5 star Japanese dining

Located on the ground floor of 5-star hotel, The Prince Akatoki you will find TOKii, a contemporary Japanese restaurant serving authentic cuisine. [...]

Located on the ground floor of 5-star hotel, The Prince Akatoki you will find TOKii, a contemporary Japanese restaurant serving authentic cuisine.   We went along for dinner and were treated to an array of dazzling morsels.

In keeping with the hotel, the space is minimalist with lots of dark timber mixed with screen divides and low lighting creating an intimate atmosphere, perfect for a date night dinner.

The A La Carte menu uses fresh and seasonal ingredients designed to bring the best of Eastern and Western flavours together.  There is plenty to choose from with signature dishes, lighter bites and sides as well as a full menu of Nigiri, Sashimi and Sushi Roll options.   We opted for a bit of everything and were not disappointed, every dish was delicious.   Highlights include the lobster croquettes, crisp and delicate with a perfectly balanced ponzu and mango salsa.  The crispy pork belly was rich in flavour and the Cornish crab mayonnaise was not only an array of mouth popping tastes, but it was also beautifully presented, so much so I felt bad eating it.   The dishes served are like works of art and pretty enough to fill any Instagram feed.  The food comes out as it’s ready so lots of small bites keep coming our way.  The chef and team buzz around the open kitchen and prepare fresh fish before a line of diners sitting up at the counter.  The sushi comes adorned with flowers and shiso leaves bringing a flash of colour to the table.  It tastes amazing too, I cannot get enough of the buttery chunks of fish encased in soft rice.   Our waitress insisted we try the wagyu beef with spicy ponzu sauce and I am so glad we did, it was ‘melt in your mouth’ tender and bursting with flavour.   The service was great, our waitress was extremely knowledgeable and tentative helping us with wine and food choices. 

As well as serving lunch and dinner TOKii has launched a weekend brunch menu complete with bottomless sparkling saki or prosecco.   For those wishing to escape the indoors, the TOKii kitchen has created beautiful picnic hampers. Guests can expect snacks of Spiced roasted almonds and Scotch quail eggs, followed by a range of tasty sandwiches from Honey roast ham with piccalilli, Grated cheddar with apple and raisin chutney to a Chicken teriyaki bun. An assortment of fresh, seasonal salads including Edamame and runner beans with popped amaranth seeds is included, alongside tempting desserts of Chocolate and cherry brownie, Yuzu crème brûlée and Raspberry tart.  The hampers come with a choice of traditional sparkling sake or prosecco.

The menu at TOKii ticks every box for me and I think the biggest challenge is deciding what to have as it is a medley of superb dishes, all delivering a slice of Japan on a plate.

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