Cho Cho San – Japanese small things and raw things

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Friendship was born at Cho Cho San in Potts Point with another food blogger’s catch-up. There were a few pretty colour languages running through my head when I finally had the opportunity to sit with Michael from I’m Still Hungry and The Lady, Yvonne from Caramel Love and Shirley from The Hungry FoodTech. Usual guests always had to include Isaac from iFat, Irene from Irenes Getting Fat, Amy from Milkteaxx and Annie from The Random Foodie. At Cho Cho San expect Japanese cuisine with an interpretation of the Tokyo Izakaya. This newish joint is covered with black polka dots on a cream layout. Bar seatings are available or for larger groups you’re most likely be located to a rounder table.

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 Cho Cho San, are you ready for us Food Bloggers?!

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 As you enter Cho Cho San, make sure you turn left.

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 Sake shower bar

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Patiently waiting for the others 🙂

Thrilled to welcome Fried Eggplant Miso ($10) and normally I wouldn’t recommend eggplants to any one because it’s not my thing. But this has got to be the best vegetarian fried dish I’ve ever encountered. The outside coat is golden with a crisp texture and inside, imagine a gooey overflow of warm eggplant waiting for you. The flavours aren’t over yet, when it’s generously sprinkled with sesame seed, chopped spring onions with a small puddle of house made sauce buried underneath the delicious fried eggplant sticks.

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Fried Eggplant Miso ($10)

My chopsticks carried away when it first touched the Fried Chicken ($14) because of its juicy succulent chicken hidden inside the batter. There was a light satisfying crunch that is enough for you to the whole bowl away just so you could eat it alone. Just don’t forget that spicy creamy mayo sauce that involves a large portion of wasabi.

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Fried Chicken ($14)

When Nicholas Wong exited his kitchen and entered the plating/sushi area, you should have seen Irene’s face, it was gold! Her eyes enlarged and it was glowing. It was as if she won the lottery or something. LOL

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 Head Chef Nicholas Wong who preciously worked at Billy Kwong, Bodega and Ester.

You’re irresistible Hokkaido Scallops ($18) with corn and house-cured katsuobushi. For some, it wasn’t the most wanted dish on their list, so it’s my duty to eat on their behalf. Tee-hee NE WINNING! The Hokkaido was known for its huge, flavourful scallops. These plump raw scallops were extremely fresh with a tender, sweet and creamy texture. I loved the shaved katsuobushi because one bite combined with the mashed corn enhanced the natural flavours.

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Hokkaido Scallops, corn, house-cured katsuobushi ($18)

I just wanted you to know the Tuna ($22) combined with avocado puree and pickled eggplant was incredibly fresh. Massive chunks of cut tuna with sesame seed atop was my highlight in this dish. The smooth green puree matter so much to me tastebuds as well with soy based sauce to dress up.

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Tuna, avocado, pickled eggplant ($22)

MY INNER FREAK CAME OUT when the Beef Tataki ($18) arrived. Here’s the thing, looking at it, your stomach might not want it. But when the long super thin slice of beef touches your lip you’d be ready to pounce and get your claws out. Buried underneath the layers of melt in your mouth seared beef tataki was wild rice and ginger dressing. It was quite demanding, even for the foodies who don’t like raw beef. It was tender with the perfect balance of sweet and the beef was indeed good-quality.

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Beef Tataki, wild rice, ginger dressing ($18) 

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 Wild rice and ginger hidden underneath the beef tataki.

We were on shuffle mode and next for me was the Pentuna Ocean Trout ($20) with black pepper and wasabi – A simple dish with a rich sauce of soy sauce that is a perfect backdrop.

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 Pentuna Ocean Trout, black pepper, wasabi ($20)

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Head Chef Nicholas Wong impressed us with his skills.

Save your breathe for the Calamari ($16) with lime ponzu – These tentacles was successfully grilled or perhaps marinaded, who knows. It was perfection on a plate and I was hypnotised by the chewiness. You’d be distracted at the first bite with the hit of tanginess.

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 Calamari, lime ponzu ($16)

We had fun with the Udon noodles ($15) that contains small shreds of pork and chilli. I couldn’t keep up with the level of affection and attention that the other foodies felt. The udon showed its slippery side and it was insanely chewy. I was faced with the patch of whipped tofu that looked like mayo and that was mind-blowing.

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Udon noodles, pork, chilli ($15)

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 And the food porn begins! Photo Credit: I’m Still Hungry.

You’d be stressing if you couldn’t get your hands on King Crab Omelette ($28) with Japanese Curry. This omelette makes a delicious savoury trinity of noticeable pieces of king crab. Better treat yourself to the super crispy edges that can easily snap because it’s so light. The center is unbelievably fluffy with a nice gooey texture. There’s no denying the flavour of the curry, it was heavily included along with chopped shallots. This dish goes so well on its own or even maybe a bowl of plain rice. You MUST MUST MUST order this because you’d go crying out the door if you forgot.

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 King Crab Omelette, Japanese Curry ($28)

Silken Tofu in Tomato Dashi ($4 Each) was sharp on the tomato taste, although it knew how to mask itself. As for the silken tofu, I’d say it was a tad rough.

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 Silken Tofu in Tomato Dashi ($4 Each)

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You wouldn’t believe this contains tomatoes.

I was capable making love with the Miso Cod ($40) with the flower garden celery and ginger. This grilled cod itself knew how to entertain us with its flavours, although I wasn’t too sure were the ginger was in this dish.

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 Miso Cod, celery, ginger ($40)

I got my battle scars on my chopsticks after rescuing a piece of Soy glazed Angus beef ($36). It was a struggle to get my second piece. I now know I should never ask “does anyone want the last piece?” because someone always answers “yes”, especially when it’s a gang of foodie bloggers on the same table. The beef was bloody brilliant with a tender outcome. It was A+ for me!

