As surprising as it may seem, one who is now seen as the maximum expression of what is known as fusion cuisine (a term which he refuses to accept, by the way), after adjusting to his new home over the fi rst year – he spoke hardly any English when he arrived – is now the most renowned and infl uential oriental chef in the west. He started as a dishwasher until, when he fi rst came into contact with a well-known local chef, it was suggested that he could prepare sushi and other Japanese dishes in his kitchen.
The name of that chef was Tony Bilson and he soon realised what a raw diamond he had discovered. Over time, he increased Tetsuya’s responsibilities encouraging him to mix ingredients and trends, to create in a culinary area where the use of European techniques and oriental inspiration formed part of the restaurant’s identity. It still took a few more years of working for others for the gastronomy world to start to recognise the importance of his work at the fi rst “Tetsuya’s”, installed in a Sydney suburb. That was just the beginning: the restaurant grew and so did the fame of Tetsuya’s cuisine until one day, in 2000, the establishment moved to a magnifi – cent new site, previously owned by the Suntory chain, where the dishes created by this master of delicacy found an appropriate framework for the gastronomic experience derived not only from the dishes from each of the restaurant’s details: minimalist décor, exclusive furniture designs, an indoors Japanese garden which is so relaxing for diners, and service of an exquisiteness barely comparable to that of the ten dishes usually included in the menu. A menu which, loyal to the seasonality which underlines Japanese culinary philosophy, varies during the year at the same pace as the creativity of our chef, applied to the freshest products that nature is capable of providing.
TELEPHONE: +61 2 9267 2900
CUISINE: Japanese, French Fusion
CHEF: Tetsuya Wakuda
OPENING HOURS: Lunch: Saturday from 12noon;
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday from 6.00pm
Closed on all Australian Public Holidays.
RESERVATIONS: Reservations essential; accepted 4 weeks ahead
PRICES: 10-course degustation menu A$185 (US$166/£83) per person. Drinks extra
TRANSPORT: CityRail: Town Hall