In some rather upsetting news, I’ve just read that Rise Restaurant is closing its doors in Darlinghurst, after more than 10 years of operation. I’ve had many memorable meals at Rise and have always adored the creativity behind the restaurant’s fusion of Japanese and European cuisines.

You can re-live some of my past visits here, here and here.

Dining at Rise Restaurant over the past years

In a gesture to thank the loyal customers of Rise Restaurant, Chef Hideki Okazaki will be offering a six course degustation menu, his ‘Sayonara Fair’ between 4 – 28 November, 2010 (every Tuesday – Sunday).

Sayonara Fair$48 per person

Steamed pork belly, cauliflower, sugar snap, rocket salad with “chuka” vinaigrette

Potato soup with tofu & scallop tempura

Assorted today’s market sashimi

Soy milk flan with “shiitake” sauce
Rice paper rolls of cured salmon, omelette & gochujang mayo
Fish cake and green papaya

Soba salad with chunyang chilli prawn

Chicken confit, bamboo shoot, button mushroom and “zahsai ” sauce

Today’s dessert

Strict time sittings apply, 6 – 8pm or 8:30pm – late.

Call (02) 9357 1755 to make a booking.

So let’s all dine at Rise, one last time…


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Rise Restaurant
23 Craigend Street, Darlinghurst
Phone (02) 9357-1755 

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • That is sad! I went there this year for the first time and loved it.

  • Omg, I’ve always wanted to go here but never got round to it! AHhh I’ve just made a booking! haha. Thanks for the heads up Jen!

  • Awww you serz? 🙁 I’ve been there once…and have been planning to go again since its in the Ent. book as well hehe. Sighs.

  • Jamie

    I wont be missing it, thats for sure!
    I went there with my wife about 6 months ago — food was terrible and service was rude.
    Hope something good opens up there in it’s place.

  • $48 is SUCH good value! I’ve heard heaps of good and bad views- it’s always a shame when a much loved venue closes.

  • Jen

    Found out that the chef is going back to Japan for a while then may be looking to open an Italian restaurant back in Sydney! Sounds like an exciting venture. i’m just glad it’s not the last we’ll get to taste Hideki’s creations!

  • Jen

    My pleasure! Glad to see you had an enjoyable meal there!

  • Jen

    Hehe, it’s always a challenge trying to use all the Entertainment Book vouchers!

  • Jen

    Ah, well, the atmosphere has changed quite a bit over the years, but I still really enjoy the food and think it’s good value for money.

  • Jen

    I think some of their special event dinners have been a hit & miss, but overall, I’m going to miss their sashimi shots and seasonal pannacotta creations!