That put a smirk on your face huh? If you’re here, then you’re looking to sink your teeth into the Japanese food scene in Australia, or perhaps you’re craving for some delectable adventure in the heart of Sydney.
Now did you know that over 50, 000 people in Australian have Japanese ancestry? There is indeed a steady intercultural flux of people who travel between Japan and Australia due to the mutual embracing of tourist exchange coupled with steadfast economic relations.
The Japanese food for many years has fared well in Australia – as far as the realm of the '70s to be exact, where all was fine so long as you steer away from the mysterious meat in the sickly-sweet sauces and don’t get stale fortune cookies. Most Australians didn’t know any better. And if they did, they wouldn’t find it.
There were admittedly a couple of culinary delicacies that managed to slip through the scene, but the common Japanese dining experiences from the '80s and '90s only involved shots of sake, teriyaki-steak-and-three-veg, as well as ducking low-flying teppanyaki. These days, we have become lovers of all Japanese cooking styles, and we whine if a city doesn’t have one decent eatery to fill our ramen-gurgling stomachs.
Sydney is home to a plethora of excellent, long-established Japanese-run eateries and top restaurants, such as Sokyo, an inherently Japanese inspired Australian-run restaurant that is now finally enjoying the attention it deserves. There are of course others for when you seek the sleek, fun-tasting sake from Shaun Presland at the helm.
The trend has progressively grown more ominous as the Japanese food craze become obvious that diners and their palates begin to appreciate both the gentle elements of the cuisine, like sashimi, and the more pompous characters, like karaage.
Great-tasting ramen noodle shops have also begun multiplying at an alarmingly nice way, with the words ‘tonkotsu’, ‘miso’ and ‘shoyu’ entering the eating-out lexicon as we slurp away at different Japanese restaurants in the city.
Authentic Japanese dish with an Aussie twist
Want to go somewhere you can relish authentic Japanese and ones that are expertly customized for the Aussie tongue? Search no more – head to The Star for some of Australia’s finest restaurants. Purposefully located in Level G, The Darling, it’s home to Sokyo- one of Sydney’s top Japanese restaurant. Head Chef Chase Kojima and his team use the fresh local produce to create an inventive menu of sashimi, tempura and mouth-watering meats cooked over the robata grill. And with its own fusion of relaxing ambience and nonstop energy, Sokyo is an experience unlike any other
So, whether you want dining at the much-admired Momofuku Seiōbo, experiencing flawless Japanese at Sokyo, the best in modern Italian at Balla or the best Cantonese cuisine at The Century, you’ll surely find something that will excite your culinary senses. More than these, you can bite into more casual delicacies in The Star Sydney. The options are plentiful. From pub favourites to Asian favourites, lavish wood-fired pizzas to Sydney’s best buffet.
It has taken a few decades for the Japanese food scene to take root in Australia, but Aussies are sure glad it did. Now, who’s craving for some sushi!?