Surry Hill's Devonshire Street is a demographically paradoxical suburb: premium location full of expensive terrace houses, mixed with blocks of government housing. In the fold are a handful of hip cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants that makes Surry Hills one of Sydney's trendiest hotbeds.
One standout along this street is Jazushi - modern Japanese enlivened by nightly jazz performances.
With a myriad of Japanese restaurants in Sydney, the freshness and handy craft of sushi and sashimi will distinguish a good Japanese restaurant. Otherwise, going to a sushi kiosk, and buying a California roll for a way less price is as equally satisfying.
A good Japanese restaurant will step up its game in the sushi and sashimi stake and Jazushi does so, but the live music differentiates the restaurant atmospherically, therefore it's always a treat to see what will be playing on the nights we dine there.
The green tea noodle salad is as refreshing and light as salads come despite the earthiness of the green tea noodles lathered in a tangy soy onion dressing. Undoing the salad's healthiness factor was the next entrée served: camembert tempura with a crème teriyaki sauce. Anything deep fried tastes out of this world as good sense knows, but deep fried cheese accompanied by an equally awesome sauce, makes this dish worth the trip.
Green tea salad
The JFC or the Jazushi fried chicken with yuzu citrus sauce and homemade tartar is another signature element of the restaurant, and a customer favourite.
With just enough room for dessert, a serve of green tea ice cream with red beans neatly caps off the Japanese palate, and with the melodious sound of the piano in the background, dining at Jazushi will always end on a high note.