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  • The Darling Hotel, The Star,
    80 Pyrmont St,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9657 9161,
  • Lunch Fri noon-2.30pm

    Dinner Mon-Wed 5.30pm-9.30pm, Thu-Sat 5.30pm-10.30pm


Has anyone pinpointed when certain Japanese restaurants and nightclubs started an aesthetic convergence? Sokyo is one of the more appealing examples, a dark and sultry den where the food is a fusion of authentic bites (oyster mushroom tempura) and more contemporary plates (a fiery wagyu short-rib tataki with pickled grapes, chestnut purée and chilli oil, say, or a robust kingfish miso ceviche with crisp potato and green chilli). Nobu-trained chef Chase Kojima knows his sushi well, too. Expertly cut and served, the sashimi arrives arranged like a modern art canvas. Robata-grilled kurobuta pork belly gleams on the plate, meanwhile, both succulent and crisp, with subtle heat from a spicy dashi-based sauce. The sake on offer is as impressive as the wait-staff are attentive and helpful. Desserts veer to the inventive: the Yamazaki caramel macchiato impersonates an Irish coffee, which is no bad thing.

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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $8-$29

    M $19-$48

    D $9-$14

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Chase Kojima



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