Sushi Yachiyo is a relatively new, traditional and family owned Japanese restaurant, located at the top of William street. It’s small, simple and low key – you can bring your own bottle of wine and watch chef Mitsuhiro Yashio slicing up the sashimi from behind the kitchen bar. However, the food served is far from basic. The ingredients are the absolute freshest you can find in Sydney, with the fish being sourced straight from the fish market every morning. The daily specials are full of the chef’s flair and creativity, with a perfect mix of traditional Japanese techniques with a modern twist.
In the starter section, the wagyu options are always a good choice – especially the cheek tempura or the beef tatki with ponzu jelly. The gyoza are served on a hot sizzling plate and taste pretty special too.
For the main, the wagyu katsu with brie is a must try, with its crispy breadcrumbs and melted cheese. However, the rainbow sushi roll is the dish I always tend to come back to, with it’s mixed fish layer and selection of sauces.
Having said that, the restaurant standout signature dish in the dessert section, which is quite surprising for a Japanese restaurant! The chocolate cake with its layers of fried tofu sheets between the black bean dark chocolate is absolutely delightful with it’s rich/crisp textures and bitter/sweet flavours. Such a divine and balanced combination! You must try this one when you go!
While a bit more pricey than your regular Japanese, the food quality screams fine dining and the portion sizes are quite generous, so overall pretty good value. Sushi Yachiyo is now officially one of my favourite restaurants for a casual week day dinner, which is quite fortunate given that I live just around the corner! It’s also the perfect compromise when going with people who prefer the meaty to the fishy options as they will have plenty of choice too.
Overall, I would probably give it a 7.5/10 Nibbles!
13 Kirketon Rd
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
(02) 9331 8107