Izayaka Yebisu (۶* ‘ꆚ’)۶” // Little Japan in Sydney CBD

Izayaka Yebisu is an authentic izayaka-styled Japanese restaurant and I was invited by Washoku Lovers to come try out their menu. For those wondering what an “izayaka” is, it is a type of informal Japanese gastro-pub, for casual dining after work. 

At Yebisu they offer small portions so you can enjoy a wider range from their selection on their menu. Additionally, they have a great variety of drinks with more than 100 items to select, such as sake, shochu, cocktails and non-alcoholic mocktails too.

As I haven’t been to Yebisu to dine yet, I decided to take my mate TonyLion to join me on this food adventure. We had a voucher of $80 to spend at the restaurant, so we made our dish choices wisely~ We ordered a few sushi’s, gratin, gyoza,

Of course we had to start the night with some drinks, so we got long island and a mojito. 

While we were drinking and chatting away, the dishes we ordered started to appear on our table and the first being the Chawanmushi(AUD$6.80). The chawanmushi was soft, smooth and tasty too, but I did find the price for this a tad overpriced, because ingredient-wise, it is just egg.

Next we tried the Chilli Pork Dumpling (AUD$9.80). We couldn’t really taste the spiciness from the chilli, so was a little disappointed, but the filling of the dumpling was quite juicy and delicious in taste. 

We heard the sushi at Yebisu were fresh, plus they have toro too and not a lot of places sell toro sushi. So of course we had to order a few sushi's. 

I absolutely love my scallops so, of course, I had to try their Aburi Scallops (AUD$6.50). This was one of my favourite dish of the night, definitely the scallop sushi! They served 2 full scallop per sushi, which was very generous, as many places tend to slice the one scallop in half for sushi.

We also ordered the Aburi Scallop & mentai (AUD$6.80) sushi too, which was delicious! The scallop was fresh and sweet, whereas the mentai added a cream-like texture for smoother texture and richer in taste.

As mentioned earlier, Yebisu does have toro sushi so how could we not order it, right? Not a lot of Japanese restaurant's in Sydney offer Toro, so once I saw that they have it available on their sushi menu, I order them. Once again the fish was fresh and the toro was quite delicious and soft in texture. 

We also got their Ootoro, because I meant why not!! This is fattier than the plain toro, and it was just lovely~ Although I cannot compare them to Japan's toro, it still satisfied my craving's.

The next dish we got was their Broccoli & tomato mayo gratin (AUD$9.80), which was pretty average in my opinion. It was definitely overpriced but it was quite nice as I did enjoy it regardless, but I must say, but I'm sure you could make this at home.

The last dish we ordered was the Tom Yum Goong Sushi Roll (AUD$15.80). Tony and I had high expectations for this dish where it did not meet our standards. I could not taste any tom yum flavour at all! I was really disappointed, especially for what you pay for. 

The food used at Yebisu are fresh and tastes quite nice, but the prices are a bit overpriced based on the flavours and ingredients, in my opinion. However, I do like how they come around with a trolley of sake and you are able to try a few from their selection and you can order if you want some too. 

I tried these the two sake in the photo above and they were both quite strong yet delicious. 

Overall my first experience at Yebisu was quite a nice one and their staff were friendly and they have quite a huge selection of foods and drinks, but I don't think I would go back anytime soon as the pricing is quite expensive.

Shop 7-10, 501 George St, Sydney , 2000
Opening Hours: 
Sun-Wed: 12pm - 11pm
Thurs-Sat : 12 - 11:30pm

Ph: (02) 9266 0301

Yebisu Izakaya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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