Izakaya dining is one of the most fun experiences you can have at Yebisu Izakaya inside Regent Place on George Street Sydney as their menu serves a wide range of pub food that is based wholly on Japanese cuisine. Dishes are more for snacking while drinking but there’s no issue with ordering a bit of everything that can easily turn into a feast. Make sure when your drinks arrive even if it’s water, hold them up like brave samurai warrior after a fierce battle and shout “KAMPAI!” at the top of your lungs. (Kampai in Japanese means cheers)
Mini Spread of Yebisu Izakaya Menu
Lines are CRAZY at Yebisu Izakaya even on a week night.
We were greeted by a lovely Japanese waitress and she explained the menu as well how to use the touch screen to order. One highlight about technology is once you have finalised your dishes and beverages, you can go to the section where it indicates “total bill” and it will show you the total amount you spent. It’s a friendly way to keep track of your wallet so you don’t leave crying…haha.
Touch Screen Menus have landed at Yebisu Izakaya.
Hard Copy Menu just in case we ain’t IT savvy.
The takoyaki curry cheese fondue ($10.80) can melt any ones heart even on Valentine’s Day. It was quite a thick creamy mixture with cheese and seafood pieces served with takoyaki balls that were flawlessly golden brown all around. The bite-size takoyaki balls married so well with the fondue. There was definitely a bold curry flavour and a touch of sweetness from the cheese. Cheese is the spice of life as one would say.
Takoyaki Curry Cheese Fondue ($10.80)
I gave a lot of attention to the grilled cheese seafood gyoza ($12.80) as it similarly tasted like a pizza with a slab of tomato paste in the center that was buried by melted cheeeeeessssssse. Best part of this dish was pulling apart the filling with chunks of prawn and the CHEESE BABY THE CHEESE SAUCE.
Grilled Cheese Seafood Gyoza ($12.80)
Look at the cheeesssseee melt….THINK ABOUT THE CHEEEESE!
Complimentary wet towel when you get in a cheesy situation.
There was a whole variety of alcoholic beverages but we picked the fruity drink that was the fresh peach calpico chuhai ($9.80). It’s an easy sweet way to start the party as the fresh mashed pieces of peach swirled around the entire cup and the chuhai was strong and diluted well with the un-carbonated calpico.
Peach Calpico Chuhai ($9.80)
We opt for one of the simplest and tastiest dish salomon chazuke ($9.30) that consisted of nothing more than a grilled salmon piece and green tea with some herbs and to garnish fresh straws of spring onions.
Salomon Chazuke ($9.30)
My tongue was so spellbound by the teas flavour blending with the salmon base making it a light broth. Now the real hidden treasure was the Japanese rice because it had soaked up all that broth and fish flavours.
Spotted a salmon piece in our Salomon Chazuke.
The Japanese wagyu beef skewer ($7) didn’t need to be heavily tossed and turned with salt as its natural flavour, obviously coming from the fat was incredibly rich to showcase on its own. The beef was exquisitely marble for peak juicy flavour and grilled to perfection that turned out to be an A+ for us.
Unfortunately I wasn’t into the chicken breast ($4.50) as it didn’t captivate my tastebuds due to the lack of flavours, however the ume sauce gave it a sting which was slightly zesty but sadly didn’t match my jam.
The chicken meat ball ($6) that was almost the size of a corn dog comprises a mixture of flavours and textures. When I popped the wobbly poached egg it was like watching a horror film. It oozed out slowly and my face would look traumatised when the chicken meat ball was dunked into it. There was a happy outcome to it as it tasted garlicky, slightly salty but covered with egg yolk added that delightful sweet palate.
Left to Right: Wagyu Beef Skewer ($7), Chicken Breast ($4.50) & Chicken Meat Ball with Poached Egg ($6)
Very popular at Yebisu Izakaya!
Apparently every hour there’s a sake trolley that comes around just to remind you how you should party like if you were in Japan.
We don’t usually have sake but tasting a shot of Nanbu Bijin Sake sure introduced us to a whole new world of flavours. There was a clean fragrance and flavour that reminiscent to green pears that easily made us want another shot. As for the Uonuma Sake this is best well known for their style to be dry but light texture with a crisp clean of savory taste.
Nanbu Bijin Sake & Uonuma Sake
There was a lot of heart and soul in the Tom Yum Goong Roll ($9.80- 4P) as it looked garden-fresh with tempera prawns rolled in a swimming pool of fish roe and decorated with all sorts of greens including lettuce and coriander with large dollops of Tom Yum sauce. Definitely the most unique flavour roll I’ve come across but I would much prefer my tastebuds to try something more traditional in this case. Overall great efforts if you like all things chilli.
