Since opening in 2018, Aldgate’s Yuki in the Hills has forged a reputation for providing some of Adelaide’s best sushi, ramen and tempura. But owner Mike Oh always wanted to introduce local diners to a world beyond those Japanese staples.

He’s done that with Yuki in Burnside, a more refined counterpart to Yuki in the Hills inspired by high-end restaurants in Tokyo and Kyoto. Here, there’s a multi-course set menu option, but the drawcard is the platinum omakase (essentially a Japanese degustation), which is delivered over two hours, with courses not commonly seen in Adelaide.

Chef Yohei Hombo’s offering is based on seasonality, as well as the relationship he’s developed with importers during his time as a sous-chef at Melbourne’s Ishizuka. He uses local fish like Murray cod alongside the highest quality imported ingredients, including A5 Wagyu and fatty tuna belly flown over from Tokyo's biggest fish market, Toyusu, several times a week.

Accompanying the food is a beverage program featuring international wines, unfiltered sakes and, with dessert, umeshu.

The restrained fit-out uses a muted colour scheme and has a strong focus on natural materials. Combined with the Japanese ceramics and glassware, you’re given the distinct feeling that you could very well be dining somewhere in Japan. And despite the location just metres from busy Portrush Road, sound dampening curtains block out the noise of traffic, meaning Yuki in Burnside is an oasis of calm.

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Updated: November 3rd, 2022

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