Raffles reviews: Yakitori Yurippi, Crows Nest

Raffles at Yakitori Yurippi

Everyone already knows how much I love Japanese food. And it’s not just because it tastes completely awesome! You see, if I have any chance of growing up to be a decent ninja, I need to fuel my body with the right stuff. And the food at Yakitori Yurippi kicks serious butt, so I know it’s the perfect place for a growing ninja to eat.

Yakitori Yurippi is not fancy or anything but it feels and looks just like the places where we ate Yakitori in Japan. Which is how I like it.


Our host, Tin, who was super nice, invited us to try Yakitori Yurippi’s new menu as well as some of the popular dishes from the main menu.The food was really good and really authentic, which is what Tin told me he wants to serve people

Raffles with Tin and Mitomo at Yakitori Yurippi

As soon as we arrived Tin brought us bowls of Edamame and Gobou Chips, made from crispy battered burdock root.

Gobou Chips - crispy battered burdock root at Yakitori Yurippi

I’d never heard of burdock before but these were amazing. They were savoury and yet somehow sweet at the same time. I demolished the whole plate while mama was busy squealing about the plum wine on the menu – she loves that stuff. And so do I. Not because I’ve ever tasted it, she wont let me try, but because I know that it keeps her distracted long enough for me to pig all the food.

This place serves mostly small dishes so we got to try a load of things. The (sushi grade) Hokkaido scallops with kombu butter were smoky, juicy, light and so, so yum. I could have eaten a hundred of them. Even the cabbage salad blew my mind. It was just raw cabbage with sesame, garlic and kombu but the taste was perfect.

One of my favourite dishes  was tsukune – a chicken meatball on a stick (with sweet soy) served with a 63 degree egg. Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! All the flavours were great but the egg itself was epic! How have I lived without trying one my whole life?

Chicken meatball with sweet soy and a 63 degree egg at Yakitori Yurippi Crows Nest

The mochi bacon skewers were all chewy and charcoaly and reminded me a bit of some barbecued rice and pork sticks street food thingies I really loved at Fushimi Inari Temple in Kyoto.

Mochi Bacon at Yakitori Yurippi

Then came more stuff on sticks, like chicken yakitori, miso cod and fatty pork belly, which were so, so good.

Miso cod at Yakitori Yurippi

The new winter sides were really interesting too. Oden is not Thor’s dad! That’s Odin. Oden is a Japanese stew (of eggs, daikon, konjac and fishcakes) served in a yummy soy, dashi and kombu broth. I think it’s definitely the kind of dish a ninja would fill up on a cold winter night for energy, so I had to eat it all up!

Oden - Japanese Winter stew at Yakitori Yurippi

Ochazuke is a simple rice dish topped with kombu, shallot and a special sauce (ume shiso sauce) and served with chicken stock which you pour in at the table.

Ochazuke at Yakitori Yurippi

As a special treat I also got to try some Japanese potato salad. It looked like pink ice cream but tasted like heaven.

Japanese style potato salad at Yakitori Yurippi

But then came the ACTUAL ice cream! It was a sticky yuzu sorbet that was like the best ice cream I ever ate.

Yuzu sorbet at Yakitori Yurippi

I loved the food here almost as much as mama loved the plum wine and sake. I think we just found our new favourite local.

Reviewed by Raffles – Aged 8
(bracketed information by his mum)

Yakitori Yurippi
7 Falcon Street,
Crows Nest NSW 2065
Ph: 0432 561 501

Disclosure: Raffles was a guest of Yakitori Yurippi


8 Comments on Raffles reviews: Yakitori Yurippi, Crows Nest

      June 28, 2016 at 9:36 am (8 years ago)

      It is so good and so perfect for the chilly weather Em (and not just the sake and wine)

  1. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    June 28, 2016 at 9:35 am (8 years ago)

    This looks delish! I haven’t tried much Japanese food but those chips look like they have my name written all over them 😉

      July 6, 2016 at 5:53 pm (8 years ago)

      They’re amazing Amy. You should definitely try them. Raffles xx

  2. Kell @ Our Sense Of Adventure
    June 28, 2016 at 2:43 pm (8 years ago)

    YUM!! I love Japanese food but have never taken the kids to experience it. Adding it to our list of things to do.

      July 6, 2016 at 5:52 pm (8 years ago)

      Kids seem to almost universally love Japanese food! You should definitely take them x

      July 6, 2016 at 5:52 pm (8 years ago)

      I’m a food ninja already, Lorraine 🙂 Raffles xx


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