A Japanese pasta joint by three hospitality heavyweights.
August 27, 2019
What happens when Kerby Craig — of Bar Ume and Ume Burger fame — teams up with the duo behind Barangaroo's vermouth bar Banksii? They open a Japanese pasta shop. While not an obvious concept, it's an extremely tasty one, making Darling Square's Pasta Wafu a go-to at lunch or dinnertime. It's also good for a pre-gig feed, with the ICC Sydney just around the corner.
The stars of the menu are five umami-packed pastas, featuring dishes with miso bolognese, nori, soy butter and shiso. But, if you're a fan of fungi, the kinoko spaghetti is a must. Translated as 'mushroom' spaghetti, it's a pretty apt description of the dish, which has miso mushrooms, shoyu butter and shio koji (a salty fermented seasoning). It's suggested you add an onsen egg to this, which we also recommend you do.
For sides, opt for karaage chicken, Hokkaido-style potato croquettes and Japanese pickles, among other small snacks. If you're after something sweet, you can get the only dessert on the menu: a tiramisu mochi, which is as Italian as it is Japanese.
Pasta Wafu is licensed, with beer, wine, umeshu and a selection of sake on the menu.