Cammeray NSW 2062
Ph. (02) 9904 2277
Hours: Mon - Sat 6pm - late
This is undoubtedly one of our favourite restaurants serving an incredible range of Sake and Shochu, with the most authentic Japanese food you will find in Sydney. Toriciya is an Izakaya style restaurant which is best described as a Japanese tapas bar, whereby the menu revolves around enhancing and complimenting the vast varieties of Sake and Shochu on offer.
With four pages of Sake & Shochu to choose from, you are sure to find something to your liking and if you are unsure, just ask the owner Sakae, who is happy to assist you. He has an extensive knowledge of Sake and Shochu and has just begun his very own blog site. Check it out at: http://sakewajunmai.blogspot.com/
The Sakes on offer are Junmai-shu (pure rice wine) and Junmai-Ginjoshu (which are fermented at a low temperatures for a longer period). Each have been hand selected by the owner from small boutique sake breweries across Japan. Jumai sakes are also best served warm however you can choose to have it either hot or cold.
Shochu is a distilled spirit. Toriciya have barley, sweet potato, rice, sugar cane and Thai rice varieties on offer. It can be served with ice or with cold or hot water. Glasses of Sake and Shochu start from $13 per glass. For those who like their beer, Toriciya serve Japanese beers: Yebisu & Sapporo.
If any of the Sakes or Shochus do take your fancy, Sakae also has an online store http://www.sakenet.com.au/. He is also currently supplying several Japanese restaurants across Sydney.
We just love the decor and the atmosphere of this restaurant. Traditional Japanese music, old 1950s posters on the wall and the warm friendly service always make us feel like we are back in Japan.
The food is also very authentic. The small tapas style portions are served to enhance the flavours of the Sake and Shochu. Some of their signature dishes include:
- Crab Brain (Kanimiso) $5.00
- Grilled Mackerel (Saba) $13.50
- Deep Fried Calamari Legs (Ikageso) $8.50
- Angler Fish Liver (Ankimo) $11.50
- Japanese Style Potato Salad with Spicy Cod Roe (Mentai Potato) $8.50
- Sesame Salad (Goma Salad) $10.50
- Rice & Grilled Salmon in Soup (Sakecha) $10.00
- Riceballs (Onigiri) $5.00
Crab Brains (Kanimiso) - salty, fishy and has a creamy paste like consistency. Perfect with Sake.
Marinated Wasabi Stem - Absolutely amazing. This was one of their daily specials which unfortunately is not on their regular menu.
Deep Fried Calamari Legs - Always a crowd pleaser.
Toriciya's specialty is Yakitori, the first Yakitori bar in Sydney and we believe it can take merit for being the best Yakitori in town. Yakitori is traditionally grilled chicken parts on skewers. Their selection includes (prices are per skewer):
- Thigh $2.50
- Wing $3.00
- Meatballs $2.50
- Skin $2.50
- Quail Eggs $2.50
- Giblets $2.50
- Liver $2.50
- Thigh & Shallot $2.50
- Pork $2.50
Chicken Wing Yakitori & Pork Skewers
Toriciya is perfect for Sake and Shochu connoisseurs alike. If you know your Sake and Shochu, and if you appreciate traditional, authentic Japanese Izakaya style food, this is the place for you. We've even spotted Tetsuya dining here!
Please note that there is a minimum charge of $50/person and that the portions are tapas sized. Seating is limited so we'd recommend that you do make a reservation ahead of time.