Welcome to Izy.Aki

Kappo Yakiniku at the Rocks

from Darren Templeman

See a typical dinner at Izy.aki


Book in for our Omakase dinner showcasing the freshest and best Australian produce,  wines, sakes and native ingredient cocktails.



From Sydney to Japan and back.

Whilst travelling through Japan, Darren Templeman identified the personalised guest experience and the connection to local produce that he feels we should have more of in Sydney.

F or diners looking for a more Ala Carte selection. They can wander to Keel Bar upstairs and find a Japanese bar menu from IzyAki with gorgeous rice bowls, tempura, pork belly skewers and more.

Awarded Bar of the Future, Daintree Sydney, is excited to support this initiative as an opportunity to bring attention to the beautiful abundance of local produce and bringing people together to experience a unique dining experience. The venue will continue to donate a massive 50% of its profit back to the Daintree rainforest, to rewild and return the land to the Kuku Yalangi people.

Located at award winning Daintree housed inside Sailors Home at the Rocks, Izy.Aki by Chef Darren Templeman (Atelier, O bar and Dining, Botswana Buthcery) is an izakaya style bar serving yakitori omakase and the restaurant carries all the hallmarks of a back street bar in Osaka; small intimate with a guest forward focus.

Izy.aki showcases the best of Australian produce, sakes and native ingredient cocktails.

Cocktails, Sake and wines curated by Aurelian Jeffredo Having worked with Darren over the many years and coming from Obar, Aurelian has years of experience curating cocktails using native spirits and more.


Meet our Family of Four

Izy.Aki is a small team of 4. Darren, Bonnie, Mini and our resident sommelier bartender Aurelien.


Darren templeman is the head chef and helms the front counter here at Izy.Aki. Alongside Daseul Yu and Mini, the menu planning and produce is sourced for your dinners with us.


Our resident sommelier, cocktail expert and host. Aurelian Jeffredo has years of experiece curating cocktails and pairing them with the dishes from the Kitchen team.
His experience includes his time with Darren at Botswana and O bar.


Mini has worked with Darrren across multiple restaurants and hails from Korean. Her background in* to be filled in

Daseul Yu

Daseul Yu (Bonnie) is a skilled chef who has worked with chef Darren in multiple restaurants. Her passion for cooking shines through her authentic Korean-inspired dishes, which have gained recognition in Australia. As a participant in national young chef competitions,Daseul Yu‘s talent and dedication have positioned her as an up-and-coming figure in the culinary world.


Sample Menu

See you soon!


Join us for a fabulous Omakase dinner.

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