramelised miso cod. The tops were caramelised (probably a tad too much) and gave a wonderful sticky and sweet taste. The fish itself was so easily broken down with a fork. The miso flavour really shone through. It was also served with a refreshing japanese salsa and crunchy cucumber salad.
Soft Shell Crab Sushi Roll $24
As mentioned in other posts, soft shell crab sushi (spider roll) is a must order for us. Yes, even at fancy places. At Sokyo it is served with yama gobo, avocado, yuzukosho and tosazu (not that I know what half that stuff means, except avocado :P). It is slightly different to what we’ve had before. The sushi is further rolled in a thin layer of daikon, adding texture. The soft shell crab was freshly fried as it retained its heat and crunch even after being rolled up.
Sokyo “Mochi Ice Cream” $9
For dessert we try the tatsuhashi kyoto mochi with frozen strawberry milkshake. We were a little disappointed with the portion size and flavour. The mochi was equivalent to the size of a wonton wrapper folded in half diagonal ways and we didn’t find it to be anything special. The frozen strawberry milkshake was the major let down, it just tasted like your regular strawberry ice cream.
We may not have walked out of Sokyo holding out bellies, but we were rather satisfied with the flavours. Prices are definitely on the higher scale of things especially for smaller refined dishes, but given the location and surrounds, you’d expect nothing less.
Happy Birthday, Boyfriend. xoxo
G Level, The Darling, The Star
80 Pyrmont Road
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Tel:+ 61 9657 9161