THE AGE cheap eats guide 2009 3 stars winner
Even the most committed connoisseur of all things Japanese will find something
new to enjoy here ? from tofu served on ice to fried lotus root buns to
sake-matching menus. And then there’s the gobo: make the acquaintance
of the tasty burdock root shredded in a thick chilli-mayo dressing; it
might be a stranger to you but its typical of Cocoro’s thoroughly atypical
menu. Sushi and sashimi are fresh and beautifully presented, and even miso
soup arrives in a large ceramic bowl instead of the usual plastic cup.
It’s all watched over by an imposing wall of fine pottery worthy - like
everything else on the menu of detailed inspection.
THE AGE cheap eats guide 2007 3 stars winner
Passion and attention to detail lie at the heart of this cafe-pottery store.
The menu guides you through an authentically Japanese dining experience,
suggesting sake tasting (served chilled or warm) and an 'all-round kanpai(cheers!)'.
Follow up with several small dishes to share: tender lotus root buns or
agedashidofu in soy and mirin are delicately textured, steamed scallops
in plum butter sauce are conversation stoppers, and the sushi is silky
smooth. Savvy waitstaff are happy to take the lead with ordering, and all
food is served on pottery from Cocoro's collection, which is also for sale.
What: 'Networking for Life'
A free information evening for people passonate about health & wellbeing.
Sample the range of Cocoro Japanese Organic Gren Teas. You will receive
information & inspiration from wellness expert Sherry Strong (also
a celebrity chef!) in addition to a wellness gift compliments of Kocho
Spa. Come and take a look at one of the newest & most authentic and
relaxing Japanese style day spas in Melbourne!
Cocoro Japanese Organic Green Tea Tasting & Presentation Event at the
Organic Expo 2007
Sep 7th (Trade only) Fri 10am-6pm, Sep 8th (Public) Sat 9am-6pm, Sep 9th
(Public) Sat 10am-5pm
Place: Royal Exhibition Building Carlton, Melbourne
Come along to Organic Expo 2007 and see Cocoro Japanese Organic Green Tea
in action! At our stall you will be able to sample all our organic green
teas free of charge. Our range of premium green teas will of course be
available for purchase for the duration of the Expo. This is your opportunity
to sample some of the most premium organic green tea available in Australia.
We will also be making organic green tea lattes and exotic organic green
tea smoothies which will be available for purchase until we run out of
our secret ingredients, so make sure you head to our stall early! Wholesale
information kits will be available from our stall for businesses interested
in stocking our tea and our staff will be able to assist all visitors to
our stall with any inquiries.
We hope to see you at the Organic Expo!!
THE AGE February 16, 2007
You don't meet for just a drink at Cocoro; you meet for an experience.
First up is the Cocoro menu experience, with an insert sheet kindly instructing
on the Japanese way of ordering (drinks, then entrees and mains to share).
Then there's the Cocoro drink experience: an array of lightly flavoured
sake, served either warm or cold, tasting dry through sweet. Finally, there's
the Cocoro food experience: miso-soaked soybeans, lightly grilled king
fish or finely sliced salmon, with flavours so light they seem to dance
across your palate (but that could just be the sake).
THE AGE December 15, 2006
This one might seem like a bolt out of the blue as a bar, but for pre-drinks
the $10 sake tasting at Cocoro will have you happily fuzzy before you can
say sashimi. Perfect for the sake. novice, Cocoro's sampler comes either
warm or cold and includes bishonen, a dry sake that translates as "beauteous
youth". kubota, mildly flavoured but easy to drink; and otokoyama,
a dry taster for the adventurous, which translates as "men's mountain".
THE AGE EPICURE January 30, 2006
"Calm aesthetics, smooth jazz and a mix of well-priced Japanese titbits"
Nowhere is as far removed from the mood of the Templebar on its Monday and
Wednesday drag nights as the calm, cream Japanese pottery/cafe directly over the
road. Cocoro is full of restrained aesthetics such as calligraphy, little bushes
carefully clipped into bonsai trees, and a display wall of delicate mottled
ceramics in strange organic shapes. The soundtrack is velvet jazz. The food is an interesting mix. You won't find a gobo salad on many menus
around town, but here the lightly crunchy root of the burdock plant arrives
finely sliced. Its flavour is fleeting under a coating of cool mayonnaise,
with a late savage bite of chilli. The sushi and sashimi list is minimal
- usually based around salmon, kingfish or pretty little crab mayo nori
rolls. Instead there are delicate stews of, say, pork and potatoes in a
gravy, doused with sake, or perhaps lightly puffed dumplings of chewy minced
lotus root served with a sweet soy and mirin sauce. The servings are small
but then nothing on the menu is more than $10, making it a cheap night
out for the bird-like eater.
To drink there are plum wines, sakes and Japanese beers such as Asahi or the
darker maltier flavour of Yebisu.
THE AGE cheap eats guide 2008 3 stars winner
From the fresh flowers to the artisan china, personal touches are everywhere
at this boutique-sized izakaya (a Japanese-style tapas bar). The just-for-you
feeling carries through to the menu - a 'how to order' section and sake-tasting
sets (with tasting notes and pickled nibbles) ensure optimum coverage of
the food, which focuses on healthy, home-style seafood and veg dishes.
Whet the palate with a wad of miso spinach and salty-sweet marinated carrot
strips, then share firm pieces of kingfish with garlic mushroom slivers,
or lotus and miso dumpling puffs, and finish with a fruit-chocolate Kahlua-infused
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