Cho Cho San.
It just rolls off the tongue. Eloquent! I feel that the name describes the restaurant, well before you even step inside.
From the moment I read about Cho Cho San, I knew that I had to visit. Not only did the food look lip-smackingly pleasing….but I am a real sucker for Asian fusion, with the menu taking a modern Australian/Japanese stance.
Being one of Sydney’s hottest new restaurants at the moment, we booked ahead for a table on a Sunday night. I would definitely call in advance if you want to dine over the weekend.
This dish was the one that sold me into placing Cho Cho San on the Bucket List. I love sashimi, and the plump slices of trout are ideal. On the menu this sits under the Raw Bar section; Petuna Ocean Trout, Black Pepper & Wasabi. Simple bliss! From the Small Dishes section we order the Tempura Asparagus, which is light and crisp on the outside and the asparagus still firm on the inside. It was served with a sweet dipping sauce for that added bounce of flavour.
Aside from dessert, my favourite dish was from the Hibachi Grill section. The Calamari with Lime Ponzu is served beautifully, the tender seafood is sitting in the tart lime ponzu, and there is a subtle taste of smokiness from the grill. The chives as garnish give that final touch of flavour, but also the hint of colour needed to present the dish.
Oodles of Noodles…how fun do these look. Within the Others section of the menu, we chose the Udon Noodles, Pork, Chilli, Green Beans & Red Miso. The noodles are cooked beautifully and have that slight chewiness still, which I love. The pork is minced and tossed through, the chilli leaving that distinct burn on your tongue. Compared to the others, this dish is hearty and rich in flavour; just the thing you need to level out with the softer flavours.
White on white!
Littering my instagram feed of late, has been the Cho Cho San Sundae, a must order in my opinion. Originally I had been seeing the Green Tea Soft Serve Cone, but on the night we dined, we were treated to an even better option (in my opinion). The Banana Soft Serve Sundae with Peanuts & Caramel is served just the way you want it, upright and in the cone so you can bite straight in. The three flavours work naturally well with each other, and sharing this between two of us, I didn’t feel half as bad eating something so sweet, so close to bed time.
The interior is all white, but not in a cold way. There is still that sense of warmth in the venue, most likely created by the friendly waiters and the chattering crowd of others dining around us. Definitely check it out if you love Japanese as there is a lot more of the menu to keep you happy. I will definitely be heading back for more.
Cho Cho San
73 Macleay Street, Pott’s Point, Sydney
Ph: 02 9331 6601
Happy weekend eating lovelies! xxx