Category Archives: Japanese

Fuku Restaurant, World Square

Fuku is a modern Japanese restaurant situated on the upper restaurant level of World Square, right opposite Din Tai Fung. We’re visiting on a Friday night and Din Tai Fung has the usual longest lines; Fuku is moderately busy but we’re not stuck out waiting in the cold thankfully, so it’s a great option if the Din Tai Fung wait gets your stomach growling. The menu has a nice variety of Japanese classics which have been re-done with contemporary cooking techniques and flavours and there’s also a large menu of Japanese sake and wines, although tonight we just opt for food.

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Marukame Udon, Chatswood

I was quite surprised to see Marukame Udon opening up in Chatswood, because we had previously had it on my recent trip to Hawaii and hadn’t realised that it was a global franchise. I was even more pleasantly surprised to find out that Marukame Udon is actually a sister store to Hakata-Maru Ramen which is in the Market City food court. Seems like fast, tasty and affordable Japanese noodle canteens are taking over Sydney.

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Highlights of Honolulu, Hawaii

We had a whirlwind trip to the main Hawaiian island of Oahu late last year (thank you Jetstar 2 for 1 sales!) and because we were only there for 4 full days, we tried to pack in as many activities and meals as we could to make the most of it. We were there over Thanksgiving weekend as well, so that was an experience in itself – but any time of the year, there’s a lot to see, do and eat in this exotic island with a melting pot of cultures (note – all prices in this post are quoted in USD).

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Izakaya Samurai, Neutral Bay

Tucked away on the main Military Road of Neutral Bay is the Japanese restaurant Izakaya Samurai (previously known as Sushi Samurai). They’re part of a wider Japanese restaurant group which also includes Yebisu Izakaya. The food and drinks menu here is huge and can be ordered on their iPad selection system (similar to Yebisu Izakaya), with multiple categories including fried dishes, sushi and sashimi, yakitori, rice/noodles and more! Most of the dishes are small and designed for sharing (izakayas are traditionally drinking establishments in Japan with small bar dishes) so it’s ideal to visit in a group.

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Hakata-Maru Ramen, Haymarket

I am loving all the new options popping up in Sydney for ramen and have heard about Hakata-Maru Ramen, which is in the Market City food court and is a strong contender for one of the tastiest food court versions in town. They serve up the same Hakata style ramen as the more pricey Ippudo, with hearty tonkotsu pork bone broth and thin, straight noodles.

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