A fusion of modern Japanese street food, fancy cocktails, lively vibes, and ocean views are all things you’ll find at Daniel San. I didn’t expect the venue to be as big as it was, but its fluorescent lights and casual rock music certainly lit up my spirits when I walked in. It’s definitely a great place for groups and families with their colouring-in corner and pinball machines. The relaxed environment extends to the manner of ordering at the bar for the food to be served to your table.
Seared Beef Carpaccio with Japanese lime & soy dressing
Selected from the raw bar, this dish was a great starter to complement our fruity cocktails. The thin and tender slices of beef was extremely refreshing and even more so with the garnishes. Together with the dressing, it provided a sweet and sour combination of flavours.
Tuna & Salmon Tartare with crunchy gyoza wrappers
Another selection from the raw bar, this dish is the ultimate snack food. The tuna was a little mushy whilst the freshness of the salmon accented the subtly hint of wasabi. I had almost forgotten that the chips were fried gyoza as I kept commenting how wonderfully crunchy they were! The balance of flavours and textures when combining the tartare and the gyoza wrappers was literally heaven in my mouth.
Steamed Buns: Porkie, Veggie, Californication
These steamed buns have been all the rave for quite some time in various Asian restaurants and I love it! The soft texture and slight sweetness to the buns help to bring out the flavours of the filling.
My favourite would definitely have to be the ‘Porkie’ which had Honey glazed Berkshire pork belly and spicy cashew sauce. I mean, the description itself already had me drooling. The ‘Veggie’ bun with spicy tofu and grilled avocado guacamole had a surprising bitterness to it whilst the ‘Californication’ gave a creamy sensation with snow crab and avocado.
Tuna belly, truffle and yuzu sushi roll
These sushi rolls tasted exactly like the ones from your local sushi train but its subtle taste of truffle provided a little more to the palate. It’s a great staple for whenever you are out for Japanese and you know you can’t go wrong when you order it.
Sticky Lamb Ribs with pomegranate & soy glaze
Juicy, juicy, juicy is all I can think as I munched away on these lamb ribs. The glaze complemented the charcoal aromas and masked the naturally overpowering lamb smell. It was definitely the highlight of the dish as it sat on a bed of fresh pomegranate salad to make you feel a little less guilty for indulging in the ribs.
Ora King Salmon Teriyaki with sesame cucumbers
This was a considerably large serving of salmon cooked to the perfect softness and topped with a seriously fragrant, sweet and savoury teriyaki sauce. The same was served on a separate dish allowing you to pour as much as you wanted, and quite naturally I drenched the entire salmon with it! The combination of salmon, with ginger and sesame cucumber garnishes was on point.
Robata Skewers: Yakitori Thigh
Another Japanese favourite, these mini skewers of tender and bouncy chicken pieces had me wanting more. Sprinkles of chilli flakes and black sesame really helped to bring out its flavour. Served with a side of broccoli and rice, it was rather dry on its own so I used the rest of the teriyaki sauce to make it more tasty.
Milk & White chocolate tofu, coco nibs
This dessert was definitely unlike anything I had tasted before and apparently it’s a crowd favourite. The milk chocolate tasted very similar to mousse with its bouncy and light texture whilst the white chocolate had a strong milky and overpowering sweet taste.
Indulge in a little Japanese street culture whilst embracing the Sydney beach scene by checking out Daniel San. It is definitely the ideal venue for any occasion whether it be casual drinks, a family outing or group gatherings, so make sure you check out both their chow-down bar and rooftop dojo.
55 N Steyne,
Manly, NSW 2095
Contributed by Krystal, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys