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AINOYA

Cuisine: Japanese

Traditional meets contemporary in this cosy, inviting Japanese restaurant. Different seating options can shape the experience: choose between regular tables and chairs or book one of the window tables with traditional horikotatsu seating, set in the floor. The menu contains mostly familiar dishes, many with innovative touches, such as sashimi tacos $12. Traditional gyu tataki of thinly sliced rare beef and a housemade dressing $14 is a lovely cleanser to start. The aburi sushi platters, where the sushi pieces are lightly blow-torched and dipped in a special teriyaki sauce, are among Ainoya’s signature dishes and great for sharing, starting from $14. Mains include wagyu beef sukiyaki hotpot $27 and an ever-changing list of blackboard specials. There is an extensive sake list, too.

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GARFISH

Cuisine: Japanese,Seafood

The key word at Garfish is fresh — specials change every day, depending on what’s best at the fish market on the day, and the entire menu gets a makeover four times a year. But every season you’ll find oysters. Share a half-dozen plate of natural, fried and shot oysters $20.60 as a cleanser, then perhaps try scallop ceviche $20. A version of Moroccan fish tagine with nutty chermoula, tangy preserved lemon and couscous $26.50 could be on and snapper pie, a pastry-encrusted ramekin of fish, broccolini, roasted garlic and a bechamel-based sauce $34, is a definite. It’s the only main that appears on the menu at all three Garfish locations. The other two are in Crows Nest and Manly.

 

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