CHUUKA

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Overview

Inside the vintage timbers at the end of Jones Bay Wharf, where the light glitters off the water and reflects the Harbour Bridge, Sydney’s most exciting culinary collaboration has opening its doors.

 

Victor Liong and Chase Kojima have brought together not only their world class skills but also their revolutionary approaches to two cuisines. This isn’t fusion, this isn’t “Asian” food, this is something you’ve never seen before. Here Chinese flavours are delivered with Japanese precision and desserts aren’t an afterthought, they’re an experience.

 

Bespoke cocktails, sharing dishes and a taste of something entirely new.

 

CHUUKA is located at the end of the iconic Jones Bay Wharf, 700m from The Star along Pirrama Road.

Team

Team

Chase Kojima

Chase is San Fran born and raised. Son of legendary sushi chef Sachio Kojima. Chase worked for his dad in his O.G. restaurant from the age of nine. Sachio never gave Chase praise or taught him his skills; instead Chase was told to steal the techniques from him.

Chase moved to Vegas to work under Nobu Matsuhisa. Chefs in Nobu would tell Chase that he wasn’t worthy to touch their fish in the kitchen. His dad also told him they’d only let him wash the dishes. Chase decided to prove them wrong. To show them not only that he was worthy to touch fish, but he was going to prepare that fish better than anyone. Within a couple of years, aged 26, Chase became the Head Chef and helped open and manage multiple Nobu’s around the world (Dubai, London, LA, Vegas, Bahamas, etc...) The fish touching was going O.K. for him.

When Chase had enough of being awesome at the Nobu group, he came to Australia to be awesome on a 4th continent. With fundamentals honed at the world’s best restaurants and a unique palate that has been shaped by an American upbringing and a global life. Chase is essentially the John Wick of chefs. Plus, he looks wicked in black.

Victor Liong

At six years of age, Victor moved from Malaysia to Sydney and fell in love with falafel. This was his first dalliance with a chickpea, and it was a gateway legume on the way to forgetting his Chinese heritage. Fortunately for us, and for everyone who loves spectacularly tasty and completely innovative Chinese cooking, in his 20’s Victor remembered his roots. In rediscovering his heritage, he learned to define what it meant for him and explored how it sat alongside the cultural fusion of his upbringing (falafel included). This journey is what has resulted in his distinct brand of cooking.

Cultural and personal odysseys aside Victor is also, in his own words, ‘damn good at cooking’. This was not a stroke of luck. It’s the result of working at some of Australia’s most innovative restaurants and having tutelage under chefs like Mark Best and Dan Hong. From a school of thought which teaches ‘anything you can do, I can do better and with more jokes’, Victor set up Lee Ho Fook in Melbourne, which he named after a 70’s song about a werewolf – because he’s Victor. Now he’s back in Sydney, and he reckons he looks even better than Chase in black.      

Functions

Award winning Chefs Chase Kojima (The Star’s Sokyo and Kiyomi) and Chef Victor Liong (Melbourne’s Lee Ho Fook) have teamed up to bring an exciting signature restaurant, CHUUKA. CHUUKA turns tradition on its head by converging the distinct flavours and techniques of Japan and China into one visionary dining experience featuring fresh local produce.

 

Chefs Chase Kojima and Chef Victor Liong are also breaking new ground as CHUUKA represents the first off-property restaurant venture for The Star as the restaurant takes over an iconic location on Jones Bay Wharf. It will feature a spectacular 130-seat dining area across two levels. The ground floor will host a 60-seat dining space, with an indulgent wine room and an outdoor bar area with panoramic views across the harbour. The first floor of the restaurant will be home to a private dining area able to cater for up to 70 guests.

 

CHUUKA will be brought to life through the fusion of two distinctive cultures coming together, with vivid colour and art to offer a striking contrast to the history and beauty of the wharf. Whether it’s a cocktail party, corporate dinner with a speaker, or a staff celebration, CHUUKA can accommodate your upcoming event.

PLANNING A CELEBRATION?

If your booking is for 8 or more guests, please submit your details into the below form and our comprehensive event kit will be emailed to you automatically.

Whether it’s a cocktail party, private corporate function, exclusive dinner or awards ceremony, CHUUKA can accommodate your upcoming event.

This form is for bookings/functions of 8 or more guests.

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Contact

LOCATION

Suite 62-64, Jones Bay Wharf, 26-32

Pirrama Road

HOURS OF OPERATION

Lunch

Wednesday to Sunday | 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner

Wednesday to Saturday | 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Bar

Wednesday to Saturday | 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Wednesday to Sunday | 12:00pm - 3:00pm