Asian Flavors in Australia: Sydney’s top Japanese restaurants

Sydney’s food scene has been pulling in tourists from all over the world and other Ozzie cities for years now, with menus drawn from the best local Australian produce, diverse international takes, and minimalist, yet elegant aesthetics. We have put together a list of Sydney’s top Japanese restaurants where you can taste the some of best Asian flavors in Australia!

Check out this list and don’t forget your notes so you won’t forget to visit them the next time you’re in Sydney to fill your aching tummy with extraordinarily amazing food.

Map of best Japanese restaurants in Sydney

Sydney’s top Japanese restaurants


A famous sushi bar in the student dining hub of Kingsford. Niji’s décor is fresh and contemporary, with plenty of dining space to suit various occasions. You can select from the à la carte menu or head for the sushi-train style bar that wraps the open kitchen for a more hands-on eating experience. Try the Sashimi 21 platter, which includes three-piece selections of tuna, scallops, cuttlefish, salmon, kingfish, snapper, and the fish of the day.

Address: 333 Anzac Parade, Kingsford, Australia

Sydney’s top Japanese restaurants


Nestled in the historic, hostel-ridden harborside suburb of The Rocks, Sake offers clean, fresh flavors blended with traditional Japanese wines. Try the eponymous sake with over 40 varieties to choose from and umeshu (fruit wine) and spirits like shochu. The extensive menu is an experimental yet sensible fusion of old and new. Dining options to relish include classic à la carte menu at an outmoded recessed table, or a lighter meal of sushi and cocktails at the bar.

Address: 12 Argyle St, The Rocks, Australia

Sydney’s top Japanese restaurants


Sydney’s sushi aficionados have been going to Yoshii to satisfy their craving for none other than sushi. Yoshii’s dinner menu is served in Japanese ‘Kaiseki’ style. The superb food selection is completed by sophisticated interior design, featuring an open kitchen adjoined by a sushi bar, elegant dark timber floors, black marble for the sushi benches, and classy Spanish leather for the chairs.

Address: 115 Harrington St, The Rocks, Australia

Asian Flavors in Australia: Sydney’s top Japanese restaurants


This place is so famous that you’ll find it extremely difficult to secure a table. It’s truly one of a lifetime culinary experience. Chef Tetsuya blends natural, seasonal Australian and Japanese ingredients, which includes fresh waterlily directly flown in from Japan, a unique flavor in Sydney and employs traditional French techniques to complete world-class dishes. sit at one of their downstairs tables overseeing the koi pond and Japanese garden, and allow servers to present you with course after amazing course.

Address: 529 Kent St, Sydney, Australia

Asian Flavors in Australia: Sydney’s top Japanese restaurants


This one-of-a-kind restaurant is where the buzz of Tokyo meets Sydney’s fabulous beat. Lose yourself to in the world of Chef Chase Kojima and his perfect union of traditional Japanese craftsmanship with an innovative take on Sydney’s contemporary flavor. As one of Sydney’s top Japanese restaurant, Sokyo has received multiple awards including:

  • THREE GOBLETS, Gourmet Traveler Wine List of The Year 2017
  • ONE CHEF’S HAT, Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • AUSTRALIA’S TOP 100 RESTAURANTS, Australian Financial Review 2015 & 2016
  • Many others…

Sit in the posh space while chilling out sounds to the sounds of the resident DJ while enjoying delectable Japanese inspired dishes. Complete the experience by staying at the elegant and boutique-styled hotel The Darling and wake up to a Japanese inspired breakfast at Sokyo.

Address: Level G, The Darling, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street

Asian Flavors in Australia: Sydney’s top Japanese restaurants

Now it’s time to make a reservation and prepare yourself for a night of sumptuous dining (or breakfast and lunch)! Even if you are in Sydney with kids, these restaurants are a good option for dining out! So, Bring your loved ones with you when you go for a truly satisfying dining out.