History of Azuma
Azuma restaurant first opened its doors on Falcon Street in Crows Nest in 1996.
At that time there were only 28 seats, no liquor license and no menus! However it was Sydney's first late night Japanese restaurant and was blessed with success almost instantly.
Keen to deliver exceptional Japanese cuisine to more Sydneysiders, Azuma moved to a larger location on the same street in July 1998. The new Azuma had room for 40 and its popularity again grew with the addition of a liquor license.
In March 2002, Azuma was given the opportunity to move into Chifley Plaza in Sydney CBD. Master Chef, Kimitaka Azuma, described this relocation as “a big step”, but welcomed the challenge and the opportunity to educate Sydney in “authentic” Japanese cuisine.
The success of Azuma restaurant along with the reputation of Kimitaka Azuma went from strength to strength in its new location. Azuma has become well know and loved amongst critics, restaurateurs, gourmands and Sydneysiders alike. Soon after moving to Chifley Plaza, Azuma was awarded Best Japanese Restaurant in 2003 and 2004 by The Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald respectively.
Always wanting to share his love for all Japanese cuisine, and noting the disappointing offerings of Ramen noodles available; Kimitaka decided to become a pioneer in introducing the “Ramen” culture into Sydney. In 2006 he opened his first Ramen takeaway, TonTon. Located in Chifley Plaza, it quickly became a favorite with office workers in the area.
In experiencing such success and bowing to demand, Kimitaka opened a second TonTon just two years later in late 2008. Located in Regent Place on George Street, this TonTon has also experience great success with the extra offerings of a liquor license and late night trading.
In the mean time, Azuma continued with great success, being awarded in 2008 and 2009 with One Chefs Hat from Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide. Such accolades encouraged Kimitaka and along with the passion again to deliver to Sydneysiders with a new and dynamic Japanese dining experience, the decision was made to expand Azuma.
In November 2008, Kushiyaki - Azuma opened its doors in Regent Place Shopping on George Street Sydney. Kushiyaki –Azuma specialises in Izakaya menus of traditional Kushiyaki and Otsumami, a new concept of Japanese Dining to Sydneysiders. Along with a comprehensive A La Carte and Sushi and Sashimi menus, Kushiyaki – Azuma offers an extensive and impressive Sake list, the first of likes to be seen (and tasted) in Sydney.
Azuma has experienced much success over the nearly 13 years, largely due to Kimitaka’s passion and skill as Master Chef and to the loyal support Azuma receives from the people of Sydney. Azuma prides itself on the freshest and highest quality ingredients, innovative and traditional cuisine matched with attentive polite service.
With the support of its loyal customers Azuma will continue to flourish.