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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 Sun, 23 Jun 2019

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

dined on Wed, 12 Jun 2019

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

Selected dishes were great. Prawns a stand out. Definitely will be back
Paolo Albertoni

dined on Wed, 5 Jun 2019

great experience, great food

dined on Sat, 1 Jun 2019

Love this place - service is impeccable and the food was outrageously good!!

dined on Sat, 1 Jun 2019

Cho Cho San is an overall great place for Lunch or Dinner. the food is great, the service is great and food and drinks very reasonable. overall i rate this Restuarant 9 of 10.

dined on Mon, 27 May 2019

The food is to die for. Prawns with kombu butter is a must try. And don’t forget to try the crispy eggplant sticks! Don’t forget the raw menu either! Ahh definitely coming back
Hey David, All we can say is... thank you! thank you! thank you! FYI - we've updated the menu to include tempura fish with house made kombu flatbread....YOU NEED TO COME AND TRY! See you soon :)
Restaurant Cho Cho San responded on Thu, 30 May 2019

dined on Sat, 25 May 2019

An email was sent requesting a confirmation or we would be sat at the bar so we confirmed. Despite having done that, we were still sat at the bar along with other diners. I get that it's a popular restaurant with limited sitting, however, as a couple, we would have preferred a table to ourselves. Food was delicious and service was excellent.

dined on Sat, 25 May 2019

Our second visit and won’t be our last. Amazing food and service was top-notch.
Hi Peter, Great seeing you and looking forward to having you back again and again!
Restaurant Cho Cho San responded on Sun, 26 May 2019

dined on Thu, 23 May 2019

Modern twist on traditional Japenese food. Very innovative and delicious.
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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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