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Yachiyo Japanese Bistro

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by Anna Rose (subscribe)
I'm a music enthusiast and foodie looking for new places and experiences.
Published May 10th 2019
A charming Japanese bistro
Situated a stone's throw away from the bustling centre of Kings Cross, Yachiyo Japanese Bistro is a cosy Japanese dining experience with an open kitchen and a unique floor plan with capacity for only approximately 30 guests.

The menu was the main driver of our visit with interesting choices like a salmon belly skewer. Any mention of salmon belly on the menu is a surefire way to attract me.

We had a reservation at Yachiyo for 7:30pm and we found the space to be moderately occupied on a Thursday night. The tall benches closest to the open kitchen were most occupied and for good reason.

After a few minutes of standing by the door, we were noticed by the staff crowding the small kitchen area and led to our seats by the door. Surprisingly, since the bistro was located near the top of the hill, from our seats, we could take a peek at the Sydney Harbour Bridge which was an understandably adequate bonus.

We glanced through the menu and made our decisions. However, as the server came, we were advised that some of our selections were in fact sold out. I believe it would have been best if that was communicated to us earlier.

In the end, we came to order two salmon belly skewers (obviously!), yuzu carpaccio with kingfish, aburi sushi and slow cooked wagyu cheek with rice.

Given the limited staff, the food arrived in a short amount of time.
First came the salmon belly skewers. They were thicker pieces of salmon, well seasoned and smooth.

Salmon, Belly, Skewer
Salmon Belly Skewer

Then came the aburi sushi (scallops, kingfish and salmon) and this melted in my mouth. It was fantastically seared! I couldn't tell which fish I was eating but it was very well done!

The yuzu kingfish carpaccio was also delicious! They were very thinly sliced and coated in a sweet sauce with crunchy bits. It was amazing and so often, carpaccio is not as well done as this!

Yuzu, Carpaccio
Yuzu Carpaccio

The slow cooked wagyu was also a great recommendation by one of the wait staff. It was easy to pull apart and full of flavour.

Slow cooked, wagyu
Slow cooked wagyu cheek

It was an overall charming experience with delicious food. The one improvement I would suggest would be more attentive wait staff. The yuzu carpaccio and aburi sushi would be the reason for a potential future return.
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Why? Stunning Japanese cuisine in a cosy setting
When: Anytime
Where: 13 Kirketon Rd, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Cost: $30-40 per head
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