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Restaurants go in and out of favour in
the harbour city faster than you can say
buon appetito, so to nd one that has not
only become a favourite with the locals but that has
managed to sustain as a business for 13 years is no
Meet the Uchi Lounge...
Located in a skinny little back street not far from
the Oxford St strip, Uchi Lounge o ers punters the
opportunity to kick back in the downstairs lounge to
a range of eclectic Japanese cocktails, sake and shochu
or scoot upstairs to sample the delights of chef/
restauranteur Takashi Ohuchi's Japanese fusion fare.
With a menu that is designed to share, Uchi
Lounge makes a great venue for a catch up with
friends. On an unseasonably blustery Sydney evening,
we rock up to the Uchi Lounge for a catch up over
some tasty Japanese treats. Ser vice is smiley and
friendly -- we can linger in the lounge downstairs or
go straight up to the resturant for the main event. We
order a couple of Plum wines which arrive chilled
ser ved in a Marie Antoinette glass with a single ice
cube for accompaniment. e sweet, sticky liquid
makes for the perfect start to our meal.
A selection of dishes are ordered, we can't pass up
the house specialty of Prawn and Fish Balls which
reveal sweet eshy rounds of seafood to which you
add a sprinkling of Green Tea salt -- delicious! While
the Mochi Parmesan Spring Rolls are nothing like
their Chinese counterparts -- instead they are uted
delights with a delicate avour and just the right level
of crunch. e Nikujaga turns out to be a wag yu and
potato stew with a sweet soy broth that lingers on
the tongue. King sh Sashimi with shallots, umboshi
and tamari dressing packs a zing thanks to the tamari
which adds zest without overwhelming the avour of
the sh. Miso Peri Chicken completes the trifecta --
the skin of the chicken has soaked up the marinade so
it melts o the bones.
Stu ed to the gills we contemplate dessert -- the
selection ranges from Green Tea Crème Brulee to the
likes of Japanese Pumpkin and Chocolate Tart -- but
we just can't manage it -- so we vow to return another
If you're looking for a relaxed dining experience
with good food, an original bar menu with all manner
of sake and shochu plus a great atmosphere -- why not
try Uchi Lounge -- Sydney's original sake bar!
15 Brisbane St, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010.
Bookings: 02 9261 3524.
No bookings on Friday and Saturday.
Sake it to me, baby...By Cec Busby
With a menu that is designed to share, Uchi Lounge
makes a great venue for a catch up with friends
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