At Izakaya Fujiyama, Chef Kenji Maenaka (ex-Bodega) creates dishes with a rich combination of Japanese, Latin American and Spanish flavours. This hidden gem in Surry Hills offers a good selection of sake, attractive dishes and a great atmosphere.
Chef Maenaka’s dishes are underpinned by Japanese flavours and style, but all are given his personal touch, incorporating influences from other international cuisines. From the otsumami (nibbles) selection, try the asazuke – lightly pickled vegetables in salt – a simple, authentic home-style dish, perfectly salted and a good refreshing starter. While there is plenty of choice on the regular menu, you might want to check out the specials menu, presenting some of Chef Maenaka’s creative, culture-merging dishes, such as brussels sprouts with labne – a far cry from traditional Japanese cuisine, but quite at home at Izakaya Fujiyama.
PSST! Chef Maenaka’s talents extend to the artistically handwritten and coloured specials menu, and floor staff are happy to elaborate on the listed dishes.