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Monday 13 May 2024

Tetsuya's to close after 37 years

Superstar Tetsuya Wakuda is closing his eponymous Sydney eatery after 37 years.

The Sydney CBD eatery will shut at the end of July after a remarkable run of excellence under the man who helped change the way Australians eat.

I first tasted Tetsuya's cooking when he was at Ultimo's - remarkably that was four decades ago.

I've been fortunate enough to dine at his Rozelle and Kent Street locations on several occasions since - and the experience has always been outstanding.

The hugely influential Japanese-born chef had planned to move to a new location, but has now decided to shut up shop.

In a statement he said: “Our plans to relocate Tetsuya’s to a new site after it closes at the end of July have unfortunately not worked out and I have made the very difficult decision to permanently close the restaurant after 37 years of business.

“We have spent the last 18 months planning the move and the new restaurant so this was not an easy decision, but sometimes things just don’t go to plan.”

Guests should book now if they want to dine again with the man affectionately called Tets.

There are just 79 days until its final closure on July 31.

Here is a story I wrote about the great man a few years ago: 

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