TOKOSAN, PRAHRAN: Tokosan is a casual, yet fun Melbourne Japanese restaurant just off Chapel St, nestled in the beautiful suburb of Prahran. The interior decor is extremely vibrant – with colourful Japanese-like umbrellas hung upside off the ceiling, with a restaurant and bar area that spans all the way deep into the restaurant, with cozy booths lining the sides. It makes a perfect little Melbourne late night spot for drinks or a casual, yet not-over-the-top dinner. There were some hit and misses of the night, but overall, the mains – pork ribs and flounder karaage meant that Tokosan provided us with a nice Japanese dinner for Melbourne standards.
The good fat: Surprise of the day was most probably the chicken skin skewers! It was out most adventurous choice of the evening and save to safe, Tokosan’s skewers didn’t disappoint! It was crumbly, flaky and fried perfectly so that each little piece melted in your mouth… I would definitely recommend!
The pork ribbies were dressed a sticky, yet relatively light teriyaki sauce that didn’t overwhelm the entire dish. There was a complement of sour cream on the side that I didn’t feel was necessary as the ribs along already comprised all the necessary sweet and salty flavours, along with a gorgeous consistency of falling off the bone.
The presentation of the flounder karaage was certainly surprising! I did not expect the fish to be within the flounder was it definitely a creative idea. The fish inside was juicy and crisp, whilst the flounder itself was also incredibly aromatic to eat – breaking each piece of fried-perfection off was like snacking on gourmet chips.
The bad fat: The let downs of the evening were probably the tuna sashimi and the inside out roll. The sashimi was slightly over-seared and the yuzu/ponzu with truffle dressing didn’t work too well with flavours – the truffle could barely be tasted whilst the yuzu was a nice sour touch but the fish itself had a sort of unusual scent/marinade. The inside out roll was very standard and the sushi rice itself was a bit bland.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – Wouldn’t recommend the sashimi or sushi as other Melbourne sushi restaurants can be much better, but their cocktails, and mains are a delicious and filling option for a Melbourne late night dinner date.
CHECK THEM OUT HERE: http://tokosan-melbourne.com/menu/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Tokosan for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration