The 18 Most Exciting New EVs Hitting The Roads

Between now and 2025, dozens of all-electric coupes, sedans, SUVs and hypercars will hit the market.

By Bryan Hood 15/06/2021

There’s no denying it – the electric revolution is here.

It may have taken a while—and probably longer than it should have—but the last couple of years have seen a seismic shift in the automotive landscape.

Essentially every major brand, luxury marque and supercar specialist has committed to making fully electric cars.

What’s even more surprising is how quickly these cars will be arriving. Between now and 2025, dozens of electrified coupes, sedans, crossovers, SUVs and hypercars are scheduled to hit the market. From the GMC Hummer EV to the Mercedes-Benz EQS and the Lotus Evija, here are 18 battery-powered vehicles that we can’t wait to see on the road in the next four years.

Aspark Owl (2021)

Aspark Owl hypercar

Aspark Owl Aspark

Japanese carmakers may not be known for their hypercars, but that doesn’t make the Aspark Owl any less exciting. We’re still waiting on the futuristic hypercar nearly four years after it was first announced at the Frankfurt Autoshow, but if Aspark really can deliver what it’s promised, it’ll be more than worth it. According to the brand, its next-generation speed machine is really coming this year, bringing with it a quad-motor powertrain capable of delivering a staggering 1480kW, the ability to rocket from zero to 100km/h in 1.72 seconds, a top speed of 400km/h and a 450km driving range. The company plans to make 50 examples of the $4.62 million electric hypercar. Act fast to get yours.

Audi e-tron GT (2021)

2022 Audi e-tron GT

Audi e-tron GT Audi

The Volkswagen Group has made very clear over the last few years that it’s focused on electrification. This is true of all its brands, including luxury marque Audi. Like its German peers, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the brand has already launched a dedicated battery-powered line, called e-tron. The first vehicle, an SUV, arrived in 2018, but we will soon see the arrival of the company’s most exciting EV, the e-tron GT. The approx $190,000 grand tourer will feature everything enthusiasts have come to expect of the beloved A7 sedan—only without the emissions. And if the EV’s 350kW and 630Nm of twist aren’t enough for you, don’t worry, because an RS variant is on the way.

Bentley Electric SUV (2025)

2021 Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid

Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid Bentley

Details are still scarce, but Volkswagen Group’s most luxurious brand, Bentley, will be getting an EV of its very own before the midway point of the decade. This isn’t just some vague promise, either, but a pledge from none other than the marque’s CEO, Adrian Hallmark. In the autumn of 2021, the exec promised there would be a battery-powered Bentley ready to go by 2025. It still remains to be seen whether that vehicle will be completely new or based on a pre-existing model, but don’t be surprised if it’s an SUV like the incredibly popular Bentayga, which already has its own hybrid variant (pictured above). As Hallmark said, “If you’re not in SUVs, you’re nowhere.”

BMW i4 (2021)

The BMW Concept i4 electric sedan

BMW i4 concept BMW

BMW’s history with electric vehicles goes back further than most automakers. In addition to a slew of hybrids, the company released two fully electric vehicles last decade—the ultra-compact i3 and sporty i8. It’s taking things to a new level with its new i-Series models, though. The line will include battery-powered versions of some of the brand’s most popular models, including the X crossover and, most notably, a 4-Series sedan. The i4, which will be the line’s flagship, delivers 395kW, 482km of range and the M4’s massive kidney grilles. As of writing, prices were not available, but the exciting EV is expected to go into production later this year.

Bollinger B1 and B2 (2022)

Bollinger B1

Bollinger Motors

Back before the new Hummer was announced, the Bollinger EV seemed like the perfect option for those looking for a hulking, battery-powered utility vehicle. But just because a legit Hummer EV is on the way doesn’t make the start-up’s debut offering any less intriguing. Available as either a spacious SUV (the B1) or a boxy truck (the B2) with an extended bed, the company’s EV is perfect for those looking for a zero-emission vehicle with striking, retro looks. Its numbers sound pretty good, too, as Bollinger expects its electric powertrain to produce 457kW and 900Nm of torque, with a serviceable range of 320km per charge. A firm release date has yet to be announced, but the company is taking reservations for the approx. $162,000 EV now.

