The name itself calls for attention. When I first read about Cho Cho San, it was the name of the restaurant that caught my eye. And after reading many positive reviews, I was keen to check it out.
A few weeks ago, there was an opportunity to have lunch here and it was nice that we could actually book a table for lunch. As opposed to get there early and queue up for a table! When I stepped into the restaurant, my first impressions were bright, light, clean, and modern! I felt excited to be here! The great lighting in the restaurant brought a big food blogger's smile to my face! :)
What's so interesting about Cho Cho San is none of the people at the helm are of Japanese origin and yet the menu is Japanese focused with a modern interpretation.
The menu is divided into Small dishes, Raw bar, Hibachi grill, Others, Sweets and Feed Me Please.
From the Small dishes section, we chose:
Silken tofu in tomato dashi - super smooth tofu with a delicious, flavourful yet subtle dashi. Very elegant broth but so good!
Tempura pumpkin - the pumpkin was soft and sweet with a contrasting texture of the crunchy tempura batter.
Fried chicken - a generous plate of what I would say was a very popular dish with us. The mayo went so well with the fried chicken.
Prawn bun - I wish I could have had more of this. A warm and toasted bun which cradled a beautiful mix of sweet prawn meat which had touches of mayo. Yum to the max! More please! :)
From the Raw bar, we chose the Petuna Ocean Trout, black pepper and wasabi. This was seriously fresh and showed the quality of the ocean trout. Loved it!
From the Hibachi Grill, we had the Soy Glazed Angus Beef. Perfectly seared, with a lovely touch of pink. Deliciously salty yet tender.
From the Others section we had:
King Crab omelette with Japanese curry. It was a nice dish, wish I had more morsels of the crab meat but I did enjoy the Japanese curry combination. The curry sauce was not overwhelming, enough in it to give flavour to the omelette. I liked how the omelette was fried to the point where there were super crunchy bits.
Udon Noodles, Pork and Chilli. Actually we had a bowl without the chilli for the kids to eat. And another with the chilli. I must confess I do love my udon noodles and I couldn't wait to try these. The udon could have been a bit more al dente but I still enjoyed it. The chilli did not hit me immediately. It was so subtle and the more I ate the more I was starting to sweat. It was then I realised how spicy it was but not the 'in your face' kind! Gently subtle but what a kick at the end! :)
We had to find space for dessert. I was itching to try out the Instagram famous soft serves of the matcha kind. But the menu has changed since then and the soft serves were Banana with bits of peanut and swirls of caramel served in cones on a bed of white rice. Talk about theatrical but I loved it! The soft serve was delicious, sweet and crunchy and slightly salty from the caramel. And the nice surprise was when I got to the end of the cone, a big taste of caramel hit me then! Happy times!
I am glad I was not disappointed with Cho Cho San. The food was good, authentic but yet interesting. The service was excellent. Admittedly it was above average prices but I had no issue paying for the quality of the food.
Cho Cho San
73 Macleay Street
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