We were sitting at home one Saturday night looking for somewhere new to try, and were in the mood for Italian. We did a bit of an online search and found Toki Italian Inspired, an Italian restaurant run by Thai chef Toki and his wife Cherry. Located in Woolloomooloo, it is in an inconspicuous location near apartment blocks not far from William Street.
A very casual restaurant, with table service and they offer quality food at an affordable price, as well as alcoholic drinks and dessert. It was easy to get a booking and service was friendly and very efficient.
The food is a bit like an Italian choose your own adventure. You select the style of pasta, the sauce and add some extras and you’re in for a treat. The menu is extremely extensive and organised under ‘tomato, pink, cream and white’ with plenty of sauce options. You then select your style of pasta.
We began with an entrée as well, the homemade spicy meatballs. These were cooked in a tomato and chilli sauce, which was super flavoursome and nice and think with the moist and delicious meatballs. Other entrees on offer include bruschetta, arancini, salt and pepper calamari and garlic prawns to name a few.
For the pasta, we chose the olive oil base; in particular the “toki”, which had clams, prawns, calamari, cherry tomato, rocket, chilli, garlic, olive oil and white wine. We opted for a linguine and made it a large size.
To supplement this, we had a salad, the toki salad. Greens, topped with tomato, cucumber, olive, beetroot, corn, roasted capsicum, caramelised onion, parmesan cheese and a house dressing.
We found our food order to be appropriate for two and still with room for dessert. For dessert, we tried one of the banoffee desserts. It comes in a small $5 container and was absolutely delicious, especially the dulce de leche component.
Overall, we enjoyed our dining experience here as the food was very good and service was very welcoming. We look forward to returning to try more of their menu options, for there are certainly plenty of options.
Toki Italian Inspired
63 Crown St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
11:30am – 9 pm daily