I was told about this genius site called Broadsheet which caters especially for the Sydney and Melbourne markets. They specialise in everything that is going on in both cities from new bar openings to Art exhibitions to nightclub reviews and since we found this cooler version to Time Out, their restaurant choices haven’t let us down yet.
And so, one winter’s evening in Sydney Steve & I decided to try out Kuki Tanuki – a Japanese restaurant based in Sydney’s Inner West, Erskineville. It had some great views on Broadsheet so we thought to give it a go seeing as we hadn’t eaten Japanese food in a long time. (Yep, Africa wasn’t huge on the Japanese catering side!)
When we turned up we were greeted by really friendly staff to be seated along the narrow part of the restaurant. It reminded me of sitting at a bar, yet it wasn’t a bar and we were looking at the chefs cooking rather than a barman pouring endless amounts of drinks. That was fine by me seeing as I’m not really drinking much alcohol anymore.
The menu sounded amazing and this is what we ordered:
2 Miso Soup $4 each
1 Rice Bowl $3
Spicy Spider Inside Out Roll $14
(Soft shell crab, cucumber & spicy miso -8pc)
Tasmanian Roll – Aburi Style $16
(Flame grilled salmon with avocado, cucumber, mayo & a sweet soy reduction -8pc)
Slow Poached Duck $27
(San choy bau style with housemade spicy miso)
Because we haven’t eaten Japanese for a very long time (talking about the last time would have been in UK, July 2013 but only at Wagamamas so probs doesn’t count really) eating here was definitely worth the wait.
The Tasmanian Roll was incredible, we could have eaten that all day long and the duck, wow. I mean that was just out of this world. Mental! It was pricey for what you got but then duck is expensive here in Aus so I wouldn’t really expect anything else. The Spicy Spider Roll was also beautiful with a crispy texture and this has to be one of the best Japanese restaurants I’ve ever eaten at. The ingredients were very fresh and it was just a perfect place, pretty quiet and a really enjoyable experience.
Definitely worth a visit Sydney peeps! Have you been to anywhere amazing recently that you’d recommend? I’d love to hear about it, please write in the comments below.
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Kuki Tanuki Japanese Restaurant Sydney
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