Slip in for kooky cocktails and snacks

It’s all about the natural finishes at this super-sleek cocktail lounge. Wood, leather, glass and low lighting are the order of the day – the neutral tones mean everyone looks incredible but the warm glow emanating from the wall panelling doesn’t make reading the menu any easier. And you really want to study the drinks list here. There’s nothing stopping you from ordering a classic, but it would be a shame not to give one of the seasonal cocktails a whirl, especially when your reward is the perfectly balanced sweet/tart see-saw of yuzu marmalade and lime juice in the Yuzu Gimlet. They do have an extensive wine list, but with over ten categories of sake on the menu, the Barossa can wait. They do a seasonal tasting flight for $20 that starts at the light end and ends with a sweet, organic brown-rice dessert sake. Before you move towards the pointy end of the evening and start eyeing off the impressive Japanese whisky collection, make time for one of the shochu tonics. They may look like science experiments, but the colourful glass barrels of spirit stewed fruit, herbs and spices along the entrance of Tokonoma are boozy adventures waiting to happen. The Lotus Shu – imperial mandarins, lemongrass and California poppy over giant spheres of hand-carved ice – is touted as a relaxant and we are definitely feeling pretty mellow by the end of our visit. 

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Tokonoma details

490 Crown St

Surry Hills 2010

Telephone 02 9357 6100

Price per person including drinks $51 to $100

Open Dinner Thu-Sat 6pm/6.30pm and 8.30pm/9pm; cocktails Thu-Sat 5.30pm-midnight

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