We are big Japanese food lovers, here at The Urban List, which explains our ongoing obsession with hunting down the best Japanese in Sydney. Sashimi, sushi, kushiyaki, hibachi… all words that are guaranteed to get our appetites going, and we won't rest until we've brought you the best. We're good like that.
You can imagine our delight, then, when we found a Japanese restaurant in Sydney that doubles as a craft beer bar (sushi and beer, guys! Is there anything better?). Biru Biru, in Darlinghurst, ticks a lot of boxes. It's got Japanese craft beer, an excellent Izakaya menu, and a casual, unpretentious atmosphere that we love.
It would be easy to walk past the Darlinghurst dining spot, as Biru Biru is slightly tucked away on Victoria Street and would be easy to miss. Gelato Messina (not sure if you've heard of it?) is right next door, though, so we're guessing they get a bit of foot traffic.
The menu is split into sections, depending on how you're feeling. There are Biru Bites for those that want to taste a few smaller dishes, and Biru Big Bites for the hungrier guest. We had both upon our visit (of course) and were very impressed.
The sashimi was fresh and delicious, and the soft shell crab was crunchy and tasty, and accompanied by an excellent Ponzu dipping sauce, just the way we like it. We also had the Wagyu steak tataki, which is charcoal-grilled and served with an apple and nashi pear sauce, PLUS some braised pork belly, which was perfectly matched with a bit of chili, vegetables, and some crispy leeks. We were full, but happy—Biru Biru definitely deserves its spot on our list of the best Japanese restaurants in Sydney.
The drinks were equally impressive (we sampled several of the Japanese craft beers for, y'know, research) and the staff were knowledgeable about the different varieties, which is what you want when you're trying something new. There is also a range of Sake, as well as regular wine and beer (and cocktails!) for those so inclined.
We'll be heading back soon to taste some more of the menu (and drink some more beers) because letting things like Japanese Popcorn Chicken and Agedashi tofu go untasted would be criminal.
If you haven't been, do yourself a favour—Biru Biru is open 7 days!
Image credit: Biru Biru