Cho Cho San

Cho Cho San is a very popular smallish restaurant in Darlinghurst. (Would recommend booking ahead) It can best be described as Japanese with Australian elements. If you are looking for straight up, classic Japanese or even really good sashimi, this isn't the place to be. Not that their sashimi wasn't good, it just wasn't anything special. If you're looking for a restaurant that's creative and innovative with their Japanese, this could be one to try. The food is fun and light and their banquets are good value. (We had 10 dishes for $80.) There's also an option for a sake pairing, and while I didn't have it, friends that did really enjoyed and found the drinks really complementary to the meal. 

  Edamame Dip  - Loved the crunchy chips, not the usual way I would have my edamame, but it was still good, and not as salty

Edamame Dip - Loved the crunchy chips, not the usual way I would have my edamame, but it was still good, and not as salty

  Chicken Karaage   - Crunchy and fried and juicy

Chicken Karaage  - Crunchy and fried and juicy

  Ocean Trout Sashimi  - the sauce had pre-added wasabi, and a bit of a tang

Ocean Trout Sashimi - the sauce had pre-added wasabi, and a bit of a tang

  Kingfish Sashimi

Kingfish Sashimi

  Pork Katsu Steam Bun  - one of my favorite dishes of the night

Pork Katsu Steam Bun - one of my favorite dishes of the night

 I liked this dish so much, here is a close up. Crunchy, Flavorful and well balanced by the softness of the bao. I could have had more than one.

I liked this dish so much, here is a close up. Crunchy, Flavorful and well balanced by the softness of the bao. I could have had more than one.

  Fried Brown Rice, Shitake & Egg   - less fatty than the usual fried rice, went well with a lot of the dishes

Fried Brown Rice, Shitake & Egg  - less fatty than the usual fried rice, went well with a lot of the dishes

  Wagyu Beef -  Soft and well-cooked, not hard to chew

Wagyu Beef - Soft and well-cooked, not hard to chew

  Matcha Tiramisu -   I did not like this, the texture was powdery and you could just taste powder not cream

Matcha Tiramisu -  I did not like this, the texture was powdery and you could just taste powder not cream

  Black Sesame Mochi ice Cream  - my ultimate favorite! Yummy and squishy

Black Sesame Mochi ice Cream - my ultimate favorite! Yummy and squishy

  The Banquet Menu that we chose

The Banquet Menu that we chose