When you’re in Japan, it’s a must to visit Izakaya to sample all the marvellous food it has to offer. It also gives you the opportunity to taste many different things when there are small plates to pick from. Izakaya Yebisu is a taste of Japan. This very popular restaurant is situated in Regent Place and it does get busy, think the crossing at Shibuya. Don’t let that deter you, it is a fun joint that quickly turns over tables, so you won’t be waiting long. You can sit in booths, at tables or at the bar, where you can watch the chefs in action. Japanese memorabilia adorns the walls and it feels like you’re in Japan.
We sat in a booth and perused the menu, which is on a touch screen computer at this place! The screen is catergorised into specials, sushi, sashimi, desserts and drinks so it is easy to locate what you’re looking for. Prices are listed, as well as an image. Add it to your cart and order away! Press for service or a glass of water – easy to get what you need promptly.
We begun with a wagyu hot pot, tender beef in a beautifully flavoured soup with vegetables and tofu. We also got some ramen to go with it. This was a great meal for a cold winters night. When you’re at an izakaya, you can’t go past yakitori – pork, seafood, chicken, your choice! We had some juicy chicken thigh, nicely seasoned.
We also shared some salmon nigiri. One of the specials was a sashimi cone – an incredible ice cream cone filled with sashimi, vegetables, avocado and roe! How cool is that! The sashimi here is extremely fresh, they get in from the fish markets daily.
There were some great looking desserts and whilst the tempura ice cream looked outstanding, we couldn’t go past the green tea tiramisu, nice and spongey with cream, ice cream and fruits. We loved this sugary end to the meal.
We didn’t have alcoholic drinks on this occasion, only some hot tea, but they have a huge range of cocktails, sake and whiskeys. Perfect for a catch up with friends to get that authentic Japanese Izakaya dining experience in the heart of the Sydney CBD. Staff are efficient and friendly. Thanks to Washoku lovers for arranging our visit and the hospitality provided by Izakaya Yebisu.