By Sacha Delfosse

Crane is a new Japanese themed venue that has opened its doors on the former site of the renowned Bayswater Brasserie in Sydney's Kings Cross.

Although Crane had a soft opening more than a month ago, it was officially launched this week with an exclusive event for industry representatives, celebrities, socialites and media.

Executive Chef Taichi Ito, formerly of Brisbane's Sake Bar & Restaurant, is heading up a kitchen that offers Japanese fusion cuisine, while Thiago Santos (ex-Vue de Monde, Der Raum and the loft) is managing the bar. [continues below]

"We are bringing some of the cocktail culture that Bayswater Brassiere had but we also have a Japanese theme so we wanted to stay true to that," said Santos.

This has led to a drinks menu filled with classic cocktails that have been given a twist by adding Japanese ingredients and flavours such as sours made using yuzu juice, Moscow Mules made with wasabi and cucumber and a 'umami' style Bloody Mary.

The bar also has an impressive selection of Japanese whiskies and sakes. [continues below]

"We are very excited to showcase Crane Bar Restaurant and our complete offering to Sydneysiders, including our striking bar, late night cuisine options, and our range of functional event spaces," said co-owner Sarah Budge.

"Our vision was to create a series of beautiful and unique spaces that are suited to Sydney's distinct style."

The venue is open Wednesday to Sunday from 5pm till 4am and has a 24-hour licence, which means it can offer a full menu until 2am.

The Shout Team

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