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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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dined on Sat, 7 Sep 2019

Food was absolutely delicious! Service was the best I've ever experienced. Eggplant miso sticks were to die for as was the sashimi ocean trout. Couldn't fault the food at all. Only negative it was too loud and very crowded but I suppose you expect this with such a great place.

dined on Sun, 1 Sep 2019

The food was fine, the service was excellent, but we did not like the seating. Big table to share with other people that we do not know and the chairs are not comfortable at all. It was an interesting experience, but I do not think we will come back.

dined on Sun, 1 Sep 2019

Food is delicious. Fast service. Will definitely come back! :)
Daniel Arias

dined on Sat, 17 Aug 2019

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

dined on Thu, 15 Aug 2019

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

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

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

Amazing food creating explosive flavours! Amazing!!! Haven’t been yet? What are you waiting for???!!!
Hi Denis! Wanna to our PR for us? J/K LOL Thanks for the awesome feedback, can't wait to see you again!
Lilly & the Cho Cho San Team responded on Sun, 25 Aug 2019

dined on Fri, 2 Aug 2019

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.
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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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