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The Best Japanese Food in Inner Sydney

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by Justine Crowley (subscribe)
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Published October 19th 2011
Rejoice (and amen) for quality Japanese food. It is always a treat when one visits Sydney to enjoy some quality Japanese food in style and finesse at some decent prices.

Please allow me to suggest a three course Japanese lunch which would be perfect for any weekend (even for a leisurely weekday) and your culinary desires will be satisfied.

For the entrée head to Makoto at 119 Liverpool Street in the City for a great start to your Asian fusion. This restaurant opens at 11:30am, and it is advisable to get there a little bit early so to score a great bar spot at the sushi bar.

People line up and wait to be served here as their food (especially the seafood varieties) is just so fresh and appetising. Without fail, I always ask for a hot green tea or just a glass of water; and the cute, friendly staff will give you top ups free of charge. Something would be wrong with you if you ever consume a supermarket brand of green tea again after drinking a cup of authentic hot green tea here. I go for a seaweed sushi dish and a set of sashimi on a plate. The lemon is great to dip into your glass of water, and the wasabi is so fresh and tangy, not out of a packet either. When I go for the sashimi, I don't settle for just the salmon. I ask for half raw salmon and half raw tuna. Delish.

Keep walking up the hill on Liverpool Street and then turn left towards Hyde Park and head into Stanley Street Darlinghurst for the main event. Personally, I love the raw fish fusion; however anything with chicken and fish at Sushi on Stanley at 85 Stanley Street is divine. For my mains I go for eight circular sushi rolls which only costs $7, and I go for a combination of raw tuna and raw salmon and avocado again. The rice is fresh and not over the top. The fish servings are extremely generous, and if you decide to take away, eat and enjoy at nearby Hyde Park. You might be lucky to watch the staff make your sushi fresh in front of your very eyes with some more fresh wasabi to clean your insides out even more. Just remember the water bottle.

Finally, dessert time without the guilt. Head back to the city, and your at Mizuya at 614 George Street. Do not eat in here. I'm not a fan of their lunches and dinners, just come here at the main bar and ask for a green tea soft serve. For $1 a pop and generous servings with the real, refreshing green tea taste, hands down I am a raving fan. Every time I am in Sydney I make the effort to have at least one of their green tea ice creams without fail. Almost heaven in a cone. 'Ooishii' - meaning 'delicious' in Japanese.
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Why? A suggested three course ideal Japanese lunch in the inner City
When: Anytime (lunch)
Where: Sydney CBD and Darlinghurst
Cost: Roughly $22 (depending on what's ordered)
Justine - I started to lose interest after reading your reference to "cute" staff. How demeaning and shallow is that? Give me helpful and efficient over cute and friendly every time.
You completely lost me when you advised "Do not eat in here". What?? Bland but damaging statement, stated like you will get the plague or something - but then you describe your dessert experience. Presumably you enjoyed the dessert by osmosis.
Finally, you neglected to mention Nazimi - best sushi in Sydney.
By rhysw - reader
Monday, 24th of October @ 01:03 am
Hello, thank you so much for your comment. The thing is everyone is different, and thus resonate with different terms and phrases in order to describe the same activity, experience, place or event. We are all different, and thus explain things differently and perhaps you do something different on a Saturday night than what I would do and where I would go to party on a Saturday night; even if we were still living in the same city. Something must have touched you deep down, otherwise you would not have commented in the first place; which is pleasing. Cute is refreshing (for some people) in a sushi train establishment such as Makoto when there is already an abundance of delicious sushi to help yourself to. Efficient, yes you want that as well; and these establishments deliver that. I am sorry that my angle lost interest, and that (deep down) hurts as a writer to get that feedback from your readers, and thankfully this is rare; yet I appreciate all feedback. When I referred to "do not eat in here" I advised that the last restaurant (Mizuya) is better for a take away green tea soft serve cone; and yes dessert enjoyed by osmosis or whatever. Reference to eating in at this establishment wasn't positive as their food is slightly undercooked; especially the chicken which can lead to food poisoning; yet this particular dessert I suggested is on the other hand awesome. Wow, Nazimi: must be a newish restaurant; where about's in Sydney is that? Will try it when I am in Sydney next on business :-) Thank you so much, you have just given me another good article idea. Cheers
By Justine Crowley - senior reviewer
Monday, 24th of October @ 03:35 am
thanks for the tip on don't eat at Mizuya - this is the kind of honest reporting I appreciate - in these days where every goddam restaurant review site is stuffed full of fake reviews - the 3 I just scanned I didn't spot a genuine review anywhere - so I'll stop bothering to read those - but yours I will - tho' the $1 green tea icecream ? hmm - I prefer the $2.15 green tea Nicecream from the Japanese store just at the rear entrance to Woolworths Town Hall - or maybe at the asian supermarket at the other end of Town Hall Station concourse which is usually just the right temperature/consistency.
By ultim - reader
Thursday, 18th of July @ 12:25 pm
I will also suggest the reader's suggestion of Nazimi is a vested interest promotion - website reviews for this seem all fake to me ...
By ultim - reader
Thursday, 18th of July @ 12:26 pm
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