Azuma, a hidden treasure inside Sydney’s concrete jungle.
The first impression of Chifley Plaza is Chifley himself, a larger than life two dimension sculpture of our 16th Prime Minister, a very imposing train driver from Bathurst. Inside the beautiful building you will find other fine sculptures and exquisite polished stone mostly sourced from nearby quarries. Go further inside and up a level and you arrive at arguably the finest piece of art in the centre, Azuma restaurant.
There is a sense of understated calm and absolute quality in the furnishings and setting. It is a quiet restaurant, complete with some small intimate private dining rooms, an absolute joy from the modern trend to make dining halls as raucous as possible (I have no idea why this trend is popular).
The food is very much Japanese, traditional for the most part, and that is not a bad thing at all. The uncooked seafood is of the highest quality and absolutely fresh. Do start with a selection of sashimi and sushi. Move on to the slightly cooked section of the menu and try one of the dishes with a modern twist, lightly seared scallops with a little drizzle of truffle oil which sees the umami ramped up to an amazing level. Leave room for some cooked food particularly the grilled silver cod or the wagyu steak if you dare. It is all cooked superbly and served with refined elegance.
The wine list matches the menu and service. It contains the greatest hits of the very best Australian labels with some impressive wines from overseas, mostly the classic areas of France. Ocean Eight is honoured to have our Pinot Gris on this august list.
Azuma Japanese Restaurant
Level 1, Chifley Plaza, 2 Chifley Square
(Cnr. Of Phillip & Hunter Streets)
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9222 9960
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunch Monday to Friday 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Dinner Monday to Saturday 6.00pm – 10.00pm