CBD offices may not have returned to pre-pandemic occupancy levels, but that hasn’t slowed down Sydney’s seemingly insatiable appetite for restaurant launches.
The Japanese restaurant Kazan Dining opened its doors on Wednesday 8 June at 25 Martin Place, already home to recent arrivals Aalia, Botswana Butchery and White + Wongs.
It is the team behind Canberra It restaurant Inka’s first foray into Sydney. But some may remember co-owner Kiehyon Yoo as the opening GM in Toko, which recently closed in Surry Hills ahead of a move to the CBD.
“Kazan was a Japanese emperor known as a peacemaker and artist,” Yoo says. “It’s also the Japanese word for volcano.”
The circular restaurant reflects a volcano, with the ceiling being the central design element.
The interior design is a riff on kumiko, a traditional Japanese woodworking technique with ornate geometric patterns. Yoo says they had to be careful with the renovations so as not to disrupt the Harry Seidler-designed building.
There is no such restraint in the kitchen. Chef Shinya Nakano, a Kyoto-trained sushi chef who also worked at Kisume in Melbourne, has been licensed to serve the food.
“We’re doing a Japanese take on Cantonese fish cooked with ginger and shallot,” says Yoo. “The snapper is steamed with sake. And there’s a slow-cooked Angus tenderloin on the robata grill with a slice of foie gras on top.”
Meanwhile, the hunt for a house in Sydney continues for Inka. Yoo is reluctant to reveal where it will go, but the Inka team has been spotted in prime harborside locations.
Open lunch and dinner Tues-Sat.
Shop 8.01, 25 Martin Place, Sydney, 02 8080 8074