September 10th, 2012

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Niji Sushi Bar


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Sticking the surprise back into suburban dining, this spot boasts an all-star cast...

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...including Head Chef Kohji Matsuda (ex-Toko and Sake)...

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...and master of the organic wood-rich fit out, Koichi Takada (who worked on Ocean Room).

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It wouldn’t look out of place in Surry Hills – except it’s in Kingsford, with prices (and parking) to match.

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Another Toko graduate, Bar Manager Binod Shrestha, delivers an interesting list of light, cuisine-appropriate cocktails. Standouts are an affable Tall Yuzu ($12) featuring aloe vera, yuzu juice and Beefeater gin; and Shochu Delight ($11) – basically your Japanese Cosmo.

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Maguro Taru Taru ($10.50) is presented like a pun on steak tartare – piling rich, red tuna on avocado, garnished with black caviar, chilli paste, lotus chips and barley miso dressing.  Eating it is exciting.

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The left field addition of lemon oil also elevates Kingfish Carpaccio ($11) with ponzu sauce, herbs and sea salt.

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A stickler for sensational sashimi, I rate the five fishes, scallops and cuttlefish, generously presented on ice in the Sashimi Twenty One ($29.80).

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The vivacious and engaged floor team guide me to wrap my meal with 9+ Wagyu Beef ($18.50) from the robata grill. It’s a treat against the signature Amayaki sauce (my guess: soy, sake, sesame seeds, ginger and chilli powder).

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Future suburban gem…

Niji Sushi Bar
333 Anzac Parade, Kingsford
Ph: (02) 8068 4849