The mandate at Toko’s premises along Greville Street, just a few minutes from Prahran station, is informal izakaya dining and drinking. It combines salads and tempura dishes, sashimi, sushi rolls and nigiri from a dedicated sushi counter, meat and seafood prepared on the traditional Japanese robata grill into a totally authentic Japanese restaurant experience that’s already making waves in Sydney and has now arrived – to much acclaim – in Melbourne.
With dishes designed to be shared in proper Japanese izakaya style, Toko’s Greville Street address in Prahran is best approached with a group of friends. Book in for Toko’s banquet menu and enjoy a spread that has had the utmost attention lavished upon it – really big parties can take advantage of the chef’s willingness to tailor a bespoke menu for up to 300 people for a stand-up event. Enjoy this exquisite feast alongside a tasty concoction from the bar like a Shimamoto Sour, a spectacular Far Eastern reinterpretation of the whisky sour classic, or kick back in Toko’s whisky lounge, featuring Melbourne’s (and Australia’s) largest collection of Japanese whiskies.
On fair weather days, book a table on Toko’s terrace, a Zen-like space inspired by the courtyards and gardens of old Tokyo and Kyoto right in the heart of Prahran’s bustling drinking, dining and entertainment precinct. Otherwise, the main dining area of this effortlessly chic restaurant and bar remains a memorable place to be immersed in premium Japanese izakaya restaurant culture. Choose traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes from the kitchen, from the sushi bar, and from the robata grill, but don’t forget that sweet-toothed diners are catered to here as well. Feats of fusion mastery like the coffee sundae no yamazaki whiskey gake, coffee mousse, milk ice cream, honeycomb, whiskey foam, offer an impressive finish to one of Melbourne’s best Japanese dining experiences.
Very good fast service, very good music would like to know the playlist ;), good lighting and waiters were very attentive but not pushy. k
The best Japanese restaurant we have eaten at in Melbourne. Highest quality fish. Great cocktails. Wonderful atmosphere. Great service. Toko is our new favourite restaurant.
Outstanding eating experience. I booked Toko from Auckland New Zealand for my daughters 30th birthday dinner and was not disappointed. It was a gorgeous 'chefs tasting menu' so each course was a surprise until it arrived at the table - waiting staff presented the course with flair and enthusiasm. Sharing was such fun lots of conversation around each stunningly presented plate... eg tartare swordfish served in banana leaf cones with kumara crisps and it went on and on. Thankyou for my online decision to book Toko was everything it promised in reality. Lesley NZ
Overall a very positive experience- food was excellent, cocktails were delicious and very attentive service. Special mention to the morton bay bug tempura and the sashimi platter.
Great venue great food one of my favourite restaurant in Melbourne for sure! Some staff service could be improved (had to ask for water twice and no thankyou acknowledgement when leaving) but overall experience is still good.
Took was incredible. Ambience was perfect, subtle lighting, food was so fresh, beautifully presented and full of flavour. We enjoyed the tasting menu and flight of sake. Will be visiting again very soon!
Service was very slow. We sat on the bench near the kitchen and while watching the chefs cook and prepare food was great, we were waiting quite a long time between dishes. We had to flag down a waiter for drinks more than once. Food was good, lamb cutlets and kingfish amazing. Gyoza missed the mark.
Food was fine but overpriced for the quality. Seats with no backs are uncomfortable and not expected when making a restaurant booking. Took 45 mins to get my first drink, lost 2 of my cocktail orders and finally got it 30 minutes later after trying three different wait staff. Staff were running around frantically yet nothing seemed to actually get done. Feels like they've bought a little too much into their own 'coolness'. Won't be going back anytime soon.
Really good vibe! Ideal for dates or big groups because you can book. Food was delicious and the service was great. Will be going back again!
Delicious Japanese in a restful, calm setting. Excellent menu and service was great. Helpful wait staff gave advice about quantity and choice of dishes. We were all impressed with the meal.