Chaco Bar, Potts Point

SYDNEY | It’s hard to believe that Chaco Bar has been around since 2014. When owner/chef Keita Abe opened his Darlinghurst restaurant his aim was to introduce Sydneysiders to a side of Japanese food that they weren’t familiar with. In particular, the yakitori of his hometown of Itoshima, Japan.

In 2019, the restaurant moved into a new, bigger space in Potts Point. The original location still remains, but is now Chaco Ramen, a space dedicated to ramen. Has the move of the main restaurant meant that some of its charm has been lost? Absolutely not.

The space might be larger, but the layout means that it still feels intimate. Low lighting, attentive but not overbearing service, and a refined attention to detail.

The menu has expanded, but still has the same yakitori focus as the original. Abe and head chef head chef Dinqi (Chris) Xin work the grill with finesse, and it’s worth nabbing a seat overlooking the kitchen if you can. You can order a-la-carte on Tuesday to Thursday, or the tasting menu, which is your only choice on the weekend.

Chicken skewers are of course a highlight. The tsukune (chicken meatball), with onsen egg is brilliant, as is the hay smoked corn fed chicken thigh. Things other than chicken get the skewer treatment too, to great effect. A yakiton of Barrowdale free range pork belly with yuzu kosho, is divine.

Away from skewers, it’s still all class. Maguro Tarutaru – tuna tartare with mentaiko and crispy potato, is a particular highlight. The Yaki Onigiri Chazuke – grilled rice ball with snapper and dashi, is brilliant too.

For drinks, it’s sake, highball cocktails and a small but diverse wine list.

Chaco Bar

186-188 Victoria Street
Potts Point
New South Wales 2010

Telephone: (02) 8593 4567
E-mail: [email protected]

Tue – Sat: 5:30pm to 10:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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