ICYMI we love Asian food and Sydney is home to some fresh, new additions to the Asian food scene. Our fair city lays claim to some brill new restaurants dishing up hot n’ spicy flavours guaranteed to fill you iCal with tasty options every night of the week.
Here are the latest Asian restaurants to add to your ever-growing Sydney restaurant bucket list.
When one of Japan and Hong Kong’s most iconic restaurants strolls on into Sydney town, we can’t help but get a lil’ bit excited. Their burnt miso ramen is what your life has been missing (trust us) and if you haven’t yet set a new year’s resolution, hitting up Gogyo is your 2018 goal.
Newby Fujisaki arrived in Barangaroo late last year and ain’t nobody complaining. Only local produce from Australia and our neighbours in New Zealand is used, so your Japanese dishes are coming to you fresher than fresh. With plenty of nigiri, lamb rump and salted duck, Fijusaki is utter bliss for those in love with great Japanese food.
The question on everyone’s mind was if Chin Chin would live up to the uber high expectations of its Melbourne O.G restaurant. Short answer—it bloody does. After dining at Chin Chin you’ll probably never order pad thai take away again, because twice-cooked beef rib with coconut salad and rotisserie pork belly with fennel plum pickle exists, and the bar for South-East Asian cuisine in Sydney has been raised.
Sooo anything Japanese is pretty cool already, but when you throw together a 90’s rock ‘n’ roll-inspired Japanese restaurant right here in Sydney, the cool factor literally rises by 107%. You’re going to want to hit up Kid Kyoto because their seasonal menu will have you hooked—think smoked salmon with wasabi pea and nori (!!) as well as sake chicken, shiitake, kombu and katsuobushi (we repeat, !!).
Momo Bar Manly
Momos are Nepalese dumplings filled with all things delish in a spicy, chilli and tomato sauce. No need to travel to Nepal because Sydney now lays claim to its very own Nepalese dumpling bar, Momo Bar Manly, dishing up delicious parcels of chicken, vegetables and happiness.
Yebisu Bar + Grill
For tapas-style Japanese dishes our go-to spot is Yebisu Bar + Grill, with grilled skewers, sashimi and hot pots ready to get the hell in your belly. If you’re serious about Japanese food, your weekend plans need to include a feed here, and a cheeky taste of their Japanese brews on tap.
Stanton & Co
Stanton & Co isn’t your typical Asian restaurant, combining Japanese and Aussie cuisines into a magical mix of complete deliciousness with menu items like miso lamb belly with broccoli konbu vinegar (case and point). Our picks would be the tempura kale chips with avo, and the cheese onion gyoza with mustard vinegar, so do yourself a favour and check out this beautiful joint ASAP.
Poke bowls were huge in 2017, and we’re convinced they’re sticking around for a while (cheering). North Sydney recently welcomed groovy little hole in the wall Nudefish, with its boat to bowl ethos, meaning all seafood is sourced sustainably from New Zealand and Australia. Looking for lunch plans that tick all the boxes of healthy, tasty and pretty damn cheap? Nudefish is your new bestie.
All time fave restaurant China Doll has a good looking little sister, introducing China Diner. Seating 200 hungry bellies, forget your responsibilities and start sippin’ on cocktails and downing those dumplings.
For all those times when only some Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese and Korean-inspired food will do, Paper Bird in Potts Point is the place to go. Not many Asian restaurants can claim they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, making Paper Bird a stand out in the Asian restaurant scene.
The line out the door on Enmore road is proof that these simple yet damn tasty dumplings are some of the best in Sydney. These delicious pockets of flavour and dough come fried, steamed or boiled, difficult decision we know. With handmade noodles and dumplings, your next feed will leave you approximately 4KG heavier but a whole lot happier.
We seriously never get sick of the newest and hottest Japanese joints popping up all over Sydney, so when Motto Motto opened its doors recently, we let out a squeal (or two). With build your own bento boxes, poke and green tea soft serve, your lunch is totally sorted.
Now, how about some wine?
Image credit: Caitlin Hicks | Tokyo Gogyo