Cho Cho San

4.4
214 reviews
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$40 and under
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Japanese
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Building on a successful partnership that began with celebrated Potts Point restaurant, The Apollo, Christie and Barthelmess’s Cho Cho San is an exploration of Japanese food culture.
Cho Cho San represents a cross-fertilization of ideas, we have spent time in Japan where we were inspired by their rich and multi-layered food and drink culture. With Cho Cho San, we wanted to bring some of the big-city buzz and excitement of Tokyo back to Sydney. Chef and Co-owner, Barthelmess is developing an ever-changing, seasonal menu keeping to the Japanese philosophy of simplicity where ingredients are the stars. Joined by Head Chef Nicholas Wong, working together the focus is fresh food, healthy eating, using hibachi grilling and steaming techniques.
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HC
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Very clever food combining traditional ingredients with modern techniques. Venue was pokey but well designed. Noise level can be an issue for some.

J
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 2

Fish was way over cooked it way chewy and hard to eat, completely flavorless and bland

SD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, excellent cocktails and wonderful service - perfect long lunch location.

CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Awful. Mediocre food, highly overrated. Interesting decor but we couldn’t enjoy it because of how cramped, dark, and loud this place was inside. This is a terrible place to celebrate anything.

GT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is not our first time to CHO CHO SAN. High quality service, expensive wine list, and an innovative menu are the stand outs here. They've changed the menu slightly to stay fresh. The seaweed is very strong, with most dishes being better than the next. The only one we didn't like was the squid stuffed with rice. There are too many good dishes to feedback. I would recommend CHO CHO SAN to anyone looking for great food, great service, and excellent wine. Just be prepared to pay for the experience. So its more suited to a special occasion unless you're on the expense account.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We asked for guidance from the waiter to make sure we didn’t over order - we definitely did end up over ordering notwithstanding.

Cocktails were amazing!

OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

People that arrived after us were seated before we were even though we had arrived 5 minutes early for our reservation and they had arrived 20 minutes late for theirs. This unfortunately resulted in us not being able to get the table we wanted, it doesn’t really seem fair that they got first choice for a table when they arrived late. The food was fantastic but the sake pairing often came out late when we had nearly finished the dishes they were meant to be paired with.
Overall still good, maybe they were just a bit off the night we went.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Brilliant food, each dish was different exciting and extremely delicious. Cannot rave enough.

HB
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The complete dining experience - wonderful food, attentive and knowledgeable staff, excellent wine list. Highly recommend.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Great meal! Good excellent as was restaurant. Waiter very disengaged. Otherwise arrive good. Food came quickly!

AM
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Cho Cho San is a fun place with great food and wine list. I was especially impressed with the raw fresh small plates such as the kingfish, tuna tartare and beef tartare. The special of the night was a scampi toast and it was divine. A definite winner if it is on the menu again

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Good food, but noisy, cramped and uncomfortable. Don't like the stools, fortunately we were able to move to a table.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and cocktails. Staff were extremely friendly. Will be back soon.

A
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went with a friend to try the Banquet One menu and was 100% satisfied! All the staff were friendly and attentive, and each dish came out very quickly—not to mention each dish was on point and so delicious! I’ll be coming back again for sure

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, nice restaurant, bit noisy but to meet old friends no problem. Very good and priceworthy wines.

BC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant has some of the best japans fusion dishes in the world. It is superb. Not cheap but excellent value for money.

N
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a terrific meal at Cho Cho San. Must try the pork katsu steam buns and the sesame mochi ice cream. Amazing food, great ambiance!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and coctails with good attentive service. The only downside is the noise factor and crowding.

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal in a small busy restaurant. Booking is a must for any night.

A
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and service.
The Sushi and Prawns were awesome.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great vibe, friendly service and delicious food.
If you like Japanese inspired cooking; think Miso, Wasabi and Matcha, this place is the bomb.

HD
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Good, friendly service too. My first time, and loved it.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was at great value, venue was easy to find, staff was extremely friendly and service was impeccable. Would definitely come back!

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Staff were very accommodating & friendly. Lovely ambiance, great cocktails.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just amazing mood, people, service, food. Just a pity is 16000 km from home ... really great place to be

OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cho Cho San is my favourite restaurant in the city, and has comparable cuisine to that found in Tokyo. Whatever the occasion, I can't recommend Cho Cho San enough and I will continue to venture to the venue for exceptional banquet offerings plus the plethora of drink options available.

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service, overall great vibe! We'll be back

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2017
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

We had been at the Cho Cho San restaurant the night before. The food was okay but not something that you would crave to go back for. However, we honoured our booking made for the following Saturday and arrived for our booked table five minutes early only to be shown the bar where we were to be seated. When I book a table, I book a table not a bar stool. So we left and dined at Fei Jai around the corner which was terrific.

Over our meal I received an audacious e-mail from Opentable asking me to please let them know when I wasn't turning up for a booking. It seemed that the restaurant had told them we did not arrive or honour our booking not that we had turned up but were not offered a table but only a seat at the bar! Very bad form.

I eat out most nights but won't be rushing back.

R
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Cho Cho San has always been our favorite restaurant for dinner dates and special occasion. The food is always on point and delicious. The service was excellent on our last visit. I really appreciate that the restaurant rang me before dinner to confirm my special request and accommodate other needs accordingly. I was actually sad that they no longer had the Yuzu pudding. I really wanted my friends - who never tried Cho Cho San before - to try this dessert. I hope that can come back one day. The granita with sorbet and mochi dessert still made our night. The prawns with kombu butter is always our go-to dish and it never lets us down. Big thumbs up.
I look forward to visit this restaurant again!

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Like always the food, service and atmosphere were outstanding

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great table seating 4 adults and 3 children. Food inventive and delicious-something for everyone. Fantastic waiter-really knowledgeable andout the menu and list of sake.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was absolutely fantastic. It's a modern interpretation of japanese cuisine so of you're not a big fan of Japanese food in general but your fellow diners are, you will be able to enjoy the menu as well.
The service is great as well. All servers were friendly and efficient.

U
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Always fully satisfied with the food and ambiance. Just slight touch of the service, it would be perfect. It was bit difficult to catch the waiter/waitress attention to order. As the servers were trying to deliver the dishes promptly, they seemed to have no time to engage with the customers.

But overall, as my guests and I had a good evening at Chochosan !

Thank you once again :)

BP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great, imaginative Asian fusion food - always a treat!

C
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent- even seamlessly accommodating us on a busy night after I had made a mistake in my booking. Delicious food - steamed buns are a must!

JD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Gorgeous food , intense flavours beautifully prepared.

JK
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Buzzy and fun dining space with very tasty modern Japanese cooking - reasonable price for food but not sure matching sake (3 small serves) is good value - bit overall very enjoyable evening.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great waiter, delicious food, fun vibe! Definitely recommend :)

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yummy food and friendly service. Japanese bolognese is a fave. Miso date pudding was delish.

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