Return to Sokyo for breakfast

We visited here in Jan 2018 for Sokyo’s marvellous breakfast buffet and ala carte dining. Due to Covid regulations, Soyko are now offering only ala carte dining. In 2018, the price was $22.50 for ala carte and $28 for the buffet, but in 2020 it has risen to $38. This current price is inclusive of 1 ala carte dish, a plate of fruit and yoghurt, a pastry, and 2 drinks.

We are seated at a large table with our group of 9 and the setting is lovely, ambience is great and our waiter Ferbie was knowledgeable, friendly and eager to please. He seemed to enjoy his work.

We begin with a drink; a coffee and tea. The coffee is a commercial brand, so it’s sufficient to meet most people’s caffeine needs. The tea; in particular the herbal blends were good. You can also get a juice, it is served in a ceramic glass but is from a bottled version, not freshly squeezed. Be mindful, some of the drinks cost extra, like the matcha or turmeric lattes.

The menu is a contemporary and inventive take on breakfast with Japanese inspired meals and pastries, designed by chef Chase Kojima.

We peruse the ala carte menu and being in a large group, we order most of the dishes to get variety. We are disappointed that the breakfast ramen has been removed as that is the number 1 reason we returned. Apparently “product sourcing issues” but that stumps us. Hopefully they bring it back.

On our last visit we tried the Sokyo seafood bowl, and opt for this again, for given that you are paying a premium price, you may as we’ll order a dish with premium ingredients. Not your typical breakfast meal, but one we love. It’s a bowl of rice topped with an assortment of fresh cold seafood and an onsen egg. Great flavours and presentation, though a tad on the small size for the price you’ve paid.

The beautiful spanner crab chilli omelette was served atop a seaweed rice with Sambal butter, an indulgent choice.

The Mushroom Toast was certainly generously portioned. A slice of toast topped with a beauriful arrangement of whipped tofu, yuzu kosho and radishes.

If you’re not normally too risqué with your breakfast choices, they do have a western style option. Their “eggs your way” comes served with bacon, avocado, tempura hash brown, ciabatta toast (can be replaced with gluten free toast if you so choose.

We loved the pastries, and you can try a plain croissant, matcha pastry filled with red bean, muffin or the crowd favourite, a yuzu croissant topped with fruit. Our lovely waiter was kind enough to let us have some more when we finished.

All in all, it’s a great breakfast experience. We think it could be improved by re adding the brekkie ramen and maybe increasing the size of the seafood bowl given the price. Other than that all is good with us. Keep an eye out at the website, for the menu does change.

Thanks for the great service by Ferbie.

Sokyo at the Star

Level G, The Darling at the Star

80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont

Sydney 2009

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