Sydney Food Diary: Osaka Bar, Potts Point

IMG_5393Osaka Bar in Llankely Place in Potts Point really does look like it could be a casual eatery in Osaka, Japan. The kitchen, the lanterns, the lighting: it’s all right. Even our charming waiter who seems to have only been in Australia from Osaka for a few months added to the authenticity.

IMG_5389There’s a lot of styles of Japanese food that I think most folks won’t be familiar with: the wonderful octopus balls (takoyaki), like a pancake batter with chunks of tender octopus cooked in a waffle griddle, except instead of waffles, balls. There’s various kinds of IMG_5391omelette with artful swirls of Japanese mayonnaise and another sweeter sauce on top. Deep-fried skewers of things. Various other small plates (we didn’t try the sushi or sashimi).

All designed to go with beer! Or sake! Of which they have a nice selection (and the beer special that night, $5 for a Japanese beer, peanuts and dried fish skin, was a great bargain). I loved our meal here. The weird cheesy duck and eggplant gratin. The mound of rice with a simple omelette on top. A few deep-fried skewers (chicken thigh, lotus root, camembert), oh, and a stewed white radish with blueberry (!) miso and mince, an odd but tasty, very Japanese sort of dish.

IMG_5392Almost ordered too much food, but it was fine. There’s so much good food on this strip now… this is a good option, perhaps if you’re up for a more casual and quick meal. The IMG_5394outdoors seating area is great, and I said. This place has a lot of charm.

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