Previously a Zushi outlet on Victoria Street, the same owners have transformed the very narrow space (right next door to Gelato Messina) into a dimly-lit Japanese izakaya with an impressive collection of Japanese craft beers alongside nibbles and skewers designed to soak up the alcohol.
|Ocean Kujukuri Pilsner (left) and Yona Yona Ale tinnie (right) |
at Biru Biru, Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
The Victorian-brewed Robot Ninja rice lager was a first for me; beer with an entirely new, softer flavour profile which I look forward to learning about and sampling more.
|Fresh tuna salad, nashi pear, miso sesame dressing|
There was a bit of a wait for our first dish of raw tuna salad, topped with sticks of nashi pear that had me thinking of the Korean-style yukke raw beef dish.
The mild, creamy miso sesame dressing just coated the mixed leaves in this unusual but somewhat unconnected salad.
|Seasonal vegie and prawn kushiyaki skewers|
|Pork belly and enoki kushiyaki skewers|
|Wagyu beef and red onionkushiyaki skewers|
|Chicken and spring onion kushiyaki skewers|
|Lotus root chips|
|JPC - Japanese popcorn chicken, honey mayo|
|Crisp fried school prawns|
|Sticky pork ribs, chilli miso, kimchi|
Situated right next door to Sydney's original legendary gelateria, it's no surprise Biru Biru doesn't have a dessert menu.
We finished off our beers and hopped next door to Gelato Messina, into the queue for apple pie gelato and cherry sorbet.
|Gelato from Gelato Messina, Victoria Street, Darlinghurst|