It is quite literally street food at Jap's Table, with part of the menu cooked and eaten on the Chippendale footpath one sunny weekend lunch.
|Cooking yakitori on the footpath at Jap's Table, Abercrombie Street, Chippendale|
The sweet, smoky smells of the charcoal grill attracted quite a few looks from both passing pedestrians and cars.
|Japanese soft drinks|
|Negi toro maki sushi roll|
The negi toro roll comprised a filling of minced raw toro tuna belly mixed with shallots, and wasn't bad but I could have used a touch of soy sauce which wasn't to be found.
The ramen was pretty fair sized with the Yokohama one topped with Japanese style chashu roast pork, half a soft boiled egg, spinach, sliced shallots and two sheets of nori seaweed.
The soup was decidedly tasty and porky while the noodles were on the softer side of al dente, with chilli paste additions were available on the side.
|Yakitori grill and chef|
|(From top) Chicken liver, thigh and skin yakitori|
The thigh, juicy with crunchy outer bits, was easy to love. The liver was overcooked, making it difficult for me (not a huge liver lover) to stomach.
I had high hopes for the chicken skin, which appeared as squares of skin folded and skewered, pretty much like they do in Japan. The texture was more rubbery than crisp like rendered skin would be; enjoyable for a little to start with but then completely and overwhelmingly too fatty.
Jap's Table is certainly waving the flag for street food in Sydney, and I can't wait to see it and the Sydney street food movement evolve.