From the communal wood tables and low stools to the portraits of famous Japanese chefs on the walls, eating at Chaco Bar is incredibly comfortable, and you quickly feel like you know everyone around you, even if you’ve never been to Sydney or this restaurant before. The menu is broken up into small plates and plenty of skewers - everything from tuna belly and chicken wings to pigs hearts, tongue, and liver. But if you’re looking to cut down on decisions, go with a bowl of their ramen, which is only available on certain days of the week (last time we checked it was Wednesday and Sunday). And while you can order sake, shoyu, and Japanese beer, they’re also BYO, which means you don’t have to spend much money here to have an enjoyable night.
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