In the heart of the city, close to the Anzac Memorial and Museum train station, there lies a Japanese restaurant with a love of the movies. Built into an old cinema on the corner of Burton Street and Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, Cafe Hibiki brings together the traditions of sushi, sashimi and skewers with those on the silver screen, offering a restaurant and events space quite unlike any other in the city centre of Sydney.
No fish in a japanese restaurant? We Asked for the tuna sashimi and barramundi but was not available...made me wonder what I would get if I ordered the sashimi or sushi moriwase...Also the pricemark was a bit steep for what we got, the prawn dumplims were nice but underseasoned and for a dish that claims ginger as a main ingredient, it was almost like a flavour afterthought. The homemade dipping sauce was ok. The grilled squid was tender but very bitter and underseasoned and with just with a bit of mayo with sichimi dusted on top. Those 2 dishes from the "menu plus 2 coktails ( a very spicy and off the bottle bloody mary and a non memorable waterd citrus something) for 63 dollars? The only justification I could find was the live music. The lady playing jazz was really good but because of the position of our table(behind the central pillar) and the fact that she was with her friends playing and singing with and for them, we felt like uninvited guests to a private function. This place could be awesome has all the stuff we like (cinema, music, outside sitting, etc) but feels like a lot of good ideas and good intentions but badly put together.
The food was very good, the service equally good with the added bonus of great entertainment provided by two lovely young people. I'd go again
Must go ... Lovely atmosphere - eclectic venue - divine Japanese cuisine - and brilliant jazz on Thursday nights from 7.30 to 9.30 pm! We'll be back to hear the voice of the angel Jay Dunne... Bravo!!!
We all love the movies, right? And who doesn’t like Japanese food? With that in mind, it’s surprising that it’s taken so long for a restaurant to bring these two beloved things together, as they have done at Cafe Hibiki on Burton Street in Darlinghurst. They offer up the best of Japanese cuisine – fresh fish, vegetable dishes, meat skewers grilled to perfection – as well as an events space that can be booked out. If you work in the Sydney film industry, you’ll get a discount, though if you work in the movies, you probably won’t need it.
The menu is a feature production in itself. Lunchtime visitors will be able to pick from set menus of salads and mains, including teriyaki beef with onions, chicken or pork katsu and deep-fried mackerel, Japanese-style. Later visitors to Burton Street in Darlinghurst will be able to pick from the full menu, including yakitori skewers and a huge range of sashimi and seafood options. Book a table and take your seat at Sydney’s Cafe Hibiki for a meal of Oscar-worthy proportions