Estrema Fulminea (2023)

The all-electric Estrema Fulminea hypercar prototype.

Estrema Fulminea Photo: Courtesy of Automobili Estrema.

Automobili Estrema—yes, the Italian word for “extreme”—isn’t taking the easy way out. The new Italian marque wasn’t content to just develop a supercar for its first vehicle; it decided to make one with a fully electric powertrain. Dubbed the Fulminea, the sporty coupe certainly looks the part thanks to a sleek and aerodynamic exterior that includes a rear wing with an integrated shark fin. It should be able to deliver the performance expected of its V-12-packing peers, too, thanks to an innovative quad-motor powertrain that will deliver an eye-popping 1521kW. Thanks to this, Estrema expects the car to be able to accelerate from zero to 320km/h in less than 10 seconds. Oh, and it will be able to drive a solid 520km on a single charge.

Ferrari Unnamed EV (2025)

Ferrari SF90 Spider

Ferrari SF90 Spider Ferrari

Not all automakers have embraced electrification as quickly as others. This is especially true of Ferrari. Though the company has achieved great results with hybrids—the SF90 Stradale (pictured above) is its most powerful vehicle—the Italian automaker has been decidedly fuzzy about when we could expect to see a Ferrari EV, if ever. Finally, earlier this year, chairman John Elkann, said we should expect the marque’s first entirely battery-powered vehicle by the middle of the decade. Will it be a sports car? Or maybe an SUV? (The company’s first, the Purosangue, is on pace to launch next year.) Who’s to say at this point. All we know is that an EV will eventually roll off the line in Maranello—and we can’t wait.

 

Genesis Electrified G80 (2023)

2021 Genesis G80

Genesis G80 Genesis

Genesis has built its reputation on a series of no-nonsense luxury vehicles that offer spirited performance, excellent craftsmanship and superlative dependability. Leading the way has been the G80 sedan, a sleek vehicle that mixes elegance and sportiness effortlessly. So, it makes sense that the brand would use the sophisticated sedan as the basis for its first EV. Set to debut later this year, the four-door will look just like the gas-powered version, only with a charging outlet. We’re still waiting on the final details, including pricing, but the all-electric sedan will feature a dual-motor powertrain, all-wheel drive and 480-plus kilometres of range.

GMC Hummer EV SUV and Truck (2021 and 2023)

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV.

GMC Hummer EV GMC

The great irony of General Motors’ first major EV is that it is based on the Hummer, one of the most notorious gas-guzzlers of all time. But that is in fact the nameplate the Detroit giant chose to electrify first and, to be quite frank, what a perfect choice. Available as either a supertruck or an SUV, the Hummer EV is the hulking behemoth you remember, only without any of the emissions. It doesn’t just look the part, as its tri-motor powertrain will be able to produce a staggering 745kW while still being able to travel 560km on a single charge, thanks to GM’s Ultium battery tech.

Jaguar’s Whole Line (2025)

2020 Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace Jaguar

It’s not uncommon for an automaker’s first EV to be a fully electrified version of one of its most popular models. Jaguar, though, isn’t just stopping at one vehicle; the marque has announced that its entire line will be fully electric by 2025. Indeed, that means the marque will no longer sell any vehicles with internal combustion engine or even hybrids powertrains in four years’ time. That’s a bold step, but the company seems confident it’s the right one. One thing to note, though, is that we don’t know what cars will be included as part of the electrified line, as none have been revealed yet. It’s not even clear if the brand’s first EV, the I-Pace crossover, will make the cut. Stay tuned.

Lexus LF-Z (2022)

2021 Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept vehicle

Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept Lexus

It’s rare to see concept cars make it to production. In fact, Lexus even warned people that the futuristic LF-Z Electrified wouldn’t make it past the prototype phase when it was unveiled this March. A little over two months later, the luxury marque pulled a hard U-turn and announced that it would actually make a production version of the futuristic crossover that will arrive in late winter or early spring 2022. That’s about all we know, though, other than the fact that the car will have an all-electric drivetrain. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that some of its more intriguing features—an electrochromic glass roof, AI-powered infotainment suite and “Direct4” all-wheel-drive system—also make it to production.

