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5.4 /6 Excellent 43 Reviews

Busshari Authentic Japanese Restaurant

Potts Point Japanese $$$ +100
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About Busshari Authentic Japanese Restaurant

It’s worth reproducing Busshari Authentic Japanese Restaurant’s name in full, because this Potts Point eatery down Macleay Street is indeed the real deal when it comes to Japanese cuisine. With a menu curated by executive chef Nobuyuki Ito that cleaves close to the essence of the culinary arts of Japan, matched by an extensive list of rare sakes and a dark, minimal interior that perfectly sets of the fresh and beautifully presented fare brought to table, Busshari is preeminent among Sydney’s far eastern restaurants.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:15
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:15
  • Sunday 17:30 - 22:00
Busshari Authentic Japanese Restaurant, Macleay Street, Potts Point 119, 2011 Sydney

Further Information

First time diners at Potts Point’s Busshari are struck by the sultry elegance of the restaurant’s interior. Busshari’s premises down Macleay Street are characterised by a darker tone than many run-of-the-mill Japanese eateries. The restaurant is filled with tall tables fashioned from Tasmanian oak, ebony-coloured tiling, charcoal-pebbled walls, smoky mirrors and a slender sushi counter where some of the finest sushi and sashimi in Sydney is prepared under the watchful eye of executive chef Ito. Indeed, the chef’s selection sashimi plate, always prepared according to the daily catch (freshness is of course a prerequisite in Busshari’s kitchen) is reason enough to pay this Japanese restaurant a visit.

Of course, Busshari’s remit extends far beyond superlative sushi and sashimi; the menu’s relatively short length demonstrates Ito and his team’s considered approach to Japanese cuisine, emphasising restraint in the pursuit of creative dishes with unique flavours. Wagyu beef tobanyaki, pork belly kakuni, and saikyoyaki miso marinated grilled toothfish are just some of the dishes that this Macleay Street kitchen specialise in. Yet another coup for Busshari’s Potts Point restaurant is its excellent list of sake, surely among the best in Sydney. Carefully annotated, choose from a range of superior Japanese rice wines, listed alongside their nihonshu-do or sake meter value (SMV), indicating the relative sweetness or dryness of each bottle – and don’t hesitate to ask Busshari’s wait staff for advice for the perfect food match.


43 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 43 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 15:24

Very good. The food is very Authentic Japanese (I guess true to their name?), they have great sake and the staff / service is top notch.

1 review so far 6
07.02.2017 11:03

As always excellent food. Busshari never lets you down. Some of the freshest sashimi in Sydney and the sake selection is great. We booked on the wrong night and they were very understanding of our stuff-up.

1 review so far 6
18.12.2016 08:51

Best, Freshest Quality Japanese in Sydney. I've been coming here for 6 years for various occasions - every time is just as good as the last.

1 review so far 6
12.12.2016 12:39

Went there on Saturday for the first time,the food and service was excellent and not expensive at all.the restaurant was full and we had a great time.thank you will be back again.

1 review so far 6
09.10.2016 14:50

Everything was absolutely delicious and the service was amazing. I went with my partner and we had the pork gyoza, salmon nigiri (which just happened to be there for the evening), Agedashi tofu, edamame, Busshari veggie shushi roll, Grilled scampi, and the Wagyu Beef Sizzling Tobanyaki. we also had the Busshari house hot sake, which was really yummy too. All in all, a really lovely experience.

1 review so far 6
04.06.2016 08:59

This place is a gem! We had the most amazing meal - beautiful fresh sushi, sashimi and salad, and the tempura plate. Service was a little slow as i was incredibly busy, but this didn't affect our enjoyment as they did a great job of staggering the dishes so we always had something delicious on our table. Can't wait to go back!

1 review so far 6
22.08.2015 07:42

After living in Japan for so many years, when I find a Japanese restaurant that is 100% Japanese among the sadly so many pseudo-Japanese restaurants in Sydney, I am overjoyed. Busshari is 100% Japanese - the smells, the tastes, the quality. OMG! I was so happy. This restaurant has immediately become one of my favourite special places

1 review so far 5
11.01.2017 11:41

Cosy restaurant with group seating and a few separate tables. Great menu choices and friendly staff. Happy hour 6-7 on Monday - Tuesday with hose wines and sake $5 per glass. They wanted to rush us out quickly as are very popular. So not a place to stay long and chat

6 reviews so far 5
29.08.2015 20:45

Nice Japanese restaurant. Staff are very friendly. Food is on the pricier side but wasn't disappointed. The selection of Sake is broad, from sweet (+2) to dry (+20). Recommend ordering the Beautiful Boy. Just hearing "Here are your Beautiful Boys" from the staff is worth the price of admission.

1 review so far 5
01.08.2016 12:06

An initial mix-up with table reservations was quickly rectified (not with a change of table as the restaurant was fully booked), but with exemplary service, fabulous food and hospitality of genuine and wonderful staff. Will definitely come back for the house dish of baked eggplant with 2 sauces. Gina

2 reviews so far 6
17.05.2016 08:14

Great service! Great food! Particularly the sizzling beef! Our favourite place to have a quick and delicious meal. thanks! We caught up with old friends we hadn't seen for years and the atmosphere is so convivial to those treasured occasions.

