It’s native Australian/Japanese fusion at this little hot spot on the city side of Surry Hills.
Serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner in relaxed time frames (breakfast until midday and dinner from 3pm), the distinctive synthesis of native and organic ingredients (wattle, crocodile and emu) with Japanese cuisine is impressive to say the least.
Strictly a ‘no sushi’ venue, one rather ingenious derivative of the California roll proves the exception: crumbed crocodile with avocado, lemon myrtle mayonnaise and pickled rosella flower.
By night, Café Ish turns into a Japanese izakaya, boasting one of Sydney largest and most diverse sake selections and Japanese beer on tap. The dinner menu is served from 3pm and consists of an array of Japanese dishes with an Australian twist, such as Kangaroo, prawn and ginger gyoza. And do try their signature dish, the kara-age crab omelette with garlic, chilli, soy, ginger dressing, avocado, shallots and lime, available all day and night.
Having upgraded from its former hole-in-the-wall locale on Albion Street, Cafe Ish is now housed in a larger two-storey terrace on the corner of Campbell and Foster Streets. Its black and white walled interior houses cherry blossom motifs and large, warm wood-framed windows, which give the whole place a light and airy feeling.