Set Meal AUS $19
Japanese chef Kimitaka Azuma’s career started at the young age of 16. From his home town in Japan’s southern island Kyushu, he moved to Tokyo and established a successful career as a chef throughout Asia. In 1990 a tourist boom in Australia drew him to Sydney where he saw an opportunity to establish a restaurant unlike any other in Sydney at the time.
His first, self-named, award-winning restaurant Azuma was the first Japanese restaurant in Sydney NOT to serve the stereotypical dishes of sushi, tempura and teriyaki. But as the restaurant grew in success and was relocated to larger premises in Chifley Tower in Sydney’s central business district, those dishes were eventually allowed back onto the menu.
The success continued and thus Azuma Kushiyaki was born in 2008 as a spin-off to Azuma’s original restaurant.
Kushiyaki is the name for Japanese grilled meat and vegetables served on skewers and is part of the Japanese Izakaya experience where Japanese salaryman traditionally go after work to have a drink.
Kushiyaki Bar & Grill is the first of it’s kind in Sydney and you will find a refreshing selection of authentic and delicious grilled dishes which prove that there is more to Japanese cuisine than just raw fish. But if you prefer to stick to something more classic, as I did on my lunchtime visit, then the set menu with a selection of sushi, teriyaki chicken, tempura will delight you.
The service is exceptionally quick, the food fabulously fresh and delicious and the prices very reasonable. There is a separate menu for lunch time and dinner which you can check on their website.
Having grown up eating at most of Sydney’s Japanese establishments I can confidently say this is one of the best.
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