Kyushu has been a long-standing favourite of mine for many years now- 17 years to be exact - taking me back to a time I put sun-in through my hair and wore fluro Brian Rochford t-shirts. A lot has changed since then- thank goodness - fortunately the food at Kyushu is still as good as ever. In my opinion it's the best Japanese Restaurant in Sydney. Big call I know - but boy oh boy, have I had my fair share of Japanese food over the years- so I feel experienced enough to judge. And let's be honest, no one can ever prove me otherwise. I like making big, grand statements that I can't really be held accountable for.
Kyushu is always packed to the brim- reservations are essential - so I guess this speaks volumes on just how good the food really is. It's also consistant- I've never had an average meal here- so that's a pretty good track record (in fact, I think the same head chef has been working here the whole time). The service is fast & friendly, the prices are reasonable- what more could you ask for?
...........Oh, that's right. Ambience. How do I put this nicely? It's fine, but not fantastic. It has rather dated décor (I suspect it hasn't changed in 20 years), it's a tight squeeze and the lighting is rather bright & let's say- sterile ? - (which I guess is a good word if you are describing their kitchen, but not so much if you are trying to create a romantic setting for dinner). So basically, it's not first date material- DONT PLAN A PROPOSAL HERE!- but what it lacks in ambience, it makes up for tenfold in everything else. Now- onto the menu- some of my personal recommendations are:
SHUMAI- deep fried prawn and vegetable dumplings with a sweet & salty vinegar dipping sauce and yellow mustard. I could eat 30 of these little morsels in a row- they are seriously delicious.
MIXED TEMPURA- Crispy battered vegetables & seafood with vinegar dipping sauce.
CHICKEN TERRIYAKI- marinated sliced chicken thigh fillets in a rich sweet & sticky sauce. Served with a cabbage & alfalfa side salad, with a light citrus dressing.
FISH TERRIYAKI- (my favourite nowadays)- very lightly battered and flash fried fish pieces in a rich sticky and sweet sauce. Served with a cabbage & alfalfa side salad, with a light citrus dressing.
PORK MAKI- although we don't eat pork anymore, there was a time not so long ago that we LOVED this dish and I suspect it's the most popular item on the menu- caramelised shallots wrapped up in thin marinated pork in a sweet soy sauce.
All mains are served with steamed rice and as you can see portions are very generous.
Lastly, I just want to point out- I'M STARVING.
For more information on Kyushu, Ph: 9953 8272.
All photos by Belinda- www.outoftheoffice.com.au