Restaurant of the Week: Yachiyo Japanese Bistro Mosman
Although Japanese restaurants around the Lower North Shore are fairly abundant, the recent revival of Yachiyo has provided a breath of fresh air by delivering fine Japanese cuisine ‘with a twist’. Located at the endpoint of Military Road in Mosman, Yachiyo has been redesigned with a new fit out and menu constructed by head chef Mitsuhiro Yashio and manager Sebastian Kadas.
Yachiyo prides itself on creating a homely dining experiencing with the highest level of quality and food presentation. Their reimagination of classical Japanese dishes allows patrons to broaden their culinary horizons. The knowledge imparted by manager Sebastian allow for all tastes to be catered for with a dash of education, most noteworthy being his recommendation for cold sake over hot, at least until Mosman dips into a sub zero climate. The Sake tasting is highly recommended, with three different variations offered in order to choose your poison to accompany your meal, each with contrasting floral, rich and dry tones.
Their infamous Pork Katsu Bun is rumoured to draw the masses from far and wide. Fortunately Yachiyo’s menu is designed to encourage sharing, allowing everyone to sample their range of small plates, sushi and sashimi. The Tuna Sashimi with Ponzu Jelly and the Popcorn Shrimp should be in the 'must order' category, as the dynamic twist on these Japanese favourites are something that won’t be found elsewhere.
The generosity of the mains at Yachiyo again complement their shareability. The Sesame Katsu Chicken can easily be shared between three people, however be sure to leave room for the Slow Cooked Pork Rib, with seemingly endless flavours.
Yachiyo appears to perfectly fill the void that is family friendly fine dining in every sense of the word. A combination of friendly service with a comprehensive menu that has something for everyone, all centralised in casual suburbia, long may they reign.