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Chinatown, located in Haymarket of Sydney, is a convenient district with many Asian stalls and restaurants, not limited to Chinese cuisine. One small restaurant you will find literally on the corner of Chinatown (in front of Market Citt) is Kura. At Kura, you will be able to find almost anything Japanese, including ramen, udon, okonomiyaki (pancakes), sushi and rice bowls. It's a great way to have your little lunch, or even an afternoon snack, as there is quite a variety and sizes you can choose from.
It was already past 2PM this day as we woke up a little late, and we did not have anything to eat until this meal. We ordered the Unagi-don (above) which is a rice bowl with a grilled eel. This was absolutely delicious as it uses a traditional sauce to cover up that piece of eel meat. Phuong ordered a Chirashi-sushi (below) which is a deconstructed sushi bowl - a rice bowl with many types of sashimi on top. This is yet another refreshing way to start our late afternoon and was delicious.
If you just wanted to have a light snack though, you are also in the right place. There are many Japanese entree snacks you can order from, of which we decided to go for the Takoyaki (octopus balls). This one was very hot and saucy, crisp on the outside and gluey on the inside, with a tiny octopus meat that had a great texture. Topped up with bonito flakes, the flavour was dancing in my mouth.
Overall, Kura is a great lunchtime, late afternoon lunch, or late dinner option for those you crave for Japanese hunger. The seating space in the restaurant is pretty cramped, but you can avoid this during quieter hours which is usually before 11AM and after 9PM. Though the selections are great, service can be a little bit better as staff are conscious of getting you choose your meal quick and leave so they can turnaround the table for the next customer. Kura also has a sister property right next door, that leads you upstairs for people who can to have a better dining experience for a larger group of friends. Menu is pretty much the same as well. It's a definite return from me as I do miss my Japanese food!
Kura KUra, Chinatown Sydney
Address: 76 Ultimo Road, Haymarket, Sydney 2000
Opening Hours: 10:30 - 23:30
Average spend: $15 - $30
Access: 6 minutes walk from Central station, right in front of Market city.
Born in Japan, brought up in Hong Kong and currently living in Sydney, Australia.
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