Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Reviewed by Kathrine Pope

Owner Dennis Sung and executive chef Karen Hwang – both originally from Korea – have brought great ramen, donburi and udon to the ‘burbs, since opening in early December 2017.

Expect a mix of Japanese and Korean specialities. Kick things off with the very rich, but tasty crispy salmon skin, and a double order of gyoza. The delicate and well-executed pork or chicken dumplings are a real highlight of the menu.

Sushi is justifiably popular. Try one of the specials like the dragon rolls with tempura prawns, caviar and mayo, or flaming salmon rolls with velvety torched salmon, mayo, spring onion, caviar and teriyaki sauce.

Ramen is delicately flavoured and filling. Try the ton-kotsu ramen with pork bone broth, pork belly chashu, spring onion, bean sprouts, nori, and a toffee-like seven-minute egg.

The donburi – Japanese rice bowls – come with beautifully crisp-crumbed chicken katsu (a panko-crumbed schnitzel), though you may find yourself wanting a little sauce. Possibly the katsu served with Japanese curry is a better option.

There are no desserts.

At the time of writing, Haru did not have a liquor license, so bring your own for no charge, or try one of the green, oolong or black teas.

Quiet but efficient.

Pale grey walls and blonde wood cladding make for a light bright space. The full tables make up for the slightly too brightly lit interior. Some tables are a little close together, so be prepared to converse with your neighbour.

Best for...
a relaxed sushi and ramen dinner in the suburbs.



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