Top Asian restaurants on Military Road-Spit Road

Taste top-notch food from across the world on the Lower North Shore
Jugemu and Shimbashi
Photograph: James Manning Jugemu and Shimbashi
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We have Asia to thank for some of the world's tastiest dishes: pad thai from Thailand, gyoza from Japan, pho from Vietnam and soft, deliciously chewy naan from India. And in Sydney you don't have to travel far to get authentic Asian cuisines. Here's our top picks for Asian restaurants on Military Road-Spit Road.

After dinner, why not head out for a drink at one of Military Road's nearby bars or pubs?

Top Asian restaurants on Military Road-Spit Road

Restaurants

Jugemu and Shimbashi

icon-location-pin Neutral Bay

Welcome to Shimbashi. The restaurant itself is broken into two parts – a soba noodle house and ju ge mu, which specialises in okonomiyaki and teppanyaki. But you can also order things from either part of the restaurant. The menu's huge and if you're not confident with Japanese food, the waitstaff is there to help. 

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Bangkok Betty
Photograph: James Manning
Restaurants, Thai

Bangkok Betty

icon-location-pin Neutral Bay

Bangkok Betty is notable for two reasons: excellent modern Thai food, and puns. 'You Quack Me Up', 'Once a-Prawn a Time', 'Betty’s Lamb-orghini' and 'New Squid on the Block' are some of the menu highlights at this fun and fresh Thai restaurant. Dishes here take Thai classics like massaman curry, coconut prawns and pad thai and give them a modern revamp (plus a funky name). 

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Tran's
Photograph: James Manning
Restaurants

Tran's

icon-location-pin Mosman

Opened in 1995 by chef Lanna Tran and her chirpy husband Tri, who works the floor, this place is as full as a goog by 7pm. Expect omelette-yellow banh xeo, crisp-skinned duck and soft prawn and mung bean banh beo. 

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Nikaido
Photograph: James Manning
Restaurants, Japanese

Nikaido

icon-location-pin Neutral Bay

Barbecues are to Australia what yakiniku is to Japan. 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. 

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Nilgiri's

icon-location-pin Cremorne

This all-Halal restaurant opened in Crows Nest in 1998, moving to St Leonards in 2003 and now, Military Road, Cremorne. Chef Ajoy Joshi hails from Hyderabad, India, and honed his trade at the Taj group of hotels before moving to Sydney and starting various award-winning restaurants. Nilgiri's retains its reputation as one of the best Indian diners in town and Joshi's cooking classes remain popular for adults and kids alike. 

Papaya Thai
Photograph: James Manning
Restaurants, Thai

Papaya

icon-location-pin Cremorne

Papaya offers top-notch Thai food in an upmarket setting. The lavishly decorated restaurant is covered in embroidered silk cushions, carved Buddhist sculptures, soft red light and wicker seating: it’s almost like a temple for Thai food. 

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Korean Samurai
Photograph: James Manning
Restaurants, Korean

Korean Samurai

icon-location-pin Cremorne

This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it restaurant is tucked away under the stairs at Cremorne Garden Plaza, but don’t let its ordinary shopfront fool you. Inside 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. 

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Mino

icon-location-pin Mosman

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. À la carte options are also available. 

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Plage
Photograph: James Manning
Restaurants, Fusion

Plage

icon-location-pin Cremorne

Dining at Plage is like having dinner at a friend's house – though admittedly few friends know how to cook French-Japanese fusion like Plage. The quaint dining room stands in contrast to the fine dining cuisine. 

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