Yayoi Garden Japanese Restaurant, Sydney CBD, Sydney

  • Located in they Sydney CBD, this is a fancy-ish Japanese restaurant - somewhere you might want to eat for a nice evening out or for a date with your partner (note this one which I visited is the Bridge Street location 'Yayoi Garden')
  • Service is attentive but is does get busy so try to make a booking
  • Decor is classy and laid back, with the feeling of being in a Zen garden
  • Dishes slightly on the pricey side but worth it in terms of taste, portion sizes are average
  • A few dishes you don't see in a typical Japanese restaurant which are worth trying
Clean and relaxed table setting

Soft shell crab fritter with garden salad - $20 - I wanted more!

Prawn spring roll with sweet mayo - $12 - crispy pastry and fresh prawn flesh

Premium wagyu sukiyaki with mushrooms and udon - $33 and the recommendation of our waitress. Very nice

Unagi Hitsumabushi - $23 - a dish not normally seen in Japanese restaurants with unagi rice and a dashi broth served separately. The waitress noted to try it both without the broth first and with the broth after and see which you prefer. I much prefer the broth and it changes the whole dynamic of the dish and adds an additional element of flavour.

After adding the broth

YAYOI Garden Japanese Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rising sun workshop, Newtown, Sydney inner

Given the prevalence of social media and the time poor nature of almost everybody these days, I have decided to make my blog posts more 'snackable'. Essentially this means the posts going forward will be shorter - summarised with a few key dot points. Please provide feedback below if you like or dislike this approach - thanks for reading!

  • Rising sun workshop is a quirky half motorcycle workshop, half Japanese ramen house situated smack in the middle of Newtown
  • They are well known for their breakfast ramen below which is definitely a different take on your run of the mill breakfast cafes!
  • The other dish we ordered was also ramen but a lunchtime ramen.
  • Open for lunch and dinner, a worthy place to check out if you haven't been before

Breakfast ramen - $17 - buttered toast broth (yes it actually tastes like toast!), grill tomato, bacon, egg

The light ramen - $19 -  a more flavoursome ramen I thought than the breakfast ramen.

Broth: holmbrae chicken and super dashi double down.
Tarè: River salt, ocean salt, smoked salt, ginger, apple, onion
Toppings: kurobuta belly, greens, shroom, bamboo, egg, green onion, nori

Rising Sun Workshop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Spago, Beverly Hills, Sydney South West

I love to blog about Spago because it is really one of my favourite local Italian restaurants. The prices are decent, the service is quick and the taste is exceptional.

I highly recommend if you are in the neighborhood to try this place out!

My all time favourite dish is squid ink spaghetti with blue swimmer crab meat and chili. Such a flavoursome combination of ingredients. I'm salivating as I write this. So much crab meat as well!

Second favourite is the lobster risotto - rich lobster infused risotto and a fresh lobster tail sitting on top. Oh so moreish.

Spago Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I'm Angus, Darling Harbour, Sydney CBD

Darling harbour I think is generally a bit of a tourist trap but there are a few deals to be had if you go at the right times. On week nights there is a happy hour special between 5pm and 630pm I think where you can get 2 courses for $32 from a select choice of menu items.

We went for this on a Friday night and it wasn't too bad - felt like a holiday in your town!

Grilled Baby Octopus Shallots, bean shoots & fried onion, with chilli, soy dressing - A nice light Asian style salad to get the taste buds salivating

Soft Shell Crabs Tempura battered, nam jim dipping sauce - In the words of Manu - where is the sauce! The crab needed a bit more sauce.

Grilled Barramundi with sautéed wild mushrooms and spinach - lovely fresh barramundi, crispy skin, mushrooms and spinach were the perfect accompaniment.

Top Cut Sirloin and Prawn Served with garlic butter and creamy mash - Note that the menu explicitly says "PRAWN" so expect 1 prawn as per below. Big in size, but would have been good to have one or two more. Steak cooked to perfection with the taste of the jot grill lingering.

I'm Angus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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