 

Lotus Evija (2021)

The Lotus Evija electric hypercar

Lotus Evija Lotus

The Lotus name doesn’t carry the weight it once did, but its first EV could change that. That’s because the Evija could be one of the most powerful production vehicles of all time. The British marque has promised a futuristic hypercar with an all-electric powertrain capable of producing a mind-blowing 2,000 horses. That powertrain will supposedly be able to deliver a sub-three seconds zero to 100km/h time. It will also rocket the EV from zero to 300km/hin nine seconds and help it reach a top speed in over 200 mph. Jaw-dropping stuff, right? It’s got a price tag to match, as the cost of owning your own Evija is expected to start at approx. $3 million when it goes on sale later this year.

Lucid Air (2021)

Lucid Air electric sedan

Lucid Air Lucid Motors

Tesla may have its fair share of sceptics, but there’s no denying the company makes some of the best and most popular EVs on the market. That might explain why Lucid hasn’t hidden its desire to take on Elon Musk’s company. Its first EV, the approx $200,000 Air, feels like a direct shot at the EV giant’s Model S. And if the start-up, which is composed of a bunch of former Tesla employees, can deliver what it has promised—805kW, zero to 97km/h in less than 2.5 seconds and record-setting 832km of range—it just may just have a chance to knock the Model S from its perch as the premier electric sedan currently on the market.

Mercedes-Benz EQS (2021)

The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS.

Mercedes-Benz EQS Photo: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz AG.

Mercedes-Benz, like Audi and BMW, its German peers, is fully committed to the electric revolution. Like those two luxury marques, Mercedes has launched EQ, its very own electric line. The line, which first launched in 2019, will eventually include compacts, sedans, crossovers and SUVs, including the G-Wagen. The brand’s most intriguing EV, though, is the EQS. The battery-powered version of the stately S-Class will become the line’s flagship when it’s released later this year, and has all the features you’d expect from the marque, including a plush and decidedly high-tech interior, a sleek exterior, over 372kW and 480km of range.

Pininfarina Battista (2021)

Pininfarina Battista

Pininfarina Battista Photo: Courtesy of Pininfarina

Pininfarina’s design chops are legendary among car lovers. The famed coachbuilder looks ready to do more than just design a beautiful hypercar, though. For its next project, the Italian brand is building its very own hypercar from the ground up. Although almost all of its famous creations have featured a internal combustion engine under the hood, the Battista will feature a fully electric setup. Powered by a 120 kwh battery back, that powertrain is expected to produce a monstrous 1416kW and 2300Nm torque. An all-electric hypercar with a Pininfarina body won’t come cheap, though. Pricing for the stylish EV is expected to start at approx. $3.2 million.

Porsche Macan EV (2023)

Porsche starts real-world testing of its electric Macan.

Porsche Macan EV prototype Photo: Courtesy of Porsche AG.

Porsche has already proven that it can make an EV. The Taycan sedan, which made its debut in the spring of 2019, is still one of the best you can buy, combining luxury and performance in equal measure (even if its range leaves a little to be desired). That’s why we’re so interested in the Maycan EV, its next all-electric vehicle. Even though it’s not an entirely original vehicle, unlike the Taycan, we’re curious to see if the German marque can do for battery-powered SUVs what it has for zero-emission cars. If you’re still hung up on the Taycan—and, if so, who can blame you—there will soon be another version to choose from, too: the Taycan Cross Turismo sports wagon.

