CBD offices might not have returned to pre-pandemic levels of occupancy, but that hasn’t slowed Sydney’s seemingly insatiable appetite for restaurant launches.
Japanese restaurant Kazan Dining opened its doors on Wednesday, June 8 at 25 Martin Place, already home to recent arrivals Aalia, Botswana Butchery and White + Wongs.
It’s the first Sydney foray from the team behind Canberra It-restaurant Inka. But some might remember co-owner Kiehyon Yoo as the opening GM at Toko, which recently closed in Surry Hills ahead of a move to the CBD.
“Kazan was a Japanese emperor known as a peace-maker and an artist,” says Yoo. “It’s also the Japanese word for volcano.”
The circular restaurant mirrors a volcano, the ceiling acting as its central design feature.
The interior design is a riff on kumiko, a traditional Japanese woodworking technique featuring ornate geometric patterns. Yoo says they had to tread carefully with the rebuild so as not to disturb the Harry Seidler-designed building.
There’s no such restraint in the kitchen. Chef Shinya Nakano, a Kyoto-trained sushi chef who also worked at Kisume in Melbourne, has been given licence with 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 finished on the robata grill with a slice of foie gras on top.”
Meanwhile, the hunt for a Sydney home for Inka continues. Yoo is reluctant to reveal where it will head, but the Inka team has been spotted touring prime harbourside locations.
Open lunch and dinner Tue-Sat.
Shop 8.01, 25 Martin Place, Sydney, 02 8080 8074