Fri-Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10pm
Dinner Mon-Thu 5.30pm-10.30pm
The words "charcoal chicken, sesame yoghurt" don't really scream izakaya, but this is Cho Cho San, that charcoal is binchotan and the chicken in question - flesh juicy, skin crackled - is rounded out with pickled ginger and splashes of soy. Sit at the concrete bar with a mix of inner-city types and locals, a glass of sake in one hand, tempura miso-eggplant sticks in the other and a king crab omelette with Japanese curry standing by, and it all starts to feel very Aoyama. This is Potts Point, though, so the omelette, with a modest drizzle of sauce and crisp edges, is neatly made for sharing and blond wood tables, and the kingfish collars, glazed liberally with teriyaki, come with a warning (and hand towels for the mess). A white-leaning wine list backs up the Japanese beer-whisky-sake triumvirate. Fast and friendly, smooth and stylish, Cho Cho San is in a fine groove, at its best shared around with plenty of drinks. Matcha soft-serve optional.