*Meet Mica

*Thank you Ompty Media for this invite and to Mica for her lovely service on the day. If you haven’t already seen Meet Mica all over Instagram and Facebook, where have you been? My feed has been plastered with promises of lobster congee and oozy matcha toast so you can imagine why I was more…

*Akira Sushi Chatswood

Thank you to the Food Critics and Bloggers Australia (FCBA) for the invite! Inside Chatswood’s new dining precinct The District, lies Akira Sushi. It’s a little tricky to find the entrance the first time round – and then you realise how easy it actually is! (I’ve added some directions at the end of the post…

*Choya Japanese Forest Cake Launch – Black Star Pastry

*Thank you Black Star Pastry for the invite to the launch night  Black Star Pastry have done it again with their fantastic layered cakes. Taking inspiration from the delicate balance of flavours in Japan, along with the classic cake Black Forest, they’ve created a Japanese Forest Cake with Choya Umeshu and a combination of teas. The…

Goros

Thanks @anitastopeating, @itsmiss.t and @pa7ricko for your awesome company! Salaryman rejoice! There’s a bar for you to get your drink on close to Central station. Just don’t fall asleep on the way home and miss your stop again, okay! Enter Goros; a slightly over-the-top Japanese themed bar. The space has tables for groups looking to…

*Harajuku Gyoza

*Special Thanks to Harajuku Gyoza for the invite! Open the door to Harajuku Gyoza and you’re immediately greeted with loud exclamations of “Irasshaimase!” The friendly and energetic staff are one of Harajuku’s attractions. They act exactly as they would in a Tokyo Izakaya, albeit a few decibels louder. They’re impressively attentive, going out of their…

Nel

Down the steps from a dimly lit door lies a bunker with a sepia glow, emanating speakeasy vibes and an open atmosphere. The walls are bare exposing piping and the kitchen is visible from every seat in the house, so there’s no hiding from Nelly Robinson and his team. We’re greeted by each staff member that…

Sushi e

Thank you to the wonderful @eatventures_ for surprising me with this dinner for my birthday! My birthday dinner celebrations have developed a bit of a tradition in the form of Japanese cuisine. So naturally, sooner or later, we’d end up at sushi e for it. The friendly staff at sushi e seated us promptly and…

*Echo on the Marina

*Special thanks to Alex from @i.am.strategist for the invite. Thank you also to the kind staff of Echo on the Marina  @echoonthemarina for their service.  A tranquil little spot just overlooking a secluded beach is a small restaurant that is both peaceful and playful in nature. Down a windy road and a set of secluded…

*Yebisu Bar and Grill

*Thank you Kayla and Yuri from Washoku Lovers for your hospitality and for introducing us to this store. Special thanks to Yebisu Bar and Grill for their service and kindness on the night of the event.                                 Bigger is better and Izakaya Yebisu, the popular restaurant, has expanded…