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Published May 3rd 2021
Enjoy Japanese by the sea
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Dee Why Beach is one of my favourite destinations on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Not only is it great for families and sought after by surfers, it's also well known for its fabulous restaurant and cafe strip.

Dee Why Beach
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Late last year, the popular Deck Bar, situated on The Strand at Dee Why Beach, closed. The space was revamped and reopened as Deck 23. New owner and Head Chef Jiro Numata has created an authentic modern Japanese menu, where his preparation, using seasonal fresh ingredients, and presentation are as important as the flavours.

Deck 23, Japanese Restaurant Dee Why Beach
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I really love the simplicity and freshness of Japanese cuisine and this is often my food choice when dining out. I also had chosen Deck 23 as I had heard from friends it was relatively new and served excellent quality Japanese food. The bonus was the restaurant and bar overlook beautiful Dee Why Beach.

Deck 23, Japanese Restaurant Dee Why Beach
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Our table was located on the balcony overlooking the ocean and the waiter was friendly and efficient. We decided the best way to try out the food was to select the $50 tasting menu, which consisted of 10 delicious courses.

First up was warm salted edamame beans. These are perfect to spike your appetite while chatting over a cocktail or beer.

Deck 23, Japanese Restaurant Dee Why Beach
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Kingfish Capaccio. This dish was presented beautifully. The kingfish sashimi was so delicate and flavoursome.

Deck 23, Japanese Restaurant, Dee Why Beach
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Crackling Cocktail. A colourful presentation served in a cocktail glass surrounded by prawn crackers. Each mouthful created an exquisite taste and texture sensation. The tiny fish roe eggs popped in my mouth, oozing hits of delicious salty flavour over chunks of tuna and crunchy prawn cracker. This dish was so good!

Deck 23, Japanese Restaurant, Dee Why Beach
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Deck 23, Japanese Restaurant, Dee Why Beach
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Grilled Scallops. These scallops were cooked perfectly. Each scallop was delightfully plump and buttery. The sauce was deliciously subtle and sweet and I just adored the topping of crunchy fish skin.

Deck 23, Japanese Restaurant, Dee Why Beach
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Cauliflower Tempura with Truffle oil. Cauliflower has become even more popular in recent years for its low-calorie content and great health benefits and even as an alternative to rice. This vegetable dish using tempura batter and a hint of truffle oil was surprisingly tasty and filling.

Deck 23, Japanese Restaurant, Dee Why Beach
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Duck Crepe. This dish was delicate and simple. We each rolled our own crepe with a few succulent pieces of duck and fresh ingredients inside, topped with sauce. Delicious!

Deck 23, Japanese Restaurant, Dee Why Beach
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Popcorn Prawn Roll & Aburi Salmon roll. This dish was almost too pretty to eat. Beautiful presentation and each slice of the roll had so much flavour from the mix of different ingredients and textures.

Deck 23, Japanese Restaurant, Dee Why Beach
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Deck 23, Japanese Restaurant, Dee Why Beach
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Grade 10 Wagyu Beef Steak

Deck 23, Japanese Restaurant, Dee Why Beach
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By this stage of the menu, we felt our waists start to tighten. When you order Japanese food, you might think you won't get enough food. Let me assure you that the tasting menu is plentiful and filling!

The high-grade of Wagyu had been cooked just right. Each piece was a thick juicy pillow of delicious rich buttery meat. In fact, we realised it was easier to bite small pieces of the meat and savour each tasty morsel.

Deck 23, Japanese Restaurant, Dee Why Beach
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The dessert was ice cream. This was just what we needed after enjoying the variety of tantalising flavours and textures. We chose vanilla and lime ice cream. I have to say my choice of lime was the winner.

Deck 23, Japanese Restaurant, Dee Why Beach
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Zeppin! (絶品).

Deck 23 had lived up to its reputation as a really enjoyable experience and the food was so delicious and beautifully presented. I highly recommend Deck 23 if you love Japanese cuisine and the bonus of a stunning ocean view. It's also good to remember this venue as a great choice for a celebration or special event. Check out their website for more details.

Dee Why Beach
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Why? Delicious Japanese and Seaviews
When: Open 6 days a week, closed Mondays (See website)
Phone: 02 7228 9033
Where: 2/23 The Strand, Dee Why
Cost: $15-$50 without drinks
Your Comment
I found this was a great read - I think it would be useful for local customers as well as those who find Japanese food interesting.
by T. A. Rose (score: 2|341) 47 days ago
A beautiful location for such fresh and delicious delights
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|2739) 47 days ago
Beautiful photography! I really enjoyed reading about what was photographed too. Inspiring! Thank you!
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