A household name for Melburnians, Crown is a place where one hopes to turn a bad day around with a quick round at their casino. But if you're not into that sort of thing (or a painful reminder in the past has sent you shivering to the core) then there's much to do in crown. Shopping, dining, health & wellness, great hospitality and the movies all under one roof, right smack in the middle of an urban jungle is a city slicker's paradise. One of the many great places to fill up an empty stomach is Koko Japanese Restaurant. This restaurant not only boast multi-award credence, but the you can enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine in the midst of serene, yin and yang balancing water garden interior, designed by renown designer Tony Chi..(er..no pun intended?)
KOKO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
LEVEL 3, CROWN TOWER,
Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex,
Southbank VIC 3006, AustraliaPhone: +61 3 9292 5777
Hours: Open today · 12:00 – 2:30 pm, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
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Japanese Green Tea
Koko serve the best sashimi in Melbourne, it's close to what I had in Japan
Starter: Chicken Dumpling
Sweet and smokey, firm yet pleasant texture, these unagi shushi usually puts me off with its sea smell, yet today it is anything but. Put it simply, fresh ingredient with cooking implemented perfectly, results in this tantalizing dish.
The sashimi that follows has a very subtle yet still distinguishable flavor even to the obtuse palate. More importantly, the fats in the fish sufficiently holds in the freshness, that gives a pleasant feeling..go ahead..close your eyes and imagine how it taste like.
Perhaps one of the best sashimi so far, Koko's ingredients feature very refined and subtle flavoring, pure yet rich bursts of single flavors. There are no surprises of a sudden tang here or a shot of flame there. Just simple piece of meat that oozes in between your palate and tongue.
The sushi is just exquisite to the eyes, that one wonders how something so simple can be translated into such an irresistible sensation. I've often wondered what is it that makes me hooked onto raw fish..and till this day..I have not found enough adjective...or it could be I'm just not well read. One thing is for sure, the men and women of Koko's have presented their own interpretation without tainting it with too much artistic flair. Without artistic flair?! Yes of course, this is Japanese cuisine done right if you ask me.
Isn't this a sight to behold? Fresh seafood so elegantly placed with no less than a master's knifing skills. You could be forgiven if you felt the need to slap yourself on the wrist for having poor chopsticks maneuver, unworthy to partake of something so gorgeous. That's right, your french cutlery etiquette has no power here! Dexterity rules!
Assorted Sashimi Platter
This is what I would like to call an unadulterated presentation of sustenance in its rawest form. There's something so unique about raw seafood not only in its flavor but the firm texture that you feel when it suddenly hits your tongue. This is one dish that you simply cannot rush through, rather, take time to absorbed all that Koko's have to offer in its food as well as the ambiance. Think of it as a spa for your palate and mind. Ah yes...feel the peaceful zen flow in you.
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