Here are three recent arrivals on the international dining scene that are getting gums flapping, in more ways than one.
Sydney institution, Toko Group(of Toko Surry Hills-fame), is expanding abroad with the opening of Toko Dubai at the Vida Hotel in December. Expect classic sashimi through to experimental dishes, a degustation option and, like its Surry Hills counterpart, a focus on local and Australian produce. There’s a Japanese courtyard featuring a waterfall, designed to balance the Dubai heat, as well as a suspended dining room on the upper level.
Asian pop meets The Biggest Loser’s greatest temptation challenge at this wacky new Pan-Asian restaurant in Bushwick. Hereyou’ll find bizarre flavour combos like kimchee carbonara with crushed Doritos, which bizarrely seems to work. Think hyper-Americanised Chinese food set amongst disco décor.
For big kids at heart, especially those who played Pac Man circa 1985, this Putney time-warp is all about hearty share plates and light-hearted fun. Be sure to sample the cocktail menu at the Toy Shop, with alcoholic ice cubes carved into lego men and absinthe wine gums.