The Military Road strip is a haven for cheap eating, and the most popular cuisine on this busy thoroughfare is Japanese. Whether you're craving some ocean fresh sushi, ramen or udon noodles, teppanyaki or tempura, a lunchtime bento or some izakaya snacks, these venues in Neutral Bay, Cremorne and Mosman bring the culinary spirit of Japan to the Lower North Shore. Irrashaimase!
Staff will take care of your every need as you gobble up sushi, sashimi, gyoza, tempura and teriyaki dishes. Bring a friend and try one of the Goemon's house specials like the Goemon roll – six pieces of salmon tempura sushi with cucumber and wrapped in thin slices of salmon and avocado.
Teppanyaki is how curious diners get up close to the action. And at Jugemu & Shimbashi the tradition continues. In fact, it's dual dining. One side is a traditional soba house specialising in house-made buckwheat noodles, served hot or cold, in a savoury, salty broth. Walk into the other entrance and you will enter their teppanyaki restaurant, with dark wooden slats and an eight seater teppanyaki grill in the back.
This hole-in-the-wall restaurant creates classic Japanese dishes like sushi, donburi, soba and udon soups and tempura. For an easy and filling meal order the dinner box: $25 gets you rice, miso soup, sushi, sashimi and a choice of teriyaki beef or chicken, chicken katsu, or crumbed whiting.
Don’t make yourself choose between Korean or Japanese – have both at Korean Samurai. The restaurant is stylish and intimate with barbecues at each table to let guests grill their own dinners, or they can order from the restaurant’s Korean-Japanese menu. Start with Japanese entrees like gyoza or agedashi tofu then tuck into a Korean beef bulgogi or bibimbap.
This Japanese restaurant on the Lower North Shore is known for its kaiseki banquet, a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner, and their wide sake offering. Choose from either the $49 Kaiseki menu or go all out and order the $63 menu. Either way you'll get to enjoy dishes like grilled kingfish with ginger and soy mayo, green tea soba soup, Wagyu beef sukiyaki and fresh sushi and sashimi.
Experience yakiniku (ie grilled meat dishes) for yourself at Nikaido. Situated on level one in the Grove Arcade, this Japanese restaurant lets you grill your own slices of beef, pork, chicken, seafood and vegetables at your table. The restaurant stocks a large number of Japanese beers, wines, sake, spirits and shochu.
It’s a fact – the fastest and most fun way to eat sushi is from a sushi train. Get your hit of conveyor-belt sushi at Sushi Train Cremorne. Open seven days a week, the popular sushi chain has all of your favourite types of sushi like California rolls, inari and chicken teriyaki. You can also order party platters to take away.