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FOOD & DRINK

The Best Japanese Restaurants in Sydney

Where the old masters of the classics meet a new wave of smart Asian fusion.
By Concrete Playground
June 29, 2020
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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
June 29, 2020
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  • Food & Drink

    Gram Cafe & Pancakes

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

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    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

    Koku Culture

    This Ashfield cafe and miso shop serves up Japanese brunches and fluffy matcha pancakes.

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    Kuro

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

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    Kurumac

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

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    Isabel

    Head to this Bondi izakaya for skewers of baby octopus and wagyu and cocktails made with finger lime, pickled cabbage and burnt miso.

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    Chaco Bar

    All ramen, all the time.

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    Gyusha

    A Japanese-style barbecue restaurant where you grill your own high-quality wagyu.

  • Food & Drink

    Dopa Don and Milk Bar

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

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    Gojima

    Sushi burgers and green tea thickshakes inside Market City.

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    Toko

    A go-to for great Japanese in Surry Hills.

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    Ichi-ban Boshi

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

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    RaRa

    Redfern's 28-seater neighbourhood ramen joint.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Gaku Robata Grill

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

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    Ippudo Sydney

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

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    Gogyo

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

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    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.

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    Sasaki

    Some of Sydney's best Japanese fare is being served out of this hole-in-the-wall behind a police station.

  • Food & Drink

    Ramen Goku

    Sydney's beloved ramen joint comes to Glebe.

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    Cafe Kentaro

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

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    Ramen Zundo

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

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    Ume Burger

    Japanese burgers and a soft serve machine by the water.

  • Food & Drink

    Kobe Jones Sydney

    Waterside Japanese dining in the CBD.

  • Food & Drink

    Zushi Barangaroo

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

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    Osaka Trading Co.

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

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Ume

    Bourke Street's Ume has gone casual with burgers and a sizeable whisky and sake selection.

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    Rising Sun Workshop

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

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    Yakitori Yurippi

    Crows Nest's tiny six-table yakitori joint.

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    Sushi on Stanley

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

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    Sunset Sabi

    Watch the sun go down with some killer sushi rolls.

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    Mamasan

    Dine in your own private opium den

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    Yayoi Garden

    Finish off a Japanese feast with a matcha affogato at Yayoi's new incarnation.

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    Sushi Jones Japanese Bistro

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

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    Rice Workshop

    There's real freshness in both the produce and the approach to contemporary Japanese here.

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    Tokyo Bird

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

  • 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.

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    Cho Cho San

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

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    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, the Star's Japanese child, does elegance extraordinarily well.

  • Food & Drink

    Gumshara

    A Haymarket stable for 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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