Tom Yum Goong Roll ($9.80- 4P)
Our final main had arrive and we were already up in the air like we just don’t care after a few sake shots, but the show much go on and for today’s sushi plate ($19.80) was a pleasant way to finish. This to share plate included four pieces of salmon and avocado roll, salmon nigiri, tamago nigiri, scallop nigiri, tuna nigiri and yellow tail nigiri. It was an easy way to finish as all the nigiris flavours naturally came from the fish itself and yes it was mighty fresh.
Today’s Sushi Plate ($19.80)
That spread of wine and sake. Need a wall like that at home 😀
If you’d like to watch what’s happening in the Yebisu Izakya kitchen then sitting at the sushi bar area would be the best seat in the house for that experience.
Yebisu Izakya is a great place to chill for small to large gatherings or even after work humans. If you’re not in the mood for alcoholic drinks and prefer eating then this would be the spot as there menu is so extensive, you’d want to order it all as it is catered to share. Price wise is fairly okay however we’d suggest to go with at least four people if you’d like to try a bit of everything but overall fantastic hang out as the decors and atmosphere feels like you’re in Japan.
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Don’t feel guilty about going straight to the bar and ordering endless amounts of cocktail, tapas and dessert at Onyx Lounge, near Newtown Station. This romantic bar specialises in adults only drinks and has over 120 cocktails you can choose from, from their menu. Yes, this bar allows you to create your own mini tapas party for the evening with the choice of share plates, mains, pizza and burgers. Seconds from Cuckoo Callay, this newish bar is surprisingly gorgeous and hidden upstairs. Keep an eye out for the Onyx sign on King Street, Newtown.
You can easily spot Onyx with this sign.
Speechless when I first walked in.
Deciding what to eat at Onyx.
I love the look of the swanky Fairyfloss cocktail ($16.90). This beverage is without doubt a girly drink because it’s so hard to hide behind the curtains with the contagious colour of pink. A large pile of fairyfloss was swimming in vodka and strawberry coulis.
Fairyfloss cocktail ($16.90)
If no one orders this Blue Galactic cocktail ($16.90) then you need to move to another galaxy. The idea of bringing vodka, blue curacao, lemon, and berry coulis is brilliant. It is possible to believe we didn’t order another one because it was the most desirable cocktail for the evening.
Blue Galactic cocktail ($16.90)
We cheated a little with the Quesadilla Chicken ($14), conning our way by chucking a few slices of chorizo. However the marinated chicken strips, mozzarella cheese on a flour tortilla served with avocado dipping sauce seriously knows how to knock your face with burst of flavours.
Quesadilla Chicken ($14)
Remember to look carefully at the Chorizo and Potato ($14) as it was a bit of a roller-coaster of flavour and fun with Spanish pork chorizo slices, chat potato chunks in an oven roasted roma tomato and smokey chipotle chilli jam. I found the chorizo to be very tasty as it literally brings the heat to this dish. I was challenged to go fire walking with the tomato and chipotle chilli jam.
Chorizo and Potato ($14)
It is compulsory to order the Deep Fried Tasmanian Heritage Brie ($10). The cranberry sauce brings the best out of the fried brie. It’s kind of like a stepping stone of new flavours. This dish brought a confident smile out of me. Under enormous pressure from Almighty Princess, I ordered another one of these because our hearts couldn’t stop melting for these.
Deep Fried Tasmanian Heritage Brie ($10)
You know how to make my heart melt fried brie ❤
Discover the Spicy Italian Meatballs ($16) as you attempt to give your tastebuds some character. There is no way you won’t connect with these meatballs because every bite full contains that extra heat to your body. The texture is faultless with a bouncy chewiness centre with the splash of the homemade tomato sauce and shaved parmesan atop, it lets your tongue enter a whole new world. If you’re craving for some spice, better feed your intestines with this bowl of meatballs.
Spicy Italian Meatballs ($16)
Back in the day I remember that fairy god mothers would sprinkle rainbows on my toast but when you’re 18+ the 100 & 1000s cocktail ($16.90) is the new way of seeing rainbows and butterflies. This cocktail contained vodka, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice. It goes down sweet with the extra colours.
100 & 1000s cocktail ($16.90)
Almighty Princess and I were set to order desserts, so it occurred to me that the Pistachio Ice-Cream ($10) appeared to look classic on their menu, so what we did best is order it. However, something about the presentation didn’t seem right. I felt like it didn’t have its own identity and it was chilling to see it look like this. But the scoop and half ice-cream had flavours of pistachio, fig & honey and buried undernealth berry coulis with fresh crushed pistachio nuts which made me ask for more.
