Lunch Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm
Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-10pm
There are plenty of Japanese restaurants in Sydney, but not many truly evoke the feeling of dining in Tokyo in the same way as Azuma. The corporate location, sophisticated, dark-tinted interior, Japanese artworks on the walls and perhaps Sydney's best tempura more than set the scene. There's a tasting omakase menu, but it's not difficult to hand-pick winners, such as Pacific clams steamed in a generous broth of sake and quickly melting butter, or scampi that's grilled, topped with thick mayonnaise and torched. Sashimi is impeccable and clean, and other Japanese classics like grilled eggplant with sweet miso and wagyu tataki with a ponzu dressing are delicate without being timid. A full sake and shochu menu is on hand, as well as an extensive list of wines mostly from Australia and France, many served by the convenient half-bottle. It's hushed, but speedy service assures you hardly notice the lack of bustle.