KY-OTO


by Mackenzie Scott


Image Credit: Natalie Pham
Image Credit: Natalie Pham
Image Credit: Natalie Pham
Image Credit: Natalie Pham
Image Credit: Natalie Pham
Image Credit: Natalie Pham
Image Credit: Natalie Pham
Image Credit: Natalie Pham
Image Credit: Natalie Pham
Image Credit: Natalie Pham
Image Credit: Natalie Pham
Image Credit: Natalie Pham
Image Credit: Natalie Pham

Japan is well known for its rich and deep culture. While much of its popular culture and tech is loved around the world, nothing is more popular than its food.

Kensington Street in Chippendale is home to Spice Alley, an intimate food experience resembling a street market in Asia rather than a Sydney Street. It is also the home to KY-OTO, the first of a series of small restaurants opening in the area.

Utilising one of the small terrace homes as its setting with a traditionally inspired chefs area out the back, KY-OTO easily transports you to the streets of Japan in a mouthful.

Talking to Yuji Osaki, the head chef of KY-OTO, he explained that he aims to keep all the food as authentic as possible. Moving to Sydney from his hometown of Nagasaki in the north west of Japan, the chef’s knowledge and love of food is reflected in the dishes.

Nothing yells Japanese street food more than takoyaki. The octopus balls covered in batter and served with various sauces taste like they are straight from the street vendor. With a great texture and the chewiness of perfectly cooked octopus, you will definitely be going back for seconds. With a side serving of tender edamame, you can’t go wrong.

And then you get to the ramen. This is one food that is popular around the world. Nothing like the packet stuff you grab from the supermarket for a quick meal, KY-OTO delivers the real deal just as fast. With an in-house made soup toped with the traditional bean sprouts and egg, the authenticity the food is visible (and tasted).

Then we move on to the teriyaki salmon which was a standout. Basted salmon in rich teriyaki sauce cooked to perfection. Falling apart and served with sticky rice, this is one meal that will fill you up and leave you wanting more.

Kyoto is the cultural capital of the country with lots of historical significance. It is obvious why the city was chosen as the restaurants namesake. There are many small details in the furnishings such as red paneling to echo the religious shrines and images of geisha’s by world-renowned graffiti artist Scott Marsh, no-one could mistake the respect shown to the country.

For an authentic dining experience, KY-OTO is place you wont want to miss. Great food at a good place is always hard to come by, but this mini-restaurant has nailed it. Whether you are visiting on a lunch break, between classes or want to head out for the night,  you don’t have much further to look.

Where: Spice Alley behind Kensington Street
When: Monday – Sunday 11am – 10pm 
Contact: kensigntonstreet.com.au | (02) 8823 8818

 

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