If you haven’t been down to check out the new Darling Quarter, you probably should!
The eyesore that once was Darling Harbour has now been converted into something resembling an urban playground.
Alongside table tennis tables, you'll find comfy canvas deck chairs (during daylight hours) and rugs to er... roll on.
There's also a majorly cool playground. After you’ve finished elbowing kids aside for a go on the adult-sized slide;
...had a go on the pump and worked your way down the bespoke German waterpark (the first of its kind in Australia) until you've finally gotten your hands on Archimedes' Screw.
After that you can explore another sort of fluid dynamics at Jessie and Terence Chau’s latest venture!
Sister Jennifer Chau is your effortlessly cool guide to the youthful Japanese cocktail list, ranging from imported Sakura liqueur based Cherry Blossom ($13.50) to a childhood dream: the Drunken Spider ($14.50) with a green tea ice cream float!
Chef Miyamoto Yasunari will keep you in wacky fusion sushi or nicely presented Sashimi Tasting Plates (7 Kinds/$38.80) bested by scampi, surf clam and conger eel, until the Kobe cattle come home.
However for me my favourite Dewazakura ($17.80/large bottle) sake drinking companions were his Crispy Soft Shell Crab Sandwiches ($9.80)...
....Spicy Scallop Carpaccio ($10.80) and Mayo Prawn Tacos ($9.80).
My dining companion gasped in paroxysms of pleasure over beautifully handled Wagyu Beef Tataki ($16.80);
...while I alternated spoonfuls of an excellent Chawan Mushi ($5.80) savoury egg custard with nicely caramelised Home-Made Pork Gyoza ($6.80).
So much food and frivolity even inclined me to hang around for a Waffle with Green Tea Ice Cream ($10.80). I guess Darling Harbour finally is fun.
Umi Sushi & Udon
TR10 Darling Quarter, 11-25 Harbour Street, Darling Harbour
Ph: (02) 9283 2006