Rimac Nevera (2021)

Rimac Nevera electric hypercar

Rimac Nevera electric hypercar Rimac

For some, it’s hard to take the idea of the all-electric hypercar all that seriously. It sounds amazing, of course, but can any automakers actually deliver on what they’re promising? The one that seems closest, from our vantage point, is Rimac. Although they may not have the name recognition of a brand like Lotus, Rimac’s Nevera is easily the farthest along in development. Set to go into production later this year, the final version of the Croatian company’s C_Two concept will feature a quad-motor powertrain that produces a staggering 1427kW and 2359Nm of torque, or three times the power of a traditional internal-combustion engine supercar. Thanks to this setup, the approx. $3.1 million car can jet from a rolling start to 100km/h in 1.97 seconds, hit a top speed of 400km/h+ and travel 547km on a single charge. Electric clearly doesn’t mean slow.

Tesla Cybertruck (2022)

The Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla’s Cybertruck brings the post-apocalyptic future to the present day. Tesla

Tesla has done more to change the auto industry this century than any automaker that’s decades its senior. Still, since the Model S launched in 2012, there hasn’t been as much new excitement for its line of EVs—that is, until the Cybertruck. The all-electric pickup, which seems like something of a personal obsession for CEO Elon Musk, just may be the most eagerly anticipated car in the world—and with good reason. Aside from looking like no vehicle before it, Tesla has also promised the Cybertruck will be able to zoom from zero to 60 mph in less than three seconds, tow 14,000 pounds and go 500 miles on a single charge. If the Cybertruck doesn’t appeal to you—which it very well might not—there’s also the Roadster to look forward to. But considering how frequently that’s been delayed, it may be even more of a pipe dream than its pickup sibling.

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The Tod’s SS25 Men’s Collection in Milan Was a Showcase of “Artisanal Intelligence”

It was also the debut men’s collection by creative director Matteo Tamburini.

By Josh Bozin 20/06/2024

Earlier this week, Tod’s presented its SS25 men’s collection at the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (PAC) for Milan Fashion Week, where all eyes were fixed on Matteo Tamburini and his debut menswear collection as Tod’s newest creative director.

Striking “a balance between tradition and modernity”, was the former Bottega Veneta designer’s intention, and indeed his showcase offerered a spotlight on the quality, materials, and detailing that are central to the Tod’s wardrobe.

“The collection is more about subtraction rather than addition, highlighting the very elevated, timeless and relaxed materials,” says Tamburini via a statement.

Tod’s

In line with Tod’s restrained design codes, the garments presented were characterised by timelessness, unmistakable Italian flair, yet a casualness appropriate for everyday wear. Only the best leathers were used in the collection—thanks to the Pashmy project, which Tod’s unveiled in January to champion high-end Italian materials—used in creating garments like the Tod’s Bomber, the Gio Jacket, the Shirt Jacket, the Di Bag sack, as well as footwear staples, like the Tod’s T-Riviera.

Of course, the iconic Gommino driving shoe wasn’t without an update, too: you’ll find a new sabot interpretation, as well as the Bubble Gommino introduced in a new boat model with the T-bar accessory.

“Craftsmanship” was at the forefront of messaging, with chairman and chief executive officer of the Tod’s Group, Diego Della Valle, reiterating the message of honouring artisanal arts in an increasingly digital-first world.”[It’s] important to uphold artisanal intelligence, keeping under control artificial intelligence as it is now developing rapidly and powerfully,” he said via a statement.

“Individuals and artisanal intelligence at the centre, with its traditions and values, will contribute to keep artificial intelligence in check. Our Italian craftsmanship and supply chain can be an example of the combination of tradition and the new speed of artificial intelligence.”

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Pitti Uomo’s Best-Dressed Men Cut Through the Noise With Personal Style

From vintage gems to tasteful tailoring, attendees of Florence’s biannual tradeshow brought their best sartorial selves.

By Naomi Rougeau, Lorenzo Sodi 20/06/2024

Whether or not you’re well versed in the ins and outs of Pitti Uomo, the biannual menswear tradeshow in Florence that brings together buyers, press—and, naturally, a vast ostentation of peacocks—the chances are that photos from the gathering are still making their way into your newsfeed. You might even smirk at the mention of it. To be sure, you’ll encounter plenty of “overdressing” strolling through the main venues but by and large, great personal style manages to cut through the noise.

