Oribu

Parramatta's luxurious Japanese restaurant led by ex-Nobu chef Harry Cho stars sophisticated seafood-forward dishes.
Nishika Sharma
January 09, 2024

Overview

This lavish Japanese restaurant situated in the Heritage Lounge precinct on Church Street is pushing the envelope of elevated dining in Parramatta. Oribu blends modern techniques with a fusion of Korean and Japanese cuisine on a sophisticated menu.

Head Chef Harry Cho (ex-Nobu) has crafted a menu of precisely constructed and beautifully presented dishes that aim to challenge preconceived notions of Japanese cuisine in the suburb.

Oribu's menu highlights: scallops

For starters, opt for the popcorn prawns paired with creamy, spicy sauce and a splash of yuzu juice, the variety of Japanese-style tacos or the deluxe sashimi selection.

When deciding on mains, you're spoilt for choice. From nigiri to lamb cutlets with saikyo miso, custard crumbs and grilled cherry tomatoes, and succulent tenderloin brochettes that pair beautifully with pan-fried garlic broccolini or the saiko miso- and onion-topped crispy eggplant. It's all very well-considered from a flavour and texture perspective, and it's all very good.

Oribu's luxe omakase platter.

Round out your dining experience with a sweet treat. For a citrus hit, opt for the zingy yuzu sorbet with vanilla fairy floss or basil and lime tart, while the butterscotch bar offers a more indulgent cap to your meal.

There's also the chef's tasting menu if you're feeling indecisive or just want to give the best of the menu a spin.

Oribu has a moody ambience that sets the stage for an intimate date night or a lavish group celebration. The elegant fit-out features black interiors with flashes of greenery and a growing tree at the centre of its dining area.

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