After opening a pop-up restaurant atop the Sydney Harbor Bridge tower (and proposing something similar for Brisbane), celebrity chef Luke Mangan is back with a new opening in Sydney, combining two of his favorite cuisines. Luc-San combines the flavors of France and Japan in what Mangan calls “French izakaya.”

“It was the meal at Joel Robuchon that prompted me to explore the French-Japanese union,” Mangan said. “I designed the menu to honor my classical French training under Michel Roux, along with my passion for Japanese cuisine that developed during the time I owned and operated Salt in Tokyo.”

Located in Potts Point, the 90-seat neighborhood restaurant welcomes you with mood lighting, a red terrazzo bar, and a soft neutral color palette that runs through the dining room.

The menu features signature features such as shrimp with French butter sauce, seaweed and shiso. Tuna croissant served with Hokkaido scallop salad. and panko-crumbed pork topped with pickled mustard leaves and churroon sauce.

The robata grill will be launched with pork, yuzu chicken, mushrooms and wagyu beef skewers. For dessert, choose either white chocolate pudding with green team and lemon chantilly, or soft meringue, yuzu curd and kumquat brandy.

If you want to try everything on offer, there are two set menus. The six-course option features pickles, market fish sashimi, pork skewers, duck confit, soba noodles with peanuts and sesame, and dogon rayu — plus soft meringue dessert — all for $75 per person.

Alternatively, you can opt for the Eight Course, which adds signature prawns plus aromatic ginger and garlic mushrooms to the mix for an additional $20 per person.

Then there are the drinks. Pair the prawns and panko pork with your choice from the extensive wine and sake list – or take your pick from the cocktail menu. Described as a “warm ginger bash mixed with electric shochu,” the Luc-San martini combines Summum Vodka, shochu, Massenez lychee, pineapple and ginger. While the regional Daiquiri is presented as “casual”. Barbie “Cocktail” features white rum, Dolin dry vermouth, watermelon, seasonal berries, lemon tincture and lavender.

Luc-San is now open on the corner of Pennys Lane and Kings Cross Road, Potts Point – operating from 4pm until late Tuesday to Saturday.

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