Bay Nine Omakase

Leave the decisions to the chef at this waterfront omakase restaurant offering six, eight and 11-course menus.
James Shackell and Gary Brun
Published on July 01, 2023
Updated on September 04, 2023


Located at the Campbell's Stores waterfront precinct, Bay Nine Omakase is right at home amongst its fine-dining neighbours. But unlike its neighbours, there's no menu at Bay Nine Omakase. 'Omakase' translates loosely to "I'll leave it up to you" — and the chef you'll be leaving your dinner to is Yul Kim.

Yul Kim is a master sushi chef who brings his natural talent, dedication to creativity and passion for the dining experience to the table. 

Declan Blackall Photography

So what about the restaurant? Well, Bay Nine is a quaint dining room with just a few tables and a cosy 10-seater counter where you sit around Kim while he prepares 11 courses of high-quality Japanese food.

All you have to do is watch and eat. It's dinner and theatre, all in one. The fit-out is classic wabi-sabi minimalism: all blond timber and soft underlighting, wrapped in a heritage-listed 19th-century warehouse space.

Declan Blackall Photography

The omakase menu changes daily, depending on what's in season and what fish is available at the city's best seafood suppliers. 

To accompany your sushi — that comes seared, salted, blanched, steamed, grilled and everything in between — there's a 40-strong sake menu, including dedicated sake flights (highly recommended) and a solid range of Japanese craft spirits. If you're feeling really fancy, there's also Bay Nine's Icon Collection, which includes a $3,500 magnum of 1996 Penfolds Grange Hermitage Bin 95.

A dish and someone pouring sake at Bay Nine Omakase

Top images: Steven Woodburn and Declan Blackall Photography


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