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The Best Japanese Restaurants in Sydney

Where the old masters of the classics meet a new wave of smart Asian fusion.
By Concrete Playground
October 06, 2022
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By Concrete Playground
October 06, 2022
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  • Food & Drink

    Toko Restaurant

    A go-to for great Japanese is now in a sleek new subterranean home on George Street with much to love.

  • Food & Drink

    KOI Dessert Bar

    Reynold Poernomo's "dream venue" contains a classic dessert bar, a cocktail bar and an intimate 12-seat restaurant dedicated to ten-course degustations.

  • Food & Drink

    Kazan Dining

    This sleek Japanese fine diner above the Theatre Royal features a contemporary menu with subtle nods to Nikkei cuisine.

  • Food & Drink

    Tsuki Yo Darling Square

    Find golden-brown takoyaki balls and fish-shaped taiyaki waffles at this neon-lit eatery.

  • Food & Drink

    Mashi No Mashi

    This wagyu ramen restaurant in The Star sources its beef from Japan's top 20 beef farmers and brews its ramen for 24 hours in Ozaki beef bone stock.

  • Food & Drink

    Senpai Ramen

    Chase Kojima's Chatswood omakase restaurant offers one option for dinner: a ramen-heavy seven-course set menu.

  • Food & Drink

    Bones Ramen

    Choose from four bowls of ramen at this tiny 20-seat ramen bar tucked away down Bayswater Road.

  • Food & Drink

    Besuto

    This tiny 12-seat Japanese restaurant serves up 18-course omakase menus across three sittings per day.

  • Food & Drink

    Bay Nine Omakase

    Leave the decisions to the chef at this waterfront omakase restaurant offering six, eight and 11-course menus.

  • Food & Drink

    Tokyo Bird

    Tokyo Bird is ruling the roost with a focus on hot-right-now Japanese whisky and yakitori sticks.

  • Food & Drink

    Gram Cafe & Pancakes The Galeries

    Gram Cafe has brought its signature soufflé pancakes to the CBD with a new 80-seat flagship store.

  • Food & Drink

    Yuzu Restaurant

    This hidden-away eatery is well worth seeking out.

  • Food & Drink

    Chaco Bar

    A new yakitori joint in Potts Point from the team behind Sydney's favourite ramen.

  • Food & Drink

    Okami Marrickville

    All-you-can-eat Japanese feasts for less than $35 a head.

  • Food & Drink

    Sekka Dining

    An izakaya on the lower north shore from one of Sydney's best ramen chefs.

  • Food & Drink

    Gram Cafe & Pancakes

    Try fluffy soufflé pancakes at the Chatswood outpost of this Japanese cult-favourite.

  • Food & Drink

    Nakano Darling

    This Haymarket izakaya serves up highballs and free karaage chicken during happy hour.

  • Food & Drink

    Nikkei Bar & Restaurant

    The Tokyo Bird team is serving up a Japanese-Peruvian menu at its newest Surry Hills restaurant.

  • Food & Drink

    Tokki

    This Surry Hills izakaya combines Korean and Japanese flavours with minimal-intervention Aussie wines.

  • Food & Drink

    Kuro

    A Japanese cafe, bar and restaurant inside a historic CBD sandstone building.

  • Food & Drink

    Kurumac

    A Marrickville cafe selling Japanese comfort food for breakfast and lunch.

  • Food & Drink

    Chaco Ramen

    All ramen, all the time at this Darlinghurst favourite.

  • Food & Drink

    Dopa Don and Milk Bar

    A Japanese take on the classic Aussie milk bar by the Devon team.

  • Food & Drink

    Gojima

    Sushi burgers and green tea thickshakes inside Market City.

  • Food & Drink

    Ichi-ban Boshi

    It's worth braving the long lunchtime lines for great ramen at this CBD restaurant.

  • Food & Drink

    RaRa

    Redfern's 28-seater neighbourhood ramen joint.

  • Food & Drink

    Sake Restaurant and Bar Manly

    A breezy indoor-outdoor Japanese diner with views out over Manly Cove.

  • Food & Drink

    Sandoitchi Cafe

    Single O coffee and untraditional, tasty katsu sandos in Darlinghurst.

  • Food & Drink

    Edition Haymarket

    Pair quality cuppas with innovative, Japanese-inspired brekkies at this inner city cafe.

  • Food & Drink

    Busshari

    An unassuming Potts Point eatery serving up some of the city's best Japanese.

  • Food & Drink

    Gaku Robata Grill

    A ramen joint by day, an innovative izakaya by night.

  • Food & Drink

    Ippudo Sydney

    In a city not short on a bowl of ramen, this soupy joint stands out from the crowd.

  • Food & Drink

    Gogyo

    The chain's famed burnt ramen has arrived in Surry Hills.

  • Food & Drink

    Kid Kyoto

    A neon-lit izakaya den inspired by 90s alternative rock.

  • Food & Drink

    Spice Alley

    A not-so-secret, hidden alley of Asian culinary delights.

  • Food & Drink

    Ramen Goku

    Sydney's beloved ramen joint comes to Glebe.

  • Food & Drink

    Cafe Kentaro

    Bourke Street's Japanese-influenced brunch spot from the team behind Oratnek.

  • Food & Drink

    Ramen Zundo

    Tsukemen ramen is the order of the day at this CBD eatery.

  • Food & Drink

    Ume Burger

    Japanese burgers and a soft serve machine by the water.

  • Food & Drink

    Zushi Barangaroo

    The Sydney sushi masters' third offering brings their acclaimed offering to Barangaroo.

  • Food & Drink

    Osaka Trading Co.

    From sake and chicken karaage to whisky and edamame, this izakaya has all your Japanese cravings covered.

  • Food & Drink

    Rising Sun Workshop

    A ramen cafe and bike shop run by ramen-loving bikers.

  • Food & Drink

    Yakitori Yurippi

    Crows Nest's tiny six-table yakitori joint.

  • Food & Drink

    Sushi on Stanley

    This well-priced Japanese joint has stood the test of time.

  • Food & Drink

    Sunset Sabi

    Watch the sun go down with some killer sushi rolls.

  • Food & Drink

    Mamasan

    A tempting fusion of Taiwanese street food and Japanese deliciousness.

  • Food & Drink

    Sushi Jones Japanese Bistro

    An affordable, unassuming Japanese eatery that will become your new go-to.

  • Food & Drink

    Ippudo

    Are you a hopeless ramen-tic? Find comforting bowls of bone broth at this popular ramen chain.

  • Food & Drink

    Ryo's Noodles

    One of Sydney's best bowls of ramen is hidden away in Crows Nest.

  • Food & Drink

    Cho Cho San

    In a minimalist, well-designed setting, you’ll enjoy Japanese cuisine in a reimagined izakaya style.

  • Food & Drink

    Tetsuya's

    Sure you might’ve been able to fly to Melbourne and back (twice), but dining at Tetsuya’s is an occasion that is slightly more palpable.

  • Food & Drink

    Sake

    Home to some of Sydney's greatest sushi chefs.

  • Food & Drink

    Sokyo

    Sokyo does elegance extraordinarily well.

  • Food & Drink

    Gumshara

    This Haymarket stable is famed for its rich, gravy-like tonkotsu ramen.

  • Food & Drink

    Zushi

    Sushi as it should be, and so much more.

  • Food & Drink

    Sushi e

    The multi-award winning Merivale establishment that will make your local sushi train feel like child's play.

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