A Japanese traditional breakfast is not your usual cornflakes fare. It is a lot more substantial, so delicious and mouth watering, filled with lots of good proteins like fish and eggs and comprise many types of food that are a complete meal that you will normally experience at lunch or dinner, making you full ... so full... so you can concentrate and power on for the rest of the day without being hungry again too soon.
I love the traditional Japanese breakfast you can experience at Sokyo at The Star Sydney in Pyrmont. I grew up in an Asian household so congee and other Asian savoury dishes were normal for me for breakfast and flavours my palate were accustomed to. It probably wasn’t until I started work when I could eat cereal as it was quick and off the shelf but I thought the texture of cereal was a bit ‘cardboardy’ and sweets for breakfast like pancakes with maple syrup ‘eeek – too sweet’. My trusty Vegemite on toast was the savior for breakfast as a quick ‘make it at home’ alternative for breakfast.
Sokyo’s Japanese breakfast would appeal to many Asian guests I think. This is some of my food photography of our sensational breakfast selection at Sokyo after dance class on Saturday (yes I know we needed another class to work this off). Some people who grew up on cereal and pancakes might not fancy the seafood dishes for breakfast but there is a continental buffet choice too in their fusion menu where you can try their pastries, both Western and Japanese style, soba noodles and congee. The prices are reasonable too: you can have an a la carte dish, a tea or a coffee $22.5; Full continental buffet and a tea or a coffee $28; Full continental buffet, an a la carte dish and a tea or a coffee $38. Seriously, if you are there, just indulge and opt for the last option. Breakfast at Sokyo is available on every day 7.00am – 10.30am.
On the table above is the Traditional 'Choushoku' Breakfast with the Fish of the Day (Cod), miso soup, chawanmushi, edamame, Hokkaido yumepirika rice, nori, Japanese pickles and the Sokyo Seafood Bowl (also below) with my favourite wagyu of the sea, the Glacier 51 Toothfish, salmon, octopus, flying fish roe, cucumber, pickled ginger, Hokkaido yumepirika rice, onsen tomago. With the Seafood Bowl, I was told I needed to mix the runny egg, rice and seafood altogether first before eating it. So delicious.
There are a variety of lattes that are Japanese inspired like their Goma latte - black sesame and milk latte and a Matcha latte which I also tried.
We also tried courtesy of Sokyo their new breakfast dish, a delicious Pork Katsu Curry with Panko crumbed pork loin, udon noodles, curry sauce, soft boiled egg, chives, beni shōga. shredded nori, sesame. The flavours of this dish were that of Winter with a mild heat from the curry spices. It was a very good brunch dish.
I tasted some of the pastries from the continental buffet and I ordered a matcha latte too, which has a distinct strong delicious taste of green tea.
Level G The Darling
The Star, 80 Pyrmont Road
Pyrmont NSW 2009