Throw out the window what you know about Asian food. These new wave Asian restaurants in Sydney are redefining Asian food, and we’re loving it. Think Asian favourites with classic spices and flavours meeting with contemporary fittings and modern twists.
With a name like Master, you’d have high expectations for this establishment. Now believe me when I tell you, they live up to it. With dishes like burnt cabbage with fish sauce butter and scallop silk with XO sauce, Master redefines Chinese food with fine dining-like qualities. Get a group together and go in on all the things—oh, and be sure to grab one of their unique wines on offer too.
Breaking away from the traditional ramen bowl, Salaryman delivers exciting and fresh combinations that’ll excite your tastebuds. While ramen is the centerpiece of Salaryman’s dining experience, their starters are treats that should not be skipped. The cha-shu pork croquettes with red miso mayo are golden and sweet and the butter poached spanner crab and potato tartlets are melt in your mouth goodie bags.
Sunrise Asian joins the list of growing establishments that deliver both dining and fine food produce in one house. With chefs from Quay, Sepia and Bennelong knocking on the door, sourcing produce for their own restaurants, you know Sunrise Asian only stocks the best. Chef Fiat Malaniyom has no formal training with his Thai-influenced cooking, but the flavours and innovation that can be found in his dishes would have you fooled.
We could never leave the Queen of Asian cuisine, Kylie Kwong off the list. Her restaurant, Billy Kwong, is a must for finer Asian dining with its organic and biodynamic ingredients, and its fine balance between East meets West. Be sure to try the stir-fried sugar snaps with king brown mushroom and zucchini flowers, and the red-braised caramelised wallaby tail with black bean and chilli. The lantern still shines bright at Billy Kwong.
Put on your best and head to Moon Park for a Korean dining experience that only they can deliver. While they bring a modern take to simply traditional Korean staples, Moon Park maintains why Korean food is simply so delicious with its corn cheese dish and their bulgogi beef burger. Pair your meal with soju or plum wine, or if you’re filling a bit fancier, there’s French wine on offer too.
Cho Cho San
Everyone loves some good old traditional Japanese fare, but Cho Cho San will make you fall in love with modern Japanese dining. Far from traditional, their menu offers miso eggplant on a stick and Japanese bolognese that notes strong chilli-bean and ginger tastes. Their extensive sake list has the perfect palate cleanser, especially before you dive into their matcha green tea soft serve.
With their pink neon lights and graffiti covered walls, Ms G’s is a definitive feature on this list. With their Hong Kong night life meets Tokyo bright lights ambience, Ms G’s puts a twist on Aussie staples like the jaffle and spring roll. Their Singaporean curry puff jaffle and cheeseburger spring rolls will make you think twice about the next time you pick up your old jaffle maker at home. Their Namira’s Dream dessert is a must try much like their abundant cocktail menu that features an aloe vera cocktail.
It’s hard to find a place that can get the peanut butter to hoisin ratio right. But let’s be real, everything on the menu at this Darlinghurst joint has our tick of approval. The rice paper rolls are overfilled and stuffed with fresh greens, vermicelli and prawns. Their banh xeo pancake is light and crispy, golden yellow in colour while the greens remain fresh amongst the prawns and roast duck. Be sure to book ahead or grab a table early so you don’t miss out and go... Phamish’d.
So.9 delivers traditional street market vendor food without the hustle and bustle of market night. Their pho is on point, and their banh mi are a mix between traditional and creative, but they’re not just good with their pho and banh mis, they’ve got banging rice paper rolls with sugarcane prawns and lemongrass beef as well as a whole host of other Vietnamese goodies. It’s not just the food we love at So.9, it’s also the light and airy space with furniture and fixtures we want to take home with us.
With rich red carpets and dark features, it’s like you’ve stepped into the scene of an old Chinese film where the old mob do their illegal tradings. But at Spice Temple, the only illegal tradings that’ll be made are the ones you make with your dining partner to score that extra piece of three shot chicken or Hunan pork rib. Neil Perry caters for all with range of dishes, flavours and level of spiciness to suit everyone, from fish drowned in heaven facing chilies and handmade egg noodles with XO. Be sure to pick up a cocktail named after your zodiac sign too!
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Image credit: Daryl Kong at Master