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Soy glazed Angus beef ($36)

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The beef came with three types of sauce: Mustardwasabi and chilli powder.

Who would mind having another piece of the Tempura Pumpkin ($12)– It was not a  deceptively simple dish because each thick slice of pumpkin was coated in batter and deep fried. It tasted might good! Seriously a favourite thing to eat with a wonderful mixture of flavours and textures.

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The Cho Cho Snow ($10) was editable shaved ice that included apple custard. Quite flavoursome with that jelly texture magic happening.

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After all that, you’d think we’d say no to dessert, hell no. I couldn’t control it any longer because the feelings are to strong when I saw the Banana soft-serve cone ($7 each) with crushed peanut and swirls of caramel. Oh My God…this was freaken smooth and surprisingly not overwhelming sweet, although I really REALLY wanted the green tea, but I instantly forgot about it when this baby was in my hands. As for the waffle cone, I absolutely loved it! Smelt so good as if they were made to order.

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 Banana soft-serve cone, peanut, caramel ($7 each)

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Feeling BANANAS because of you!

It felt electric when I saw the Steamed Yuzu Pudding ($12) even when on top it included a scoop of sour cream. This innocently sweet dessert had a zingy flavour with a spongey texture hidden underneath the glazed sugar.

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 Steamed Yuzu Pudding ($12)

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Till next time food lovers ❤ Photo Credit: I’m Still Hungry.

Overall, Cho Cho San had some incredible dishes, but it was a little bit pricey as well as the portion may seem petite for some. For a table of nine, we had no option but to order seconds for some dishes, so you’re better off going with a group of four. I was glad walking out with a full stomach because it costed roughly $55 per person and we didn’t order any beverages, not even sake. I am still keen to return and perhaps seat at the bar area, so if anyone is interested, let me know.

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 Cho Cho San’s entrance. 

 Photos by Vanny Tang

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24 thoughts on “Cho Cho San – Japanese small things and raw things

    milkteaxx said:
    September 26, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    table for 4? you dont want us nemore!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      September 29, 2014 at 1:02 AM

      Haha! You know I would never NEVER EVER leave you behind 😛

        milkteaxx said:
        October 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        as WONG as we are together ❤

        Nessy Eater responded:
        October 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        Nothing WONG with that 😀 ❤

    Choc Chip Uru said:
    September 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    That would have been a blast, the food looks so good! But honestly? That dessert is killing me 😀 Soft serve cone and all!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

      Nessy Eater responded:
      September 29, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      Are you tempted to just lick your monitor? 😀

      Oh, that soft serve ice-cream felt like I was eating a really banana, although with added ice-cream 😀

    irene said:
    September 28, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    You have the clearest photos of the dishes! And yes, I would usually freak out at the sight of raw beef but the beef tataki makes me forget everything haha. And oh it’s NIC WONG! :p

      Nessy Eater responded:
      September 29, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      Thank you Irene! It was hard to even get a slice of that beef…maybe because someone was hogging it the entire time…*point fingers at Irene* 😛

      And YES, it’s NIC WONG 😀

    Shanshan Lam (@food_religion) said:
    September 28, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    been dying to come here! everything looks so good

      Nessy Eater responded:
      September 29, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      It is worth visiting, but I’d suggest go with a small group of four peeps, so you can sample a bit of everything. 😀

    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said:
    September 29, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Aww what great pics of the group of you! And that king crab omelette looks amazingly good!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      September 29, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      It’s rare to see photos of food bloggers “behind the scenes”. I absolutely loved watching other foodie friends twist and turn the body just to take one photo of the food.

      OH MY! That omelette, seriously delish!

    Amanda @ Gourmanda said:
    September 29, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Haha, how funny is the photo of everyone taking photos? That’s when you know you have a food blogger event!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      September 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      It’s amazing how everyone in the photo had their own little space to take a photo of the food. I crack up all the time when I look back at the photo-HAHA.

    gourmetgetaway said:
    September 29, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Great styling and all look yum, too! Lol, sometimes it’s great to have a not-so-great looking food that taste divine! You won’t have too many competitors digging in ;).

    Gourmet Getaways

      Nessy Eater responded:
      September 29, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Good one! I didn’t think of that! I will have to pull that card out for next food blogger event 😛

      Thanks for the tip! 😀

    Michael @ I'm Still Hungry said:
    September 30, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    OCTOBER 25, WE ARE COMING FOR YOU

      Nessy Eater responded:
      September 30, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      HAHA! My belly is ready 😀

        Michael @ I'm Still Hungry said:
        October 1, 2014 at 8:34 AM

        Pigging out is not an option, it’s mandatory!

        Nessy Eater responded:
        October 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        STOP IT!!! I’m too excited for this and it’s WEEKS AWAY!!! 😛

    Cassie | Journey from Within said:
    October 3, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Omg yum! The angus beef really looks so freaking amazing!
    I really want to come but do agree that it would probably feed better for a smaller group of people with the dish sizes …

      Nessy Eater responded:
      October 5, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Can’t go past that Angus beef when you’re at Cho Cho San! Seriously one heavens of a highlight 😀

    thehungrymum said:
    October 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    I returned from Japan a few days ago & your post makes me miss it even more! The food all looks amazing, esp the eggplant 🙂

      Nessy Eater responded:
      October 10, 2014 at 1:12 AM

      I hope you had a good time in Japan! I miss Japan so much that I wish I could teleport there now. Thank you for your kind words. And YES the eggplant seriously rocks!

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