Niji Restaurant & Bar, Double Bay

Niji Restaurant & Bar launched in Double Bay amongst the live carving of an ice sculpture and the traditional breaking of a sake drum. Located along Bay Street, near Pelicano and Mrs Sippy, the sleek venue with dark wood panelling and mood lighting give the izakaya a modern and inviting feel.

Niji Restaurant & Bar, Double Bay
niji_031614
Niji Restaurant & Bar, Double Bay
niji_031591
Niji Restaurant & Bar, Double Bay
niji_031592
Wet Sting, Mezcal, Umeshu & Yuzu
niji_031599
Niji Restaurant & Bar, Double Bay
niji_031616
Niji Restaurant & Bar, Double Bay
niji_031622
Niji Restaurant & Bar, Double Bay
niji_031627
Niji Restaurant & Bar, Double Bay
niji_031628
Niji Restaurant & Bar, Double Bay
niji_031643
Niji Restaurant & Bar, Double Bay
niji_031665
Niji Restaurant & Bar, Double Bay
niji_031704
NextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnail

Photography © by Kevin Burke for Gourmantic – Copyright: All rights reserved.

The venue is the younger sibling to Niji Sushi Bar in Kingsford, a more casual restaurant with a sushi train and a robata. Niji means rainbow, and here you won’t find the multi-coloured timbers that define the original venue but the concept translates to the range of colourful dishes and signature plates.

The two level restaurant includes a bar serving a solid range of sake and spirits including Japanese whisky. The cocktail list has been created with the food in mind. The Wet Sting ($19) is a lovely balance of mezcal, yuzu and umeshu with ginger honey syrup and a side of chocolate makes a perfect starter or complements

A dining room upstairs gives a more intimate dining experience while the ground floor offers a choice of table dining or sitting on bar stools where the sushi chef action takes place.

Much like its Kingsford older sibling, the food is where Niji shines. Whether it’s the selection of sushi including the seared salmon roll, the silky wagyu dumplings, the Zuke Salmon, cured in a broth of shiso, coriander and cream, or the addictive popcorn prawns, the dishes are well executed and invite you to return for more. Tempura cigars, fragrant dishes from the robata and to finish, the “Sydney to Tokyo” “croquembouche” choux pastry with pastachio wasabi cream are just to name a few.

If the Kingsford venue didn’t appeal with its casual vibe of university students, Niji at Double Bay ups the ante in décor and ambience while retaining the quality of its food that have given Niji its good reputation.

Niji Restaurant & Bar is featured in our guide to Sydney’s Best Japanese Restaurants and Top 10 Hot Restaurants & Bars in Double Bay.

Niji Restaurant & Bar
21 Bay St
Double Bay, NSW 2028
Phone: (02) 8095 9508
Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12pm to 3pm
Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6pm to 11pm, kitchen closes at 10pm
Bar: Everyday 12pm to 11pm
www.nijisushi.com.au

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

This article is posted on Gourmantic.com - All rights reserved - Copyright © 2016.

Niji Restaurant & Bar, Double Bay was last modified: January 27th, 2016 by Corinne Mossati

Did you enjoy this article? Share it with your friends using the icons below.

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.