How was it?
Food: 8.5/10
Service: 8.5/10
Value: $$$$

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a post by Jenius about Rise Restaurant closing down! I had always wanted to visit this restaurant after hearing so many rave reviews, so I immediately made a booking! For their last month of trade in November, they have a special ‘Sayonara Fair’ menu which consists of a six-course degustation for $48 per person. It ends on the 28th of November, so be fast!

Course 1: Steamed pork belly, cauliflower, sugar snap& rocket salad with “chuka” vinaigrette

The first course was the steamed pork belly salad. Deliciously juicy slices of steamed pork belly with a chilled salad were a perfect start to the meal.

Course 2: Potato Soup with Tofu & Oyster Tempura

The potato soup was so hearty and perfect on this particularly cold and wet evening. A plump oyster tempura and a slab of tofu swam beautifully inside the thick soup. The drizzle of oyster & sauce sauce also added a lovely touch of sweetness.

Course 3: Sashimi

Course 3: Sashimi

The third course was a selection of day’s fresh market sashimi. Today’s selection was ocean trout, kingfish and oysters. The oyster was heavenly and I could have probably had about 12 more haha. The ocean trout and kingfish were also delicious and I really felt that they were really fresh!

Course 4: Seasonal Plate
Soy Milk Flan with “Shiitake” Sauce
Rice Paper Roll of Cured salmon, Omelette & Gochujang Mayo
Fish Cake & Green Papaya

Fish Cake & Green Papaya

The next course was a seasonal plate consisting of: a soy milk flan with a shittake sauce, two mini rice paper rolls filled with smoked salmon, egg and cucumber; and a thai-style fish cake with green papaya. The soy milk flan was the definite favourite with the salty shittake sauce combined with the smooth and creamy soy milk flan.

Course 5: Soba Salad with Chunyang Chilli Prawn

The next course was soba salad with chunyang chilli prawn. The lightly battered prawn was fat and juicy,with a nice crunch. The soba salad was also delicious with slight hints of chilli and garlic.

Course 6: Chicken Confit, Bamboo Shoot, Mushroom and Zahsai sauce

I was already feeling full, and then our ‘main course’ arrives!! But when the beautiful plate of chicken confit was placed in front of me, I powered through! Tender chicken with bamboo shoot, mushrooms and zahsai sauce were absolutely delicious.

Dessert: Panna cotta

The dessert of this evening was panna cotta with a layer of pomegranate & amarito jelly, topped off with a cumquat, amarito & milk granita. It all went together so well and I loved the orange peel on top. The orange peel is stewed in sugar which makes it almost like candy, and absolutely the best way to finish off a wonderful meal.


I’m so glad I had the chance to experience Rise before it closes. Excellent food and service, I’d definitely recommend you check it out before it closes for good!

Rise Restaurant
23 Craigsend St,
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Tel: (02) 9357 1755
Open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday (6pm – 10pm)
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15 Responses to “Rise Restaurant, Darlinghurst”

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  1. I don’t think I have ever described a panna cotta as refreshing, but Rise’s take on one really does sounds so.

  2. ooo this looks awesome!! … a very good deal too!! .. you always find such awesome places! im gonna book right now! hehehe

  3. Looks amazing & that pork belly has my name on it!

  4. Gummi Baby says:

    I’m so bummed that this place is closing, I hope they re-open somewhere a little more central. Thanks for the heads up!

  5. Obesebaby says:

    looks like small portion, were u full ?

  6. Hi Sara: Haha – it was more the combination as a whole that was refreshing!

    Hi Rhonda: It’s such a great deal haha. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

    Hi John: Oh yes, that pork belly was so good, and with the salad it all tasted quite healthy!

    Hi Gummi Baby: I know! As soon as I heard, I made a booking!! I hear that he might reopen something but probably not in the same style as Rise.

    Hi Obesebaby: There were a lot of small portions, so I was actually quite full by the main course!

  7. wow, $48 per person for a degustation is such good value. Too bad they are closing down

  8. angie says:

    Ohh the food looks amazing, shame that it’s closing down =(

  9. Looks great, what a shame a fab restaurant like this is closing its doors.

  10. Seems like a really great deal. I love all the little dainty garnishes on everything, and I think I could probably have had 12 more of those oysters too :D

  11. $48 Supercheap! I know Jen has blogged it heaps and loves it. Sad :(

  12. Susan says:

    I have always wanted to try this place too, but never got around to it. Hopefully something good will open in its place.

  13. Glad you managed to ‘power through’ the chicken ;)

    What a great, but sad, deal…

  14. Jen says:

    Hehe, I didn’t bring my camera during my last visit but I’m glad you did! Good memories. I’ll forever love the sashimi shots & pannacotta at Rise!

  15. Hi Maria: Yeah, but I’m glad I got to try it before it closed!

    Hi Angie: Everything was delicious, definitely glad I got to try it!

    Hi Anna: Definitely is a shame!

    Hi Conor: Haha my friend doesn’t like oysters so she asked to have sashimi instead, I thought she was crazy!

    Hi Gastronomy Gal: Sad indeed :(

    Hi Susan: I’m sure something will open up in it’s place, but nothing will replace Rise!!

    Hi Tina: haha it was worth it!

    Hi Jen: Oh my, the pannacotta was just the perfect ending! Thanks for blogging about it, I wouldn’t have known it was closing otherwise!

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