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Published November 16th 2019
Chippendale's new yakiniku restaurant
In a city full of never-ending choices for where to eat, Gyusha is the newest Japanese yakiniku restaurant and retail meat shop in Chippendale, Sydney. The concept focus is of course on its namesake 'yakiniku'. For those unaware, yakiniku (焼き肉) translates directly to grilled meat in Japanese.

Photo credit: Gyusha


The restaurant is located close to the hub of Central Park. The ambience is spacious and inviting; this is the sort of place where locals and visitors feel right at home. Owners, Jon and Angie Choi, wanted to bring 'paddock to plate' concept to the Sydney restaurant.



Gyūsha brings high-quality wagyu beef direct from the local Dubbo family farm for customers to choose and grill themselves at their BBQ table or to take home to cook. Here at Gyūsha, you have the total control and select your cut of wagyu meat!



In addition to the family produced wagyu beef, there is also a selection of wagyu beef from other Australian producers to showcase the differences in the meat's marbling, texture and flavour.



Inspired by the whole animal approach, Gyūsha hopes to broaden customer choice selection beyond prime cuts. If you want to try wagyu beef direct from Japan, it is also available at Gyūsha.



While the fun is in grilling the individual prime cuts yourself, the menu has expanded to offer a delicious range of sushi and hand rolls, as well as Japanese "shabu- shabu" hotpot.



This new restaurant intends to be comfortable and less formal. However, we were very impressed with the low-key elegance that usually is associated with fine-dining. We were warmly greeted by the restaurant manager who was dressed in an impeccable uniform.

Chilled self-serve beverage selections


It was a warm night, so we started our dinner with some summer cocktails. My Japanese friend ordered a Shiso Smash cocktail and she absolutely enjoyed it. Sakurao gin is one of the newest gins from Japan, made from 9 carefully selected botanicals from Hiroshima, with a heavy base of citrus fruits.

GYUSHA NEGRONI $18 (SAKURAO GIN, CAMPARI, VERMOUTH, ORANGE)


I ordered a Gyusha Negroni and it was the ultimate balance of summer spirit. The sweet and bitter taste from the Sakurao Gin stimulated all senses and quenched all thirst.

Appetiser - Vichyssoise


A chilled creamy potato and bacon soup arrived soon after.
The cold, classic French vichyssoise is the perfect hot-weather soup.

Entree - Omakase Sushi Platter


Next, we received a stunning sushi platter as an entree. It featured all the popular sushi dishes such as oysters, kingfish sashimi, salmon sashimi and sea urchin rolls. My eyes immediately lit up when I saw the platter.



Fresh oyster in a citrus Japanese dressing topped with caviar


The seafood tasted very fresh and the chef had taken particular care with the knife skills to deliver the perfect sashimi platter. In particular, the kingfish and salmon sashimi tasted soft, rich and tender. Highly recommended.

Grilled John Dory with Cauliflower


We also tried a second entree which was the grilled John Dory fillet with cauliflower. My default position on seafood is to do as little to it as possible, and I was pleased to see Gyusha follows that philosophy. The John Dory fillets were lightly grilled to retain its natural taste. The cauliflower complemented the flavour nicely.

Main - Omakase Wagyu Beef Platter


For the main event, the kitchen delivered an impressive BBQ platter to our table. On this particular platter, the chef has assembled wagyu outside skirt, wagyu beef tongue, wagyu sirloin, a stunning marbled scotch fillet steak and some rib fingers.

Wagyu beef tongue - thick cut


My Japanese friend was super keen on the premium grade wagyu beef tongue. They were thickly sliced to add texture and my friend expertly seared the tongue quickly on the grill then dipped it lightly in the yuzu soy sauce for the optimal taste sensation. She was in her element!



Next, we cooked the wagyu sirloin, outside skirt and the rib fingers together. These were highly marbled beef cubes and they were really tasty, tender and literally melt-in-our mouth. We also wrapped the grilled beef in a lettuce leaf and dipped it in a sesame sauce for a different taste sensation.



We noted all the wagyu beef were not heavily flavoured with marinade sauce like other Japanese BBQ restaurants, so we could really taste the freshness and quality of the cut.



Our favourite of the night was a gorgeous wagyu scotch beef steak. We were informed this piece of steak has a wagyu scoring of 9 plus, which is rare in Australia. The intricate rivulets of marbling had us there. The steak had an evenly distributed marbling throughout which turned into a crispy outer char on the grill. It was the perfect balance of fat to meat ratio and cooked quickly on the grill.



With this premium quality of meat, you should only cook the beef briefly on the BBQ mesh. I watched in awe when my friend quickly seared the steak and enjoyed it in pure happiness. We only used lemon and salt to season this fine piece of meat and it was juicy and melt-in-our mouth with every bite.

The smell was absolutely intoxicating and the sizzling sound was delightful to our ears. I could see similar happy expressions from other diners as well. With a refreshing summer cocktail in my hand, this was a pure summer bliss.



We finished the meal on a high with two beautiful desserts - yuzu sorbet with chocolate soil and green tea ice cream with custard. Both were refreshing and just perfect for this warm summer night.



We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Gyusha. Gyusha's treatment of each piece of meat with the utmost respect, like you would expect from Japanese masters. There is very little pre-processing and artificial flavours - rather what you will get is the true natural taste.

For all meat lovers, Gyusha just launched an All You Can Eat
Wagyu beef, Sushi Seafood Buffet
. Customers can receive 10% off the buffet price between 15 November - 30 November 2019.
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Why? Premium Japanese Yakiniku BBQ in Chippendale
When: Mon-Fri 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Sat -Sun 5:30 - 11pm
Phone: (02) 8317 4874
Website: gyusha.com.au
Where: Shop 7/6 Central Park Ave, Chippendale NSW 2008
Cost: Average $30 per person; All you can eat buffet $78 per person
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