Sunday, 18 March 2018

Juan Bowl & Tea, Redfern

Rice and tea, two of the best things in life.
Juan rice bowls.

Especially with wagyu and tonkatsu involved.

Juan is one of the restaurants that got Sydneysiders talking these days, and my visit before the new year was unforgettable. Reservation is definitely a must, I saw a bunch of people got turned away on a Wednesday dinner session because they were fully booked.

The sleek restaurant was beautifully decorated with wooden furniture and elegant touches. Minimal spots available, and there are some seating overlooking the kitchen prep area.



This visit was in November 2017, and back then the service was slightly slow, so I'm hoping they've improved it and get rid of the hiccups.

And then the bowls arrived.

We had them bowls paired with the tea, and it was such a great decision. Our first one was the beautiful wagyu. The rice beneath the delicate layer of ruby wagyu slices was spiked with garlic butter sauce, and it was also topped with onsen egg, crispy lotus root, beetroot miso, wasabi, snow pea sprout and sweet onion sauce.

Wagyu - $22 (with paired tea $8)

Everything just worked extremely well, all the flavours made sense. The wagyu was tender and just melted in my mouth. The egg was runny and creamy, and every grain of rice was cooked perfectly.

The smoky and malty Jin Jun Mei tea was a great palate cleanser as promised.


Unagi hitsumabushi was rice with sweet soy sauce blanketed with omelette, eel, okra, shiso, kaffir lime, sansho pepper, halloumi, nori, wasabi, arare, and came with a pot of hojicha dashi.

It was an exciting and mesmerizing play of textures, flavours, and scents. There was an abudance of bite sized morsels of eel, the omelette was even nicely seasoned. All the other bits and pieces got me looking forward to my next mouthfuls. The dashi itself was very light in flavour but great served together with the rice.

The sweet and fruity Long Ching Dragonwell was hands down my favourite tea of the night.

Unagi hitsumabushi - $26 (with paired tea $9)

And then we came to the best bowl of them all: the Tonkatsu. with 2-hours slow cooked pork tonkatsu, scrambled egg, housemade apple mustard mayo, roasted tomatoes, red cabbage, and miso sesame sauce, it was an absolute winner.

I couldn't get over how impeccable the tonkatsu was: crunchy jacket with juicy and succulent pork inside. The sauce amplified the awesomeness of this bowl, and although this one was the one that has the least ingredients listed on the menu, it was definitely the highlight.

The zesty Organic Lemon Myrtle washed all the heavy and oily aftertaste away. Definitely get the paired teas, guys.

Tonkatsu - $21 (with paired tea $7)

We finished off with the infamous matcha tiramisu, which was very pleasant to eat even as a non-matcha fan. It was light, creamy, and slightly bitter from the matcha powder on top.

Sakura matcha tiramisu - $12

It was a very pleasant night of dining at Juan, and I foresee many more visits to come.


Rating: 5/5 (Must try)
The rice, the tonkatsu, the wagyu. Reasonable price, friendly service (slightly slow though), great ambiance.



94A Pitt St
Redfern, NSW 2016

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