>> February 5, 2012
The Japanese RSL Nippon Club is the type of place that you would walk past without a second glance. Unless someone had tipped you off that it was there, I doubt you would even notice it. It is an underground restaurant on Macquarie Street in Sydney's CBD - a street that is mainly populated by Sydney CBD workers and tourists on their way to the Botanical Gardens.
Once you notice the small door leading you downstairs, you have to sign into the club as a visitor if you're not a member. After you have signed into the club and walked into the restaurant, you may feel like you've entered a time-warp back a decade or two. The floors are carpeted, the walls are papered and there is a general air of run-downess and fading about the decor. Despite this, the service is attentive and polite and the food is nothing to sneeze at.
We started off with some hot green tea to warm us up because it had been raining heavily outside (typical Sydney fashion for this summer!). The tea cups for green tea were very girly with cute little white flowers against a green background. I ordered a diet coke and was charmed to see it served in a frosty glass mug with a slice of lemon.
The menu consists of your standard Japanese fare - no modern Japanese style pizzas here. I ordered the lunch set which is good value at $25.50. For the lunch set, you pick two dishes and also receive sides of salad, miso soup and rice.
I chose to have the Teriyaki Chicken and Sashimi as my two dishes.