Sydney seems to have an unyielding love affair with Japanese food, with a sushi train on every corner and slapdash ramen chains continually setting up shop. But those who know food, and seek out something a tad more authentic, can generally be spotted at one of the original and, might we add, best Japanese restaurants in Sydney. In case you haven’t guessed it, we’re talking about Sydney restaurant, Raw Bar.
Nestled back from the beach at Bondi, Raw Bar is a sleek and sophisticated Sydney Japanese eatery that has become a local institution since opening its doors in 1995 (when most of you Listers were probably just starting school). Yes, Raw Bar is continually proving that newer isn’t always better.
Setting the bar for Bondi’s thriving culinary scene, head chef, Shintaro Honda has created an award-winning menu, which nods to its seaside location by placing seafood at the forefront.
To start, we order the edamame seasoned with Maldon sea salt, kingfish sashimi, and the signature tempura oysters, which go down an absolute treat even if you thought you weren’t an oyster fan.
Next up we’d recommend the inside-out spider crab roll, fried eggplant with sweet miso dressing, and Wagyu beef with teriyaki and Japanese citrus. Every dish is fresh, light and packed with bags of flavour. If you prefer a mix of hot and cold, the dinner bento box comes stacked with assorted sashimi, tempura veggies, teriyaki chicken, miso soup, and seasoned steamed rice. Delicious.
Needless to say Raw Bar continues to impress discerning diners, and is well deserving of its spot on our list of Sydney’s best Japanese restaurants. It’s a must-visit when in Bondi.
Image: Raw Bar