Part of what makes the Pitti scene so exciting is that menswear moves relatively slowly. It’s less about seeing something earth shatteringly new but rather gradual shifts and discovering fresh ways to put things together. Menswear regulars such as Alessandro Squarzi, owner of a considerable vintage archive that influences his Milanese boutique Fortela, can be relied upon to provide inspiration on how to make tried and true staples and silhouettes feel modern.

Speaking of new old things, vintage fashions made their way into the chat in a big way this June, whether in terms of rare finds or sustainable efforts via upcycling, fabric development and natural dyes (Paris-based De Bonne Facture achieved an ideal medium brown using coffee, for instance). At the heart of the conversation was another bona fide vintage guru Maurizio Donadi who made a case for the timelessness and democratic nature of indigo with his centuries-spanning exhibit of antique garments from around the globe.

Below you’ll find a dozen of our favorite looks from Pitti Uomo 106, lensed by our eagle-eyed street-style photographer Lorenzo Sodi. We hope they inspire.

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A lesson in simplicity and the power of a classic palette—good quality vintage accents such as a turquoise embellished belt buckle add interest to timeless workwear. Ray-Ban’s universally-flattering Wayfarer sunglasses are the perfect finishing touch.

Lorenzo Sodi

Sans suit and shirt, the neckerchief (of which there were many at Pitti), adds a welcome dose of colour to a white tee and relaxed jacket and proves that sometimes one choice detail is all it takes. A well-loved, slightly-too-long belt and canvas Vans contribute to the casual harmony.

Lorenzo Sodi

Whatever the weather, you’ll find Douglas Cordeaux, from Fox Brothers, looking immaculate in shirt and tie… and a suit made of one of Fox’s many fabrics. British elegance, embodied.

Lorenzo Sodi

Relaxed elegance is the foundation of the Brunello Cuccinelli brand. Here, the maestro himself shows us how it’s done in a double-breasted linen ensemble featuring a few personal flourishes.

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Designer Alessandro Pirounis of Pirounis offers a masterclass on the rule of three with a contemporary twist, subbing the usual jacket with an overshirt of his own design.

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A renaissance man takes Florence. True to his roots, US Marine veteran, Savile Row-trained tailor and photographer Robert Spangle blazes a sartorial trail that’s all his own.

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Cream trousers are an essential element of elegant Italian summer style. Designer Nicola Radano of Spacca Neapolis channels one of the greats (Marcello Mastroianni) in a dark polo of his own design, collar spread wide across his jacket’s lapel for a welcome retro lean.

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Proof of the power of tonal dressing, that can create an impactful outfit just by sticking to the same colour family. A chic ensemble and in some ways an elevated version of the double-denim look, every element is working hard in service to the whole.

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UK-based stylist Tom Stubbs has long been a proponent of blousy pleats, lengthy db jackets, and statement-making neck scarves and here, in vintage Armani, he embodies the louche, oversize look that many designers are just now catching up on.

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A tailor splitting his time between Berlin and Cologne, Maximilian Mogg is known for his strong-shouldered, architectural suiting. Yet in Mogg’s hands, particularly with this non-traditional colour scheme, the effect is always modern and youthful.

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If Max Poglia’s relaxed Hawaiian shirt and suit combo is any indication, summer has truly arrived. But it’s an excellent example of how to wearing tailoring in more casual fashion. This cream db would look perfect with shirt and tie at a wedding in August and just as chic here with slippers and a laid-back shirt.

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Another example of how tailoring can be laid-back and breezy for summer, from a dude who looks no stranger to enjoying the best of the warmer months. Jaunty pocket square, sandals, untucked linen shirt…go forth and emulate.

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The 13 Best Watches From Pitti Uomo, From Rolex to Patek Philippe and Piaget

Each year in Florence, Italy, men walk the streets in the finest fashions, and they pair their watches perfectly.

By Allen Farmelo, Lorenzo Sodi 20/06/2024

Pitti Uomo is a major fashion gathering in Florence, Italy where brands bring their best to buyers and fashion editor alike. But, perhaps more interestingly, Pitti Uomo transforms the streets of Florence into an urban runway on which guys from around the world