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Everyone need to have their “go to” fancy restaurant. So let me introduce mine – Cho Cho San in Potts Point. My local and amazing Japanese for when i want something fancy yet still affordable.I love that it is so chic and contemporary inside, not overpriced for what it is and the food is so fresh and delicious. First time i visited Cho Cho San for lunch it literally blew my mind away and was probably the best Japanese i have ever had.
First of all the interiors are stunning, all the dishes are well set and presented. Waiting stuff is very friendly and attentive.I love the fresh minimalist approach in food and interiors, in true japanese style. The food is delicious, raw dishes are fresh and delicate as they should be.
Is this a date night venue? I’d say absolutely as it can be quite intimate (if you have a table for too) or more casual if you are sharing the table with others. There is a bit of casual wibe to it, it’s more suitable for a big group of friends. Although food is so well presented it gives that posh ” dating material” feel to it.
For the Entree i have ordered Edemame and Avocado Dip with Japanese crackers. Very delicious and a bit unusual taste ($8) and Pork Katsu Steamed Bun ($9), highly recommend the pork buns. And yes i had coffee with my food, since it was an early lunch and i needed some caffeine to function. I must add that for a Japanese restaurant they make pretty good coffees!
For main i ended up deciding on Petuna Ocean Trout with Wasabi and black Peper ($22) Oh my god, the trout sashimi is to die for! Fish literally melts in your mouth, it’s that fresh and tender. Highly recommend this dish as a main, however, it is not very filling.
The second time i went to Cho Cho San i got the same Edemame and Avocado dip, in addition to that i got Cucumber and Black Fungi Salad ($8) it was nice, but a bit too acidic for my taste. And i have also tried Miso Eggplan on a stick ($3 ea), also nice but a bit too fatty.Personally, i don’t rate those two dishes,but each to their own.
My main was raw Scampi with Kohlrabi and Ponzu($25). It’s very tender and very raw. I liked it, it does have that fishie/oceanie taste to it, that might not be for everyone. But it’s different, so i would recommend it as a sharing dish or an entree. Or maybe have it with a side of rice.
Since the dishes are very light and not over powering it makes a perfect sense to add dessert to the meal. My first time at the Cho Cho San was celebrated with the traditional green tea soft serve ($6) which was amazing and everything you would expect it to be. Light and perfect like a true soft serve.
Second time i tried Black Sesame Seed Mochi, which you eat with your hand as the mochi itself is dry and it is filled with black sesame icecream inside. I loved it, the texture, the fill, the taste, everything. Definitely try it when you visit Cho Cho San.
Cho Cho San
73 Macleay St, Potts Point NSW 2011
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