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Tuesday 7 May 2024

Astro aims to add pan-Asian panache to Barangaroo

I remember when the Barangaroo precinct was going to be a green space on the fringe of the Sydney CBD.

A recent visit revealed that is has instead become a high-rise playground centred around a casino where there is more shade than light. Such a missed opportunity, but very Sydney. 

That said, Barangaroo is home to several much-admired restaurants with the latest arrival to The Streets of Barangaroo is Astro, billed as a "modern Asian BBQ restaurant inspired by the izakayas of Tokyo and the barbeque eateries of Seoul".

Pan Asian restaurants have a spotty history so we shall see.

Astro sits on the former SOOT site (it was a Korean barbecue joint), and is open for lunch and dinner offering "casual, izakaya-style dining accompanied by fun Japanese 80s ‘City Pop’ tunes".

So clearly a lover of Bruce Springsteen and the Allman Brothers is not the demographic.

Astro is the latest venue from David Bae and Kolture Group with the name Astro coming from Astro Boy, the first popular anime created based on manga that brought Bae joy in his youth.

“As a child, I was happily glued to the TV watching Astro Boy with friends and family," he said. "Fast forward to today and I feel we are all so glued to the hustle of the rat race that we’ve forgotten how to balance work with fun.

"I wanted to create a venue where you can unwind at lunch or after work eating incredible izakaya-style dishes, combining the communal atmosphere that Yakiniku or Korean BBQ brings, while knocking down some refreshing highballs and just having a damn good time.”

Following on from his recent success with Matkim, executive chef Jacob Lee shifts gear from fine dining to semi-casual with a lunch menu that focuses on donburi bowls.

The dinner menu offers a selection of izakaya-inspired small dishes, yakiniku (barbecued meats) and rice and noodle dishes.

Astro’s drinks list features a selection of fun cocktails: Shiso Sexy is a mix of vodka, coconut, pistachio and shiso; and Full Moon, a combination of gin, lychee, shichimi and green tea.

The Streets of Barangaroo is a Sydney waterfront precinct and home to over 90 food and beverage, lifestyle, fashion, wellness, curiosity and convenience outlets.

Astro is open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch from 12pm-3pm and dinner from 5pm-10:30pm. See

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