We all love a good collab. It’s that two heads are better than one, greater than the sum of its parts type mentality, and when it comes to chefs, restaurant concepts and Chinese and Japanese cuisine—well, a meeting of the minds can be pretty damn exciting.
On that front, set to open next week is Chuuka, a two-level Chinese-Japanese restaurant on Jones Bay Wharf. The restaurant is a collaboration between former Sokyo chef Chase Kojima, and chef Victor Liong of Melbourne’s Lee Ho Fook. The restaurant’s name comes from chuuka cuisine, a cooking style created by Chinese migrants who shifted to Japan at the end of the 19th century. We have these brilliant souls to thank for major life-affirming delights like ramen, gyoza and fried rice.
“Chuuka is this perfect synergy and harmony between Chinese and Japanese influences,” Liong said in a statement. We’ve had a lot of fun creating the concept and designing the menu. We both have such different backgrounds, which has worked to our advantage in coming up with a truly unique offering.”
And, Chuuka is a creative collaboration in the truest sense. Kojima and Liong share a mutual respect for each other’s cooking style and have developed each menu item side by side. Expect to find classic Cantonese-style dishes, but made in a Japanese style and fused with Japanese ingredients
Housed in the wharf spot where Flying Fish once was, Chuuka is split across two sprawling levels. The ground floor features a 60-seat dining room, a wine bar and an outdoor bar with sweeping views of Sydney’s sparkly harbour. Upstairs are two more dining areas.
Add it to your list, It's all set to open as of Wednesday 3 July.
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