1 review so far 6
25.04.2016 13:37

Excellent.As ever. Service very good. Food excellent. Note.If one books online there is a time lag.So the website needs to highlight that a 5pm booking gets you in at 9pm at the earliest

1 review so far 6
18.03.2016 07:22

I have been dining at Busshari for over 5 years and without exception, the food and service is always of the highest quality. Last night was no exception. Best Japanese cuisine in Sydney!

1 review so far 6
22.05.2016 07:53

Consistently good food, charming and efficient service AND we can hear ourselves talk. What's not to like?! I'm reluctant to post a good review cause I want to keep it for ourselves

1 review so far 6
18.04.2016 08:51

Great food, service and Sake! I would certainly dine here again and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a night out with friends, or a romantic evening also.

1 review so far 6
10.05.2016 11:23

Great Japanese food, service is excellent too. I love this place! The food is very fresh and the atmosphere is charming especially if you arrive early. Consistently good and well priced.

1 review so far 6
18.11.2016 08:48

Busshari is one of the best Japanese restaurant in Sydney, the food is definitely superb, the environment of the restaurant is beautiful, service is amazing, definitely enjoyed it a lot

1 review so far 5
30.10.2015 15:55

The food was excellent, one of the better authentic tastes in Sydney. Seating isn't the most comfortable and it was too warm that evening in the shop. Still would recommend try it even just once.

1 review so far 6
11.09.2016 10:41

My favourite Japanese restaurant. Amazing sashimi, oysters and definitely recommend the terriyaki fish of the day. Very fast service and reasonably priced food. Sake tasting board was good too

1 review so far 6
20.11.2016 13:22

The Food is divine, service is very friendly, atmosphere is great...we keep coming back and it never disappoints! It is our favourite Japanese restaurant in Sydney. So good!

2 reviews so far 6
19.10.2016 10:28

Great atmosphere. Fast and friendly service. And in my opinion best value for highest quality Japanese food. What else can one ask for. We'll be back.

2 reviews so far 6
13.04.2016 07:39

Great food - quick service and lots of help on dish selection! We love Busshari and appreciate the fact that you can book for small numbers.

1 review so far 6
01.03.2016 07:34

Great food and great service! Small space, but that's not important to my husband or I. Good location. Not sure what else to say! Thank you.

1 review so far 6
06.02.2016 10:03

Great service, most beautiful staff, booked in advance. Grilled toothfish is most amazing! Menu has plenty to offer and nice sake on offer. Would come again

1 review so far 5
02.11.2016 08:46

Very good restaurant The only thing I would improve is explaining what the menu was for people who don't understand what they were about to eat Too vague on the menu

1 review so far 6
07.07.2016 07:47

Always a great experience having dinner at Busshari. The food is great and the service is friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed. Will be back.

2 reviews so far 5
13.11.2016 07:30

Good, fresh sushi in a hip neighbourhood environment -- sit at the counter and watch the chefs at work. Also, very nice sake list. Very good value for the price.

1 review so far 6
16.10.2016 10:36

Always excellent service and fresh, delicious Japanese food. It's a favourite restaurant of ours and we have been coming for years. Long may it continue.

4 reviews so far 5
21.10.2016 18:30

As usual, really good food and attentive staff. Watching the sashimi chef ply the skills of his trade makes for a great experience overall. We will definitely be going again.

1 review so far 6
19.09.2015 09:55

Need to book as it is very popular. Beautifully presented and some of the best sashimi I have ever eaten: fresh as you could want.

1 review so far 5
20.10.2015 08:44

Menu could've been slightly more extensive, however, the food is fantastic and very traditional. Service was very friendly and the restaurant as a whole is great value for money

1 review so far 5
24.01.2016 08:51

Great atmosphere, service and food! Recommend this place and will go back there. Neighbourhood gem for sure! Be sure to reserve a table because they book up quick.

1 review so far 5
15.05.2016 16:27

Delicious food. The sashimi is fantastic - so fresh. The service was quick and friendly, as usual. We also recommend the eggplant - one of our favourite dishes.

1 review so far 5
28.02.2016 08:04

Great food, good friendly service but just a little overpriced. To me their mixed Sashimi was a standout. Also enjoyed their selection of beers and Sake.

1 review so far 5
14.11.2015 08:57

The Tuna Tartaki was sublime .Althought the Tuna portion was not as generous as we have had on previous occasions Otherwise the meal was delightful

1 review so far 5
06.04.2016 10:31

Great local Japanese that celebrated its 10th anniversary on the night if our visit. Always good sushi and sashimi. We will be going back soon.

1 review so far 4
11.10.2016 09:14

A number of dishes were lovely although there is no sashimi salmon on the menu. I was disappointed with the Teriyaki Chicken dish. The entrees were very nice.

2 reviews so far 3
12.09.2015 22:04

Good food, but nothing stood out to me. Service was good. And I liked the Japanese ambiance. My favorite part was being seated at the bar, and watching the sushi being made right in front of us.

1 review so far 4
25.08.2015 15:10

Food was fantastic as always. The service this time was unusually terrible. Wrong order, wrong table deliveries and wrong bill. Very disapointed in the service.

4 reviews so far 5
12.08.2016 07:48

A little expensive but well worth the experience. Great food, excellent service and a great selection of saki

1 review so far 6
24.08.2015 08:22

Love this place. Yuki is the best, and you must try the eggplant

4 reviews so far 5
02.10.2016 17:49

Excellent as usual. Great sashimi and really enjoyed the saki.