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“Highly recommanded great value”
Review of WAQU - CLOSED

Price range: US$14 - US$91
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: WAQU offers a unique dining experience featuring the best of modern Japanese food with a Western influence in the stylish and intimate atmosphere.
Sydney, Australia
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92 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Highly recommanded great value”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Third time in the fine dining part of the restaurant and as always it was excellent.
It is contemporary cuisine in a Japanese style. Only degustation menu . We chose the 6 courses menu for 59$ (discount 10$ on Sunday night) and added some excellent rock oysters to start.
The dishes are small but filling as the main ingredient of each course is well present : smoked salmon sashimi (the less tasty of all courses), scallops perfectly cooked, incredible snapper, excellent lamb cutlets.
Even the dessert, usually not their best, was light, well designed on the plate and very tastefull ( pear compote, crispy crumble and rum ice cream)
Each course is delicious and a visual excitement.
Staff is attentive, polite and warm
They describe each plate.
One of my favourite restaurant in Sydney

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Sandrine P
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
“Excellent Service”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Have been to this restaurant recently for wife birthday celebration.
The entire dining experience was pleasant. Food was excellent as it was the first time we tried Fusion. The serving portion was small for me and the beef I had was smaller in size compared to my wife. The waiting staff is reurgating the ingredient of each dish served.

Visited July 2014
Thank Raywst
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“First time enjoying Kappo dining- wonderful”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We have been to Waqu many times over the years, whenever we feel like treating ourselves to a fancy meal that is good value, enjoying their set degustation style menu. It is an attractive, modern style restaurant and the service is always top notch. This last visit, we decided to try their Kappo dining menu, which they describe as Japanese tapas. It was a great choice, my husband, adult son and I, were a bit hesitant that it would be more expensive and maybe less filling than the usual menu, but we were wrong. You order you dishes from the menu, there are small plates, large plates and rice pots. The serving size was much bigger than I thought they would be, each small dish was fine for 3 people to share adequately. We ordered about 6 small dishes, all were delicious and moreish, especially the calamari. Then we shared a steak dish (300g Wagyu sirloin which they portioned into 3 servings for us) and a seafood rice dish, and 2 desserts. They had half price sake at that visit, so we couldn't say no to that. The Mango dessert was divine. We were well and truly full with all that, could even have been able to reduce a small dish and still be satisfied.
I think I enjoy Kappo dining more than their other menu, as you can pick and choose what you like to eat. The cost was the same if not slightly less than if you were to go with their other menu. Can't wait to return for more Kappo dining.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Sydneysider888
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Level Contributor
81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

I liked the meal & service here. Good modern Japanese style Tapas at a reasonable price I thought. Would like to return soon to see if it still producing good quality food & service.

Thank Bigfello
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“It's changed - and not in a good way!”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

We used to come here every 2-3 months and always brought guests here. Unfortunately the recent changes are focused more on their business than the customer. Whilst I can understand the temptation to leverage their recent success the poor customer now has to chose between two 'sitting' times - one too early and one too late. You also have to decide when you book which menu you and your guests would like to dine from as this dictates where you sit!! The prices have gone up and you are now unlikely to get out of either section much under $100pp.

It was always a great place with lovely staff, average service and fantastic food for a good price but under the new "regime" we won't be going back - going out to dinner with friends just shouldn't be that hard!

Visited June 2014
3 Thank Helen C
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