Sydney, New South Wales

Kingsford may not be renowned for its Japanese restaurants however Niji Sushi Bar, located on Anzac Parade, should register on the foodie radar. Former Toko chef and owner Raji Khanal, together with Head Chef Kohji Matsuda (ex Toko, Sake, Fujiya), bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the restaurant. Guests can opt to dine at the 32 metre sushi bar, or enjoy dishes from the extensive a la carte menu. The beverage list features not only the largest range of Japanese alcohol but also Asian inspired cocktails plus sake and wine.
Opening Times

333 Anzac Parade
Tel: +61 2 8068 4849
Asian, Japanese
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Licensed & BYO (wine only)
Niji has a private dining room that seats up to 30 people.
Taking up a prime position on the corner of Anzac Parade and Borrodale Road, Niji Sushi Bar is one of Kensington's best kept secrets. The dynamic team behind Niji include owner Raji Khanal, bar manager Kushal Neupane and head chef Kohji Matsuda, all of whom worked at Toko in Surry Hills. Doubling as a sushi bar and an a la carte restaurant, Niji seamlessly taps into two restaurant markets where diners can either enjoy a quick snack of sashimi and nigiri or settle in and linger over an Izakaya style meal. The design is modern and simple, which allows diners to pay proper attention to the experienced sushi chefs who work their magic from an open kitchen. The star attraction, however, is a 32 metre sushi bar which wraps around the kitchen, while small tables line the periphery of the restaurant space.

On a Friday night, the 120-seat restaurant is packed, with a small queue waiting at the door. Both the food and beverage menus cover all the bases – from fruity cocktails and wine-by-the-glass to soba duck soup and yakitori. The "coco-lico" cocktail is a sweet mix of coconut syrup, pineapple, kaffir lime leaf and Malibu while the "flamingo rose" will woo any martini-lovers. The dynamite roll comes highly recommended, filled with raw tuna and topped with sesame seeds and a chilli Japanese spice as does the duck skin roll which is doused in a sweet plum sauce and filled with creamy avocado. However, it is the 48-hour cooked pork belly, which is then charcoal-grilled on the robata, that steals the show. It only takes one dish to solidify a restaurant's place in the foodie scene and Niji's pork belly does just that. And did I mention, I'm not a huge pork fan?
Anna Lisle
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Bar / Wine Bar
Cheap & Cheerful
Suitable for Groups of 10
This restaurant does not have any awards.
333 Anzac Parade
Kingsford NSW 2032
Fifteen minute drive from the CBD.
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
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Second Chance - 26/09/2013
I work near Kingsford and go to Niji for lunch from time to time. My usual order of lunch special box always takes 20 ~ 30 minutes to be served. Today Niji really topped themselves by losing my order and serving lunch boxes to patrons who had seated and ordered after me. 40 minutes after seating, I got my lunch box. Had I not asked the waiting staff, I would have waited indefinitely. Good decor doesn't make up for an epic service failure. If you like doing lunch the Spanish style, Niji is the place for you. Otherwise, avoid it like the plague.
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