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Ju Ju Japanese Tavern – Kings Cross, Restaurant Review

Ju Ju Kings Cross - Salmon Sashimi

The simplest things in life can often be the best. One simple word, repeated twice and you’ve got one of my favourite Japenese Restaurants in Sydney! It’s none other than Ju Ju Japanese Tavern!

Situated in the center of Kings Cross, it is truly amazing the difference in the environment when you walk down the stairs into the restaurant. While outside it is incredibly busy, loud and even dirty, inside the restaurant it is beautifully serene (except when the karaoke is on). It really is a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of The Cross.

Our last visit to Ju Ju Japanese Tavern was an impromptu visit on a Saturday night and since we didn’t have a booking, we were lucky enough to get a table. Once seated we ordered some soft drinks and selected the following dishes:

Ju Ju Kings Cross - Gyoza

Yaki Gyoza ($7.80)
Pan-fried japanese dumpling (6 pieces)

The gyozas were piping hot when they came out, tasted really fresh and were bursting with flavour. You could tell that they had  just been cooked, which is exactly how I like them.

Ju Ju Kings Cross - Karage Chicken, Crumbed Calamari, Salmon Sashimi

Kara Age ($9.50)
Japanese fried chicken.

Ika Ring ($8.50)
Deep fried crumbed calamari.

Salmon Sashimi ($13.00)

The Karaage Chicken is one of my favourite Japanese dishes, and Ju Ju Japanese Tavern cook them brilliantly! I’ve been to many Sydney restaurants where the Karaage Chicken is too dry and not fresh at all, but Ju Ju’s were really succulent and tasted great.

Ika Ring, or the Deep Fried Calamari was a bit of a disappointment for me. When I had selected this dish from the menu, I had assumed there would be a nice Japanese twist to it, however, the calamari that came out was just like any other calamari you buy from your local Fish ‘n Chips store. I guess it’s my bad for picking something so Western from the menu.

The Salmon Sashimi (pictured at the top) is another one of my favourites and the set we received on the night was simply divine. Beautiful taste, incredibly fresh and I just loved the texture. God I wished I had ordered another set!

In terms of service, it’s always hard to fault Japanese restaurants. I find Japanese people to be incredibly warm, friendly and polite. You can’t help but smile with them :) Ju Ju Japanese Tavern is again no exception to this. The service on the night was very accommodating and friendly.

I can’t wait for my next trip to Ju Ju’s. This time I will definitely be a little more adventurous with my food choices!

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  • Food 8/10
  • Ambience 7/10
  • Service 8/10
  • Value 7/10
  • Name: Ju Ju Japanese Tavern
  • Website:
  • Phone: (02) 9357 7100
  • Location: Shop 301, Kings Cross Centre, 82-94 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross. NSW.
  • Opening Hours: Lunch
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
    11:00am - 3:00pm ( Last order 2:30 pm )
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
    6:00pm - 12:00am ( Last Order 11:00pm )
    Friday and Saturday
    6:00pm - 1:00am ( Last Order 12:00am )
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  1. Elle says:

    Great review!

    I can’t wait to go and try the Salmon Sashimi.

  2. alan says:

    Has the ownership changed ?went there a couple of years ago and it was quite good
    It is now completely different !!
    Went for a “banquet ” for 17 for a birthday party. We arrived and was greeted by a waitress insisting ” pay now !!” after recovering from the shock we did it took about an hour for the food to come “despite being prebooked and only another 8 people in the place !! so the kitchen was not busy !! We think it was a ploy to get us to buy lots of overpriced drinks !! Food was generally awful “service ” and attitude of staff was the worst .We collectively have ever experienced
    We ordered an apple juice for a child what arrived was bright green and looked like and tasted like concentrated dish washing detergent ( this was tasted by the whole17 of us so was a unanimous verdict !!

    Collectively we all eat out on a regular basis and everyone unanimously agreed WE WILL NEVER GO AGAIN thank god it was not Karaeoke night !!

  3. Eating in Sydney says:

    Hi Alan,

    It’s a shame you had such a terrible experience! I wonder if management has changed, because Ju Ju’s hospitality always stood out for me. I’ll have to go there again and see if it’s any different now.

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