Restaurant Reviews

Chaco Bar: Restaurant review


238 Crown St
Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW


Lunch Wed-Sat noon-2pm
Dinner Mon 5pm-9pm, Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm


E $4-$17
M $27
D $12


Chaco Bar's hole-in-the-wall kitchen has mastered the art of bite-sized meats skewered with abacus precision and cooked with smoky flair. Opt  for the more obscure offerings from the grill - gizzard, pipes, tail and all -  to truly experience chef Keita Abe's knack for making poultry offcuts both  approachable and delicious. The place is genuinely tiny, and designed with a charming and slightly bent DIY aesthetic. Beyond the soy-dressed cabbage which accompanies the sticks, you'll want to go for the likes of the bowl of rice layered with raw scallop and brimming with briny beads of salmon roe. The clipped drinks list of whisky, sake and Japanese wine makes pairings easy. Finish off with a cleansing combination of vanilla gelato, ginger granita and green plums aged in-house in high-proof hooch before the highly efficient staff hurry you out the door to make room for the next seating. Step in at lunchtime for chicken-based ramen of note.  
(02) 9007 8352
Bookings essential
  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Keita Abe
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.