A few weeks ago I was privileged enough to be invited to tour the new spa, aptly named The Spa, at The Darling, the new hotel complex at The Star (the old Star City…confused yet?) Hooley dooley that is one amazeballs spa, but I’ll tell you about that some other time. We also got invited down to Sokyo for some tasty noms, and Sokyo has now gone to the top of my ‘seriously, when you’re in Sydney you must eat here’ list.
The idea of the Sokyo Dining Room is that you tell your server your budget and any dietary restrictions and they create a personalised tasting menu so that you get to experience all that ex-Nobu chef Chase Kojima has to offer (who, fyi, is only a year older than me – seriously feeling like an underachiever right now). In reality I didn’t eat in the Sokyo Dining Room, rather I ate at Sokyo Lounge, the slightly more casual but no less mind-blowing entree to the main meal. The lounge is cruisey and chilled, with a huge bar down the middle, quirky blythe doll artwork on the walls and ceiling, and an impressive cocktail menu. They also serve ‘bar food’ off the main menu, and I was in Japanese food heaven – spicy tuna mini rolls, ocean trout nigiri, lamb in maple miso, sashimi, green tea ice cream with red bean paste, oh my!
I didn’t sample the cocktail menu on my visit (it was the middle of the work day) but I did enjoy a Karate Kid from the mocktail menu – watermelon, pineapple, agave, tonic, and a cucumber slice. Possibly the most refreshing summer drink ever, and one I will be attempting to recreate for upcoming Christmas parties. The mocktails were $9, and the regular cocktails run around the $18 mark – fairly standard fare for a nice Sydney establishment.
Will I be visiting again? Yes. Would I recommend it? Yes. Did I spend a lot of time admiring the perfect red lipstick of all the cocktail waitresses? Yes. If Sokyo wasn’t a 10/10 before, the perfect red pouts put me over the edge.
Disclaimer: Stuff That I Bought was a guest of Sokyo – for more details, see our disclosure policy