The only thing not amazing about this Japanese-influenced café is its punny name
The small-but-perfectly-formed theme carries through to the menu. There’s not much on it, but everything there has earned its place. The ham toastie equals jamón serrano, Heidi farm Gruyère, while the vego sandwich is tomato, kalamata olive and house-made ricotta. Boo-ya. Smoked salmon, pickled fennel and capers pressed between layers of toasted focaccia (from a choice of house-baked breads) is almost like geometry in its pristine lines, and the soft-yolked egg garnish is an elegant touch. Japanese tea is offered along with the (admittedly exxy) Mariage Frères teas and well-made Single Origin Coffee, and the (organic) juices and water are similarly slick. Hell, even the tap water comes from carafes purified with whopping great big pieces of Japanese charcoal.
Chef Sasaki counts Universal and Marque among his alma maters, and you can see his expertise in the clarity of his flavours and the precision of his technique. Things that are supposed to be soft are creamy and lush; things that are supposed to be crisp snap in gratifying manner. And yep, his macarons are the real deal. Whether you’re looking at the classics – well-flavoured pistachio (Sasaki’s favourite, incidentally), dark chocolate or coffee, say – or the more out-there likes of avocado and pepper or white miso (think a sort of salted-caramel character and you’re almost there), they show every sign of being right up there with Sydney’s best, combining delicacy and chew in well-judged proportion. Better still, the flavours change all the time, giving you another excuse to pay repeat visits. We’ll see you there.
21 Alberta St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 7.30am-4pm; Sat 8.30am-4pm|
|Price:||Up to $25|