Photos by Wayne Pearson
What’s red, pink and delicious all over? Prospect’s latest hit, KOYO!
Created by a team of professionals who previously worked in Japanese restaurants together, this Asian fusion restaurant is a treat for all five senses and offers up the goods all day long.
SIGHT FOR SORE EYES
The decor is a dream come true, with red and pink tones and the perfect balance of luxe and casual. You can sit at the bar, keep it simple at any of the timber tables or cosy up in one of the red velvet booths. Huge windows let the daylight in, while pendants set the mood lighting at night, making any time a good time to dine at.
KOYO. WHAT’S THAT SOUND?
It’s the sizzle of the Japanese coal fire! “A lot of our menu is cooked over the chargrill because it adds a great depth of flavour. We leave our kitchen open, so the delicious smells waft out and get your mouth watering while you wait for your food to arrive,” says Manager Clara Hoang.
Depending on what time you visit, you’ll either get a whiff of strong coffee or a hint of red wine. The drinks menu is just as well curated as the food menu, with a cocktail list that had us drooling (hellooo, mango daiquiri!) and a wine list that’s been carefully matched to the food.
THE MAGIC TOUCH KOYO
Koyo welcomes everyone with open arms — and whether you’re popping in for a coffee in the AM or booking a full feast in the PM, everything your mouth touches will make your heart sing.
If Asian flavours are your jam, you’re in for a real treat! The allday menu runs from 11am until late, seven days a week, and includes plenty of little dishes so you can sample everything. The tempura green beans with whipped tofu and nori salt were demolished before we’d even sat down; and the salted daikon, mushroom and tofu dumplings with shiitake dashi and crispy garlic oil are what dreams are made of. The skewers embrace the fiery flavours of the grill, and the bigger dishes are perfect for a hearty meal.
For our fellow indecisive pals, there’s a $70 per person ‘Let us feed you’ option, so all you have to do is sit back and eat the yumminess in front of you. And if a hearty lunch is your thing, it’s time to get pumped for the ‘Bottomless lunch’ option for $39 per person, which includes a lunch dish and one-and-a-half hours of unlimited beer, bubbles, coffee or mocktails every Sunday.
Family dinners, friendly catch-ups or date nights filled with romance — it’s time to go crazy for KOYO.