TOP 100 QUEST: CHO CHO SAN, Sydney
Another Top 100 ticked off – If you’ve been to The Apollo at Potts Point, you’ll know you can expect a good meal at their new place just down the street, Cho Cho San. This light, bright and modern Japanese restaurant serves sensational food! The space is long and narrow – a pretty simple, almost stark fit out featuring quite a bit of white. So where does the name come from? Sounds a little familiar perhaps? Cho Cho San is actually the name of the heroine from Madame Butterfly, the Puccini opera.
Of course, the obvious first thing to do was to order a martini – a Kimono Martini – Hendrick’s gin, Triple Sec, sake and cucumber. That hit the spot. As for the food, we started with some Edamame and a few things from the ‘Raw Bar’ section. Petuna Ocean Trout, black pepper and wasabi, the Hokkaido Scallops, yuzu, katsuobushi, and the Hiramasa Kingfish, pickled ginger, cucumber and soy – all visually exciting and all deliciously fresh. At this point I was pretty damn excited, as you can imagine!
And then, we couldn’t go past a Pork Katsu Steamed Bun each – this deep fried pork with cucumber and a tasty sauce in a light fluffy bun was fantastic. Nice buns!! Then the King prawns in kombu butter – also great, and all washed down with some fab Grosset riesling.
After that, just to be piggies, onto some more substantial offerings – the Japanese charcoal chicken and the Lamb cutlets with chilli and sancho, accompanied by Stir fried spinach in XO.
Everything is beautifully presented and full of flavour, and leaves you wanting to return! A most comprehensive list of sake too. This experience was pretty much perfect.