Modelled on the izakaya bars in Japan, Kid Kyoto is a relaxed, after work bar and restaurant, with an inconspicuous laneway entrance and grungy vibe. It has a neo-industrial interior with bare concrete walls, bright red exposed pipes along the ceiling, earthy colours and subdued lighting. You can sit and eat at either of the […]
Everything about Kuki Tanuki is cool. From the wall murals to the partially open kitchen, the restaurant is about both the experience and the food. Their sake is unmatched and delicious options fill the menu. Terikayi, Sukiyaki, Wagyu Beef, Gyoza. They have it all. Each dish has a suggested drink companion. Their sushi menu provides […]
Situated in an unassuming alley of World Square, at first glance, Miso is a no-nonsense Japanese restaurant that specialises in teishoku (set meal) dining. But when their tonkatsu hits the table, one understands why there is always a small crowd milling around outside – breaded, crumbed and deep fried, the tenderness of the pork fillet […]
If you find yourself with an appetite and only five dollars in your pocket, head over to Oiden for a Japanese rice bowl. Filling and cheap with a plethora of toppings to choose from, Oiden offers quite the spread for your rice cravings starting from just $3.90. From Japanese curry with cheese; flaked salmon and […]
The words ‘sushi train’ don’t always fill me with the greatest of confidence. Too often I’ve been burned with boring, lack-lustre offerings. The first clue that this Newtown stalwart (opened in 2004) is different, is a glass cabinet featuring beautiful batons of sashimi-grade fish.
When I want to drink Japanese whisky I head to Tokyo Bird. And this Surry Hills small bar is making it hard not to want to drink whisky on Tuesday 22 December with their inaugural Christmas Whisky Dinner ($135/person).
There is a wonderful elegance to the brand new Yayoi Teishoku Japanese Restaurant, and it’s all about balance. Light wood panels divide up the space, surrounded by floor to ceiling windows, with iPads on every table.
A woman walks into a bar, and two minutes later, she’s got her favourite Japanese beer in a can – Yona Yona Pale Ale ($11) - in hand, watching B-grade film clips, while casually eyeing off a diverse crowd venturing behind back-lit rice paper screens.
A new Japanese bakery has opened up in Enmore called Bake Kobo; however you’re forgiven if bread isn’t something you immediately associate with Japanese culture. “I heard it happened – the flour-culture – after the war,” says owner Kunihisa Sato, “Americans wanted to sell their products.”
Busshari staff are particularly proud of their Soft Shell Crab Karaage ($18) making it into the Daily Telegraph’s list of the top hundred Sydney dishes last year. For good reason, too, it’s dry and intensely savoury. It’s perfect against Kubota Manju ($33/180ml); dubbed ‘10,000 Ostentatiousness’ it’s the star of their impressive sake list.