Restaurant Reviews

Azuma: Restaurant review

Address

Level 1, Chifley Plaza
2 Chifley Sq
Sydney, NSW

Hours

Lunch Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm
Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-10pm

Prices

E $15-$30
M $25-$48
D $15
Dégustation $110

REVIEW

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.  
Phone:
(02) 9222 9960
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef(s):
Kimataka Azuma
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.