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Meet the Chef

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.

Restaurant menu

Chef’s recommendations Max Smith

Christmas at Cho Cho San
$98
Average price $85 Special request

Dietary requirements

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MENU Christmas at Cho Cho San 98AUD

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MENU December Feast 98AUD

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MENU Cho Cho San Feast 80AUD

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MENU Izakaya Set 65AUD

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Scores & Reviews

Fabulous
8.9/10
based on 678 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :9.1/10
Service :8.8/10
Setting :8.8/10
  1. Michael G.
    Michael G.
    • one review
    10/10

    I have been to Cho Cho San on multiple occasions now and could not fault them on the food or service. Would highly recommend it to both locals and to exploring Sydney.

  2. Rahul N.
    Rahul N.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Great food & great service. Would've preferred a table to the bar seating is all.

  3. John L.
    John L.
    • one review
    6.5/10

    overall a nice meal, nice atmosphere good for group dining. most dishes were good but there weren't any standouts. the miso sticky date was sooooo salty it was inedible to all but one person in the group (and sticky date pudding is my favourite dessert)

  4. Paul-Nicholas T.
    Paul-Nicholas T.
    • one review
    9/10

    Great food, simple dishes with a little bit of flair, gives it that extra touch that will make you want to go back wanting more! A very unique mix of dishes and a meal you'll have like no other, highly recommended.

  5. BRYANT NIXON O.
    BRYANT NIXON O.
    • 2 reviews
    4.5/10

    I've travelled a long way from the northern beach because I heard lots of good comments/reviews; even suggested to my co-chefs to try "Cho cho san". The service was lovely, there's this one lady (I wasn't able to get her name) took good care of us and exceeded our expectations. Then came the food... the pork bun was tasted awful! You just put on a hot sauce to cover the unsavory pork. Kaarage was OKAY, nothing special. Same as Sashimi and the scallops. Crab rice was too spicy and no hint if crab, just spicy! The Calamari with rice has a strong acid flavor and was very difficult to eat. Charcoal chicken was also awful, just too much burn on the chicken, felt like I was eating ashes on the plate. Prawn was too buttery and was very disgusting... the last was the wagyu it was over cooked, chewy and too much tendons.... the price was fair if the food was good, unfortunately it is not..... very dissapointing

  6. Rose M.
    Rose M.
    • 4 reviews
    9/10

    We were early for dinner- seated at the bar and dinner was so prompt!! Wonderful service!!

  7. Ellie B.
    Ellie B.
    • one review
    9/10

    Amazing food, great atmosphere and fast service. Some staff were a bit abrupt and rude. They were in a hurry to kick you out right after servicing the last dishes, which ruins the experience

  8. Ryan W.
    Ryan W.
    • one review
    10/10

    The staff were great, knowledgeable, there when you needed them and quite fun. Great cocktails, great atmosphere and great food. Try the kingfish from the raw menu; phenomenal.

  9. Cecilia T.
    Cecilia T.
    • one review
    8/10

    Food and service was nice. I particularly liked the ocean trout entree and black sesame mochi dessert.

  10. Nino T.
    Nino T.
    • 14 reviews
    10/10

    the staff was super friendly to my son, and brought ice-cream and bread to get my son eating. The food was excellent and different to traditional Japanese style. we had a most lovely dinner for my wife's birthday.

  11. Jocelynn F.
    Jocelynn F.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Good food but really busy on a Sunday afternoon so service was a bit slow.

  12. Mia L.
    Mia L.
    • 4 reviews
    9.5/10

    Amazing food, generous portions and great atmosphere! Super friendly staff and the best edamame beans I’ve ever had:) Will definitely be back!!!

  13. Wai Yee N.
    Wai Yee N.
    • one review
    9/10

    The vibe and the food at Cho Cho San is great. Despite we booked a table 2 weeks earlier, the restaurant was still unable to set us up on a separate table but instead had us to share spot on the long table which is a bit disappointing.

  14. eliza C.
    eliza C.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    Such an amazing dinner. Food was sooo good. Drinks nice. Portion sizes a little small. However overall had a lovely dinner and atmosphere wasn’t too loud.

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 reviews
    9.75/10

    Once again an exceptional evening at Cho Cho San! Big shout out to Dean and the team who gave us stellar service. The food is outstanding and make sure you have the cocktails - the lychee southside is sublime! Thanks - we’ll be back

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 256 reviews
    9/10

    Nice atmosphere. Very good food. Good service too

  17. Andrew C.
    Andrew C.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    My favourite restaurant in the area. Great Service, Great atmosphere and Mary was an excellent waiteress. Pork bun a signature dish of Cho Cho San

  18. Eddy T.
    Eddy T.
    • one review
    10/10

    The restaurant is great for people looking for gluten free food. They also identify dishes suitable for people with coeliac disease. The sake selection is diverse

  19. Adnan V.
    Adnan V.
    • one review
    8.25/10

    One of my favourites in Sydney, have been a handful of times, and keep coming back for more. Service is food, drinks are great, food is always on point. The ambience is great for couples, and the deserts . . . . wow.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 281 reviews
    10/10

    Fantastic service and food, can’t wait to go back!

More information

How to get to the restaurant

73 Macleay Street, 2011, Potts Point, Australia

About the restaurant

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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