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Meet the Chef

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Max Smith

Max started cooking at 17 in a casual pub in the Lake District moved to London at 18 and gained experience working at Bread Street kitchen, Pollen Street Social (Michelin Star) and the Savoy Grill decided to move to Sydney after three years for some nice weather. Max started at Cho Cho San for 4 years ago, as a Chef de Partie, moved up to Sous Chef and was promoted to Head Chef in 2018.

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Total Score

8.9
960 reviews
Recommended
(9.2)
Food
(9.0)
Service
(8.7)
Value for money
(8.2)
Atmosphere
(8.7)
Daniel Arias

dined on Sat, 17 Aug 2019

(9)
Fantastic meal for family celebration. Six guests including children. Great food, wine, ambiance and service.
Neil Deo

dined on Thu, 15 Aug 2019

(10)
This is my local and I have been here at least 15 times. I’m never disappointed. Great Japanese food with a modern twist and every dish on the menu is superb.

dined on Wed, 14 Aug 2019

(9)
Great food and atmosphere! We were there for a special occasion and we had such a great time!
Hi Winston! So glad you had a great time! Can't wait to have you all back soon!
Lilly & The Cho Cho San Team responded on Sun, 18 Aug 2019

dined on Sat, 10 Aug 2019

(9)
We had high expectations from the Instagram page, presentation is 10/10, spicy udon noodles is so yum. Lower your expectations and give it a try. Recommend!

dined on Fri, 2 Aug 2019

(7)
The restaurant is always on my watch list. it is indeed a popular spot to hang out as it was full house when my boyfriend and I arrived last night. The staff was really lovely and welcoming. However, the place was too busy to get their attention. Adedashi tofu, karage chicken and black salami were our favourites of the night. honestly speaking, i don't think I'll be back any time soon. overall, it is positive experience and ticked off my watch list.

dined on Mon, 29 Jul 2019

(9)
pretty good overall, and actually felt full after (rare for this type of meal)

dined on Sun, 23 Jun 2019

(7)
Service is good, food is great give its a one hatted restaurant but can be a little overpriced

dined on Wed, 12 Jun 2019

(10)
Absolutely amazing food. Have been there three times now. Everything on the raw is wow. For cooked food, calamari is my favourite. They had a special of pork katsu last night with a Japanese curry sauce which was to die for. Service is always top notch too.

dined on Sun, 9 Jun 2019

(8)
Selected dishes were great. Prawns a stand out. Definitely will be back
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About Cho Cho San

A cracker night at Cho Cho San… What do you get when you mix a young gun chef, a seasoned restaurateur, a hot Sydney architect and a prime piece of real estate? Cho Cho San of course. A mod Japanese Izakaya that pays respect to Japanese cuisine while simultaneously taking it to the street as small-dish, cocktail-friendly bar food. Perch up on the stool-lined concrete bar for a steamed bun (of course) filled with rolled, smoked duck, hoisin and pickled cucumber or a seriously sensational sliced petuna ocean trout (from the raw bar), dressed with a mix of soy, mirin, black pepper and wasabi. To be frank, no choice is a bad one, so go with your gut and just enjoy the intelligent, easy and delicious food from a cracker team. It’s magic. Best dish: Petuna ocean trout

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