Pistachio Ice-Cream ($10)
It’s hard not to love the Flaming Chocolate Tarte ($10) on a Friday night, especially if your dessert gives you a front-row seat to see it go on FIRE. Which mine did. I’m a sucker for the quirky tricks and creative spirit when a restaurant offers this kind of ingredient.
Flaming Chocolate Tarte ($10)
This chocolate tarte is a really decadent and it’s so entertaining to witness my dessert in flames. The tart filling is an absolute delight and will make your your mouth water with semi-sweet chocolate, and sweet pastry. Add a spoonful of vanilla ice-cream to lighten the rich texture, but create a creamy flavour.
Never thought I’d be happy that my dessert would go up in flames.
There’s an array of flavours and textures in Onyx’s menu. For me though, the soul of the menu is in the cocktails and nibbles. From the minute I walked upstairs and noticed the fairy lights, my heart instantly skipped a beat. I naturally started thinking this place is a hot spot in every sense for Newtown with chilled, classy interior and cosy seats. Onyx Restaurant & Cocktail Bar is great for after work drinks and can easily turn it into a romantic date.
Photos by Vanny Tang
Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended as a guest with $100 voucher, thanks to Onyx Restaurant & Cocktail Bar.
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The Carlisle Bar near Kings Cross station gives a splash of up-town Manhattan bar experience with split level bar and nightclub sprawling along Darlinghurst Road. The champagnes flowed freely at the launch, waiters constantly making endless stream of cocktails. Celebrity chef Chrys Xipolitas designed the menu, adding an Asian and Mediterranean twist while bar manager Benjamin Hickey focuses on putting a twist on main classic cocktails by using whiskey, gin and scotch, pairing them with some of their sweet and sour delights.
Listen up VEGGIE CONSUMERS , this tossed and turned Vegetarian Teasers ($26) dish contains chargrilled eggplant with zucchini, capsicum, marinated artichokes, semi-dried tomatoes and olives with pita is quite colourful with a really delicious and crunchy twist. There is room to dunk a piece or two crusty bread into this flavoursome mystery. Each ingredient brings out all the caramelised flavours which is super for a lovely light starter.
Vegetarian Teasers: Chargrilled eggplant, zucchini, capsicum, marinated artichokes, semi-dried tomatoes, olives with pita and crusty bread ($26)
From the very first bite of the the Tortilla Chips ($16) with fresh chunks of avocado, chopped coriander chilli and a squirt of lime kicked off with a bang in my mouth. This oversized vegetarian dip highlights a dab of sweetness, tiny invisible coriander chilli are like hidden gems. Strictly speaking, the lime kept everything reFRESHing , making you feel more relaxed.
Fresh avocado, coriander chilli and fresh lime dip. Thanks Sherrie from Crystal Noir for pausing.
Marinated olives and fresh pita
With a soft, silky, textured centre and luscious stringy stretch, this Grilled haloumi cheese ($14), topped with purple grape and balsamic reduction kept its promise with explosion of flavours. There’s something about this haloumi that I found rather exquisite. The sharp grilled freshness of this haloumi kicked butt! I probably don’t come across this homemade cheese as often but I did notice it wasn’t squeaky like other haloumis I’ve eaten. It is best to eat it whilst it is still hot so you can taste the light but filling springy white cheese. Unlike most haloumi cheese, this robust cheese is not as salty rather more milky in flavour. It is true The Carlisle Bar is one of the very few places in Sydney that has haloumi this good.
Did you know the haloumi was made by an elderly yiayia (Greek grandmother)? Yeah I know right… an 86-year-old makes good cheeeesssssse.
Grilled haloumi cheese ($14)
Applause to this bartender for staying calm with all the food bloggers hovering around the bar with bright flash lights going off every few seconds. He still managed to make a few KILLER COCKTAILS.
Bartender preparing Clover Club
If you’re in the mood to THINK PINK, then this S-E-X-Y Clover Club ($18) has got you covered by bringing a touch of Aviation gin, seasonal raspberry, lemon and egg white into a glass. This playful cocktail is the cool kind of way to really get you hooked. With the smooth consistency of egg white, a tangy taste of lemon and the predominant flavour of jin, it would be heart-breaking not to give this ago. I believe this drink is disguised with plenty of raspberry and may often fall under the girly drink, but I did see a lot of males in the room trying to secretly sip the entire cocktail in one go. Teehee.
