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Preeminent among Sydney’s Japanese restaurants, Kobe Jones keeps it close to the ocean at its Darling Harbour premises at the King Street Wharf 5 off Lime Street. All the better considering that Kobe Jones Sydney’s incredibly extensive and well-curated menus also cleave close to the maritime world with a distinct emphasis on seafood and fresh fish dishes. This probably comes as no surprise – this is after all a Japanese restaurant – but there are a few twists at work here that lift Kobe Jones above the traditional. Think fusion, think fun, think a little Californian sun added to Far Eastern tradition – all in the heart of Sydney.
This is the second KJ teppanyaki experience I've had, and the second time I have been disappointed. Service was slow on both occasions, our first visit we had to wait 35 minutes and we were the only two people in the restaurant, the second time was a Tuesday night booking at 8pm and again we didn't get our first course till 8:45. I'm not sure if it's a "let's build the anticipation" type thing but not impressed. Once the food did start to roll out, it was very hit and miss, and I have a very adventurous palate. Three of the courses were drowned in the same mayo sauce...really? I thin KJ has done its dash with me for a while.
Best sushi I have ever tasted ! Especially their lava roll 😋 Fantastic vibe on the restraunt right next to the water and great music playing to set the mood for a fantastic experience.
The only good part of the service was that we got seated fairly quickly, other than that the service was shocking, our waitress did not understand us and forgot our drinks. The food was not authentic Japanese and was highly overpriced for what we got. Hopefully a restaurant with a great location as this can step it up on service and food quality.
This is the Sydney outpost of the renowned Kobe Jones family of Japanese restaurants. Melbourne’s got its Docklands premises, but we have to admit that Kobe Jones Sydney is unbeatable when it comes to location – found at King Street Wharf 5 off Lime Street, this Kobe Jones sibling boasts stunning views out over Darling Harbour, especially good if you book a table on the all-weather terrace. Deeper inside, those looking for a romantic rendezvous or a large private dining celebration over some of the best Japanese cuisine in the city can find a number of perfect spots to take a seat and study the menus (they are inspired and they are very long).
Not only is each of Kobe Jones’ menus as comprehensive as any you’re likely to encounter, there are also a dazzling number of them, all with suggestive titles, and all offering a different way to explore this top Sydney Japanese restaurant’s creative culinary understanding. For want of some representative dishes, let’s take a look at the dinner specials, available at Kobe Jones’ King Street Wharf, Lime Street premises from Sunday to Thursday. A simple, unmissable starter is edamame, followed by sashimi and soba noodle salad. The moderately spicy Bondi Rolls (H3 on the in-house 1-5 spice scale) sees this Darling Harbour hotspot tip its hat to the eastern seaboard, while the soft tofu and vegetable tempura is a crispy addition to the feast. The real winner is the penultimate dish, the exotic wasabi mushroom motoyaki, sauteeing an assortment of wild mushrooms in a garlic and seaweed butter, layering them atop specialist Akitakomachi rice and finally baking them with a powerful wasabi motoyaki sauce. This is just a teaser – you’ve got to try Kobe Jones for yourself. But be warned, advance bookings are absolutely essential.