Monday, August 23, 2010

KoKo,Crown Tower

Over the weekend, we celebrated a friend's birthday at Koko. Koko is one of the premium dining outlets in Crown Casino, Southbank. It is a hidden jewel tucked away on the 3rd level of Crown Tower.

The interior of the restaurant designed by international interior designer Tony Chi feels very Japanese.

The Interior & Teppanyaki Tables

The restaurant has a high, double volume ceiling which gives it a sense of spaciousness as well as a shallow pond in the middle that gives a calming effect. As our table was situated next to the pond, the staff kept reminding us to be careful not to fall into the water.

The Chef at Teppanyaki section

Assorted Sashimi

Since its still winter, we got the winter menu and I assume they have other seasonal menus as well. Sashimi is a must have in any Japanese restaurant if you love sashimi. Koko serves two variations of a sashimi platter, a Koko Chef's special sashimi and the one we ordered, the assorted sashimi.

The fish for the sashimi were really fresh but the presentation of the dish was terrible.

The O-Bento Box

There is a tasting obento box which is a tasting platter per person which has 4 varieties of Japanese appetisers each. The appetiser that comes in the bento tasting box includes wagyu beef tataki, smooth Japanese tofu with fermented beans, tuna roll and a piece of tempura fish with lemon dressing.

Check with the staff if you guys would like to order as it may vary.

Spider Roll

The spider roll we had was nice but it wasn't the best that I have eaten.

Ebi Hotate Gyoza

They don't pan fried their gyoza here as they only steam it. The steamed handmade prawn and scallop dumplings are served with "ginger ponzu" dipping sauce.

Soft Shell Crab - Crispy Soft Shell Crab and served with "yuzu miso" dipping sauce.

Kamo Kuwayaki

Kumo Kuwayaki is a pan - seared duck breast that simmered in soy mirin sauce with eggplant that comes with 3 different miso sauce.

The duck breast was cooked to perfection. The taste was smooth, the meat was tender and the layer fat just melts in your mouth.

On the whole, we enjoyed the dinner at Koko very much with food that not only tasted good but looked beautiful in a nice ambience and they also have quite a comprehensive wine list which has a wide varitey of japanese sake and wine that ranges from a couple of hundred to a few thousand a bottle.

My Ratings;

-Environment: 4/4
-Foods: 3.5/4
-Price: 1/4
-Service: 4/4

Level 3 Crown Towers,

03 9292 6886

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  1. Hey thanks for this post. I'm planning something at Koko soon, so this is quite useful. Can you tell me: is the place bright, and is it noisy? Thanks!

  2. Hey Aaron! The place has comfortable lighting I would say, not too bright, enough to take good photos. Regarding the noise, I can say it's quiet and very good for gatherings with friends and family.