You name it, it’s got it. The Lower North Shore may not be known for its exotic dining scene, but don’t underestimate it. With every style of Asian cuisine your heart desires, you’ll be up to your eyeballs as much in Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Thai (the list goes on) fare your heart desires. Below are our top 10 spots in Sydney’s LNS for seriously good Asian dining.
The unmistakable orange building on Falcon Street has forever been known for their delectable bowls of ramen - their diehard fans often forming a queue that stretches around the corner. The Ton Kotsu ramen in miso soup with egg, roast pork, shallots and bamboo shoots is so delicious you’ll slurp it down in mere minutes. It would hardly be a rounded meal without a serve of gyoza, and the kimchee provides that addictively satisfying heat.
125 Falcon Street, Crows Nest
With a menu dreamed up by Mitsuhiro Yashio, Yachiyo’s delectable Japanese offering is a pleasure to explore. Using incomparably fresh produce, the sashimi and sushi roll selection is worth lingering over, while the popcorn cauliflower with chilli sesame dressing and wagyu tataki are utterly moreish. Yakitori and hot-pots are available for a more substantial meal, and the ‘I love you very Mochi’ dessert is a sweet as it sounds.
161 Middle Head Road, Mosman
Offering creative Japanese cuisine in a light-filled space, and with traditional Japanese seating available, you’ll likely add this to your regulars list after paying a visit. Start off with the sashimi tacos and lettuce cups with crispy chicken, before indulging in the grilled duck fillet with hachyou miso sauce. The wagyu beef Sukiyaki hot pot with tofu and vegetables is divine, and it would only be right to add a serve of the tempura scallops.
3/34-38 Burton Street, Kirribilli
Bringing two restaurants together to offer the teppanyaki and shimbashi styles of Japanese cooking. Here, you can sample both styles from wherever you perch in the traditionally designed restaurant. There is an elegance to the menus, which provide a curated offering of hand-made buckwheat noodles, tempura and sashimi, while the teppanyaki scallops and asparagus wrapped in pork belly are popular Jugemu picks.
246 Military Road, Neutral Bay
Asian fusion in the form of delectable Tapas style dishes. You’ll be treated to a myriad of flavours with something for every palate; hot, cold and charcoal tapas dishes are perfect for sharing, with the Szechuan spiced squid with lime aioli and the Vietnamese style lemongrass pork fillets both favourites. If deciding what to order proves too difficult, the mixed seasonal tapas tasting platter covers all the bases.
116 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Positioned on the northern cusp of the Lower North Shore, Chatswood is a cornucopia for lovers of Asian dining of every variety. Khao Pla’s modern Thai cuisine makes it one of the suburb’s most popular venues.The Gai Tord fried chicken wings and chargrilled baby octopus skewers are tasty starters. For something more substantial the wok tossed chicken with cashew nuts and chilli jam or red Panang curry are ideal.
7/370-374 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Korean barbeque doesn’t get much better than The Bulgogi, whose BBQ Sets are perfect for those who like to take control of the grill. While there are pork, beef, chicken and seafood BBQ options available, add some heat to your meal with spicy pork ribs or the salmon sashimi salad. The Seoul Bulgogi hotpot for two people also comes highly recommended.
380 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Indulge your udon cravings at this Chatswood haunt, boasting Kamaage, Kake and Bukkake udons, as well as Tonkotsu broth to team with those irresistibly slurp-able noodles. Tempura dishes and rice bowls are also available, with the staple teriyaki chicken rice bowl perfect for those wanting to keep things simple. The wagyu beef and egg bukkake udon is our pick of the menu.
332 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
This Sydney institution has been serving famished locals their favourite Chinese dishes since 1978. The lamb pancakes are a popular starting point, with the hot & sour soup a must-try entrée. The Mongolian garlic lamb will keep everyone happy, and you’ll want a never-ending serve of Singapore style noodles and chilli-pepper king prawns to round out the meal. Be sure to let them know if you’ve a birthday to celebrate, and you might get to wield the infamous sabre to cut the cake.
24-26 Falcon Street, Crows Nest
Jingogae Korean Restaurant
The simple, authentic Korean fare on offer at this North Sydney restaurant is ideal if you’re after a laidback, cheap meal. The Ramyum hot noodle soup is hearty and comforting, while the Bibimbap of beef, vegetable, egg and rice is immensely satisfying. The honey chicken and rice is a crowd pleaser and a hot summer’s day calls for the Nengmyun cold noodle soup to keep things light.
57 Ridge Street, North Sydney