The upstairs counterpart to the recently opened Village Kitchen drops this Thursday at Highland Park Village. VK chef Andre Natera is also running the show at Toko V, with the help of sushi chef Daniel Chau (who was formerly the head sushi chef at Steel).
Toko's sleek Asian-inspired decor is quite a departure from the blingy chandeliers and white tablecloths that once dressed the room when it was Village Marquee. The menu promises "new Asian" cuisine — some might call it "hipster Asian food" — which Natera says via press release was inspired by the time he spent working as a chef in Southern California ("a melting pot for American Asian cuisine").
The menu globe-trots from Japan (ramen, sushi) to Malaysia (laksa), with stops in China (moo shoo chicken, pork potsticker), Korea (Korean-style barbecue ribs) and Thailand (green curry soup), plus more Americanized fare like crispy Brussels sprouts with pulled chicken and hoisin sauce. Barman Andrew Lotstetter, who's done time behind the bar at Neighborhood Services Tavern, Fireside Pies, and most recently Marquee Bar, is heading up the craft cocktail program.
Toko V will be open for dinner only; scope out a preliminary copy of the menu below.
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