We are big fans of Japanese cuisine and regularly go out for Japanese food and have also travelled to Japan. We love trying new restaurants and find the authentic Japanese style of Omakase to be an excellent way to sample the best of what’s on offer.
Harada offer an Omakase option at dinner, and a ramen for lunch. Omakase is essentially where the menu is the chef’s choice and you leave the decisions of what you eat up to them. Often small bite size pieces, different sashimi or nigiri, soups and more.
At Harada, Japanese chef Yoshinobu Harada is running the show. His passion for cooking is clear and loves entertaining the guests. Hailing from Japan, but he has worked in plenty of restaurants around Sydney and before this ran his own Izakaya. His menu at Harada offers an innovative combination of modern Japanese ingredients utilising French methods of cooking with clear attention to detail. Fresh fish and seasonal ingredients are sourced to deliver high quality food.
You might find the restaurant is not that easy to find. It’s described as Glebe, but not in the main strip of restaurants, it’s in the backstreets of Glebe, Broadway and not far from the Sydney Fish Markets or Wentworth Park. You need to be looking for it, since it is unassuming and on the ground floor of an apartment block. Luckily for them it’s a small restaurant with an intimate dining experience and thus don’t need many people to fill it up.
One of the best things is that this place is BYO. No liquor licence means you can bring your drink of fancy. Beer, wine or the perfect Japanese accompaniment, whisky! We took a bottle and even shared it with the chef.
The first course was a platter of several bites, including an oyster, mussel, prawn, sashimi and more, arranged on a flat plate, to give you a good insight into the different seafoods on offer.
This was followed up by a range of different nigiri; tuna, salmon, prawn, eel and allowed us to try so much variety and it was amazing to see it prepared in front of you.
In addition, there were some other small morsels; an oyster in broth, chawan mushi, bite size pieces of wagyu and also a dessert; a cheesecake.
We thoroughly enjoyed the tasting and recommend it for something different, it’s $120 pp which is fairly standard for an omakase these days. But with the addition of BYO, this makes it extremely good value.
We returned for the ramen (which is on Fridays and Saturdays for lunch. We had the Sapporo Miso Ramen which was a delicious rich broth of beef, pork, sake, ginger and a good amount of ramen noodles, topped with egg, cabbage, pork char siu, sprouts and seaweed. Definitely would return for the ramen, one of the best we’ve had.￼
18a Wentworth St
Glebe NSW Australia
Dinner; omakase 6:30-10:30pm