Sydney Food Diary: Nakano Darling, Darling Square

With some smart design, it really feels like you could be in Japan. Stepping through an opening in a corrugated iron wall (and out of torrential rains), there are a few low tables, a number of high tables surrounded by colourful neon signs, and a few normal tables.

There’s a huge screen playing trippy Japanese commercials. The young, personable Japanese staff rush around to make sure you’re fed and watered.

From our view, at a low table near the entrance, looking out the doorway, we could imagine being in a bar in Osaka or Tokyo.

I mean, the space wouldn’t be so large (and the kitchen and bar are big) in Japan, but we loved the vibe.

Hot sake was perfect for a night like this and we matched it with a whole bunch of small dishes, Izakaya.

Not a bad philosophy really, food to go with drinking, rather than a drink to go with a meal.

Edamame. A flat omelette.

Octopus karaage. Chicken karaage. Gyoza.

The one that stood out was a pickled mackerel, delicate with some texture, but just the right amount of ginger and vinegar to offset the fat-laden flesh. A beautiful dish.

The others were pretty regular fare, really, nothing special, but we liked the place so much, we didn’t care much. We’ll be back.

Nakano Darling Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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