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“Uchi Lounge - a well kept secret” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Uchi Lounge

Uchi Lounge
15 Brisbane Street | Surrey Hills, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
(02) 9261 3524
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Ranked #1,859 of 5,322 Restaurants in Sydney
Cuisines: Japanese
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Sydney, Australia
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“Uchi Lounge - a well kept secret”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

So turns out Uchi Lounge is a veteran on the Sydney dining scene, but I had not heard of it until Mr T told me his restaurant choice this Tuesday evening (yes, occasionally I do allow others to make a restaurant choice).

Uchi Lounge is a modern Japanese Restaurant - Izakaya - Sake & Shochu Bar (try saying that after a few Shochus), located on a steep backstreet off Oxford Street in Surry Hills. So, you may understand why for most, it remains a well kept secret. It's the kind of place you need to know about, as you're unlikely to just walk by.

It's a two story restaurant, with a large stone communal dining table downstairs and an upstairs restaurant with individual tables, which is not open this evening. So, Mr T and I take our place on stools at the communal dining table in the downstairs section. The decor is traditional Japanese, with minimalist design and simplicity, but it retains a cozy atmosphere. The restaurant screams, or rather whispers, 'Zen', and we settle back and soak up the chilled vibe.

Mr T turns his mind to ordering our Sakes, and we start with the warm Lemon and Honey and the warm Strawberry & Rhubarb. Both are delicious, and I have to admit, I had never tried warm Sake until now.

Renowned Chef and Owner Takashi Ohuchi has brought his distinct fusion of old and new to Uchi Lounge, which has a 'No MSG' and 'No Artificial Flavouring' policy and focuses on organic produce.

We start our food journey with the Weekdays Seasonal Teishoku Set. The Teishoku set is delicious and I'm quickly converted to a fan. Mr T takes the liberty of ordering some other dishes for us to share.

* Seared Scallops with Enoki Soy & Crispy Organic Soba
* Chargrilled Seared Tuna with Sauce of Enoki Soy & Wild Roquett
* King Prawns with Yuzu Pepper
* Medium Rare Beef Steak with Dark Miso, Chilled Wasabi Mash & Crispy Renkon
* Crispy Fried Squid with Shichimi Pepper, Mint & Coriander

The waitstaff, all Japanese (surprise, surprise), are polite, quietly spoken and attentive. As soon as I drop a chopstick on the ground, a waiter appears effortlessly with another. The food is innovative and beautifully presented, and I'm suitably impressed.

I'm glad I've been let in on on the secret of Uchi Lounge, and I can't wait to introduce a select few to the experience, but not too many, as everyone likes having their own secret. Shh...let's just keep this between us, okay?

Shannon
blog - www.urbanchicguides.com

Visited May 2012
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Dubai
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Amazing Japanese Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

Lovely little restaurant, offering wide variety of Japanese food, and saki. Serving staff very helpful providing recommendations. Options for tasters. Fabulous alternative to standard noodle bars or more busy restaurants.

Everything in Sydney seems to start/close super early, so get there earlier rather than later.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Netherlands
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Absolutely delicious Japanese food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2011

We had the set menu, together with a very special peach and lemon-grass sake - it was fantastic!
The food is very tasty and beautifully presented.
Each course was absolutely delicious, some highlights included the eggplant and the fantastic sushi (probably the best we ever ate!).
The service was wonderful and it was great to eat in such a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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deepbluesea
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Best Japanese in Sydney”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2010

Stumbled across this restaurant by accident, wow! what a find - the food is authentic with a contemporary twist (including specials every night), great selections for vego's, they have a brilliant range of Sake (including organic), Shochu and imported Japanese beer, the green tea cream and cinnamon brulee is a must, the staff are very helpful.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2007

Awesome modern Japanese cuisine.

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