Woo, lucky me it’s Date night!
Brought with me the lovely Charla to Niji Restaurant & Bar in Double Bay, Sydney for some delicious Japanese cuisine.
An intimate atmosphere with a nautical inspired decor of curved wooden slates covering the roof and dim lighting.
Can’t wait to get our drink on!
Given the option of sitting at a table or at the bar, we chose the latter as Charla and I are curious cats and enjoy watching the sushi chef slicing and cooking our food.
We began with an entrée of Spicy Truffle Edamame – soy beans, shichimi pepper, truffle oil, sea salt. An enticing spicy flavour which had us licking our fingers craving for more.
Cocktails followed soon after with a Sombruso in Season – Calle 23 Tequila, Mango, Pineapple, Terragon, Agave Nectar & Sparkling Sake,
and a Combo on the Beach – 3 Rums, Passionfruit, Fresh Pineapple, Spiced Syrup, Falerum & Absinth
Customer service was impeccable, carefully explaining the ingredients and method of each dish and cocktail that arrived in front of us.
Next we had the Wagyu Tataki which consisted of thin slices of Wagyu beef, grapeseed oil, yuzu-ponzu, sesame, chives & ginger.
Delicious, light yet full of flavour, this was one of our favourite dishes of the night.
California Roll filled with Queensland Spanner crab, tobiko (flying fish roe) & avocado
Perhaps the best dish of the night was the Nasu Dengaku which is eggplant, dark miso, ao-nori, sesame and baby herbs. Scoop it out with a spoon, it was warm and full of that miso and ao-nori flavour. It had our tastebuds yearning for more.
After that amazing dish came the crispy Prawn Cigars – Pastry wrapped Tiger Prawns with orange infused Sweet Chilli sauce and Tempura crunch.
And the tender Wagyu Kushayaki made with Wagyu 7+, Amayaki and Sansyo Pepper.
Robata – Charcoal Grilled Asparagus with yuzu compound butter & sea salt. Please sir, can we have some more?!
Tried out the Wet Sting – consisting of mezcal, umeshu, maraschino, yuzu juice, ginger-honey syrup and Niji describe it as ‘when Mexico and Japan meet up in Italy’. If you like really strong yet sour citrusy cocktails, you’ll love this. Personally, I didn’t enjoy it and don’t think I’d be ordering it again.
Finally, it’s dessert time with a delicious Yuzu Meringue. Smooth Yuzu cream, crunchy Diamond biscuit, Meringue & an amazing Black Sesame Ice cream. Yes, this is a must order from the Niji menu.
Fantastic customer service, intimate vibe throughout the restaurant and great food. If you’re heading out towards the Eastern Suburbs for exceptional Japanese cuisine, Niji is the place to go!
Niji Restaurant & Bar is located at 21 Bay St, Double Bay NSW 2028 and you can book a table by calling (02) 8095 9508