Clover Club ($18)
Spotted a HEART in one of these Clover Club. Thanks Stephanie from A little bit of Tang for letting me your hand.
Can’t stress enough how good these Lightly floured and fried prawn cutlet ($18) taste. It is an ideal second course or light meal because of its SUPER crisp batter being particularly light served with 3 dipping sauce : sweet chilli plum, soy teriyaki and wasabi aioli. Honestly, this savoury dish has more than enough flavours on its own. You can taste the golden brown flavours, coriander, sliced chilli and spice. You can coat these fresh prawns with a splash of lemon to add an intense zesty taste. Without hesitation, I give this dish TWO THUMBS UP ( If only I had more thumbs… if only). Such a lip-smacking dish with juicy prawns and the soft fried filling.
Lightly floured and fried prawn cutlet
Tastiest prawns @ The Carlisle Bar, Kings Cross
It’s the bartender again! This time his making Eastside Fizz.
Time to match our prawn tapa dish with a cocktail. This time I present to you Eastside Fizz ($18) offering Beefeater gin, lime, Perrier water and to garnish mint plus added sweetness, off course. It’s a shake up of zingy and summery. An ultimate summer cocktail delivering a classic sweet and sour fizz and all the old favourites.
Eastside Fizz ($18)
You know those moments when you’re chicken can get kinda boring? Well not the Spicy chicken ($16)! With the use of exotic chef’s secret sauce, then BBQ’d. These marinated spicy chicken thigh fillets is one prize winning dish. It’s packed full of interesting savoury flavours for example it has a pleasant Thai coating or along the lines of something Asian cuisines.
Spicy chicken ($16)
Can you guess what this cocktail is?
South of The Border ($18) knows how to show off its charm right in front of me. It’s a collection of Tequila, Mezcal, passionfruit, lime and vanilla. A definite caffeine cocktail kick with substantial amount of tequila. The best part of this drink is nibbling on a slice of cucumber that is infused with cocktail flavours. It consists a subtly sweet taste and fairly cleansing effect on your body with the mezcal.
South of The Border ($18)
The Carlisle Bar is so clever to organise live entertainment for some bloggers like me, who are too shy to introduce themselves for the first time outside a monitor. It was lovely listening to Angelina Ciccotti sing, whilst Adrian Petlevanny plays the guitar.
Live entertainment featuring: Guitarist Adrian Petlevanny and singer Angelina Ciccotti |Photo credit to The Carlisle Bar
This bartender is just so happy making our cocktails he couldn’t hide his smile.
Adding a twist and garnish to our final cocktail.
For our final cocktail Blood & Sand ($18) – I was excited to taste the Chivas, Cherry & Herring, Anitca Formula, Ardbeg and fresh orange. It’s a drink that doesn’t have the most appetising of names, however this old fashion classic can bring to the table a little hint of smoke coming from the ultimate malt scotch whisky, Ardbeg. The aroma is breathtaking with the fruity floral sweetness however this beverage is best served for the mature audiences.
Blood & Sand ($18)
The most tender cut of beef would be the Beef tenderloin ($24) – This is a very special beef serving with bourbon jus and garlic crisps. I hear it has been rolled in mixed peppers before being barbecued. It’s known for its mild flavour and juicy succulence, however the meat itself is a tad hard to chew. But overall an absolutely fabulous finish to all tapas degustation.
Beef tenderloin ($24)
Cooked to perfection: Medium rare, just the way I like it.
So lucky to visit one of the VIP rooms.
Refreshments of Perrier water before we say our goodbyes.
It was almost the end of the night and the gorgeous Bonnie announced the winner of a social media competition. Basically food bloggers were busy snapping away and uploading onto Instagram in hopes of winning a night of luxury bottle service. It was The Gook who won due to endless likes by the end of the night on her Instagram. As for the rest of the food bloggers including myself, we didn’t leave empty handed. Each food blogger received $50 drink voucher. HOORAY !!!!!
With impressive split level venue : front bar, main club and VIP room. The Carlisle Bar is the perfect setting for after work or an endless night out. Designed to meet your desired experience with an added up-town Manhattan theme. It’s no surprise their cocktail and share menu is becoming a popular demand with 20 years of experience to The Carlisle Bar, celebrity chef Chrys Xipolitas ensures every guests palates are pleased.
Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended Sydney Food Blogger Cocktail & Tapas Degustation courtesy of The Carlisle Bar (opportunity provided by Bonnie Wu). Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.
Photos by Vanny Tang
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