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Saké
Japanese
  • 12 Argyle St,
    The Rocks,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9259 5656,
    sakerestaurant.com.au
  • Lunch Mon-Sun noon-3pm

    Dinner Mon-Sat 5.30pm-11.30pm, Sun 5pm-10pm

Saké
-33.858972,151.20764

A spacious, dark-timbered room in a heritage-listed building is the setting for Shaun Presland's modern Japanese food. Post-Nobu touches abound: sashimi tacos with crisp shells offer crunch to counter the rich, briny fish, say, or wagyu new-style, barely seared paper-thin slices of buttery beef, offset with yuzu soy. Main courses may include buta no kakuni - pork belly braised for 12 hours to fall-apart richness, with chunks of just-tender daikon steeped in savoury juices. Or there's gindara saikyo-yaki - a lovely piece of smooth-textured silver cod, marinated in miso then caramelised for a deep umami hit. Desserts include a melting little chocolate pudding with a caramel centre subtly flavoured with miso. Quibbles? Dishes are designed to share, but portions are small so the bill can mount quickly, and service can be uneven. There's consolation in the drinks list, though, which contains plenty of exclusively imported sake.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $9-$34

    M $20-$39

    D $15

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Shaun Presland

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