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11° & RAINY ON TUESDAY 25 JUNE IN SYDNEY
By Jonathan Ford
March 23, 2019
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Sash

Surry Hills' Japanese pizza and taco joint.
By Jonathan Ford
March 23, 2019
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Originally from Melbourne, the second outpost of Sash has embraced the concept of fusion cuisine. It marries Japanese flavours with familiar dishes from other countries. Think pizza, tacos and sliders dished up with a Japanese twist.

Sash's best-known, and most popular, dish is its pizza. With ingredients like tuna tataki, twice-cooked pork belly, strawberries and tonkatsu, the menu enters a territory that no other pizzeria has considered.

As well as the unusual combination of flavours, texture is also an important part of the pizzas. "The experience starts with a slightly crunchy, thin base, balanced by textures of soft fish and wasabi mayo. There's also a contrast in temperature. The pizza has a hot base topped with cold fish," explains co-owner Kyle Stagoll. "Even though the combination of sashimi and fruit in poke bowls is now common in Sydney, the way we do our pizzas provides a much richer flavour and totally different experience."

Other dishes on the menu, created by Executive Chef Peter Wu, include charcoal bao filled with crisp-fried prawns, sushi nachos and tacos topped with wagyu beef or miso eggplant. Some less left-of-centre items also feature, including kingfish sashimi and a lineup of hand-rolled sushi. If you'd like to stick to pizza, though, you can also have one for dessert — in the form of an apple crumble version with sweet miso and white chocolate and raspberry ice cream.

Drinks are also a big part of this big venue, which spreads itself across two neon-lit levels on Wentworth Street. Fifteen signature cocktails are available, designed by bartender Kyle Rose (Chin Chin), and feature almost as many Japanese flavours as the food. Think lots of yuzu and sake, as well as spritzes and shots (the latter for those wanting a larger-than-average night).

If you are wanting to linger over drinks, it's suggested you settle yourself into a leather booth in the bar area, while those wanting to eat can perch themselves at wooden tables in the restaurant. Either way, you should be able to nab a spot — the venue has a 160-person capacity, and is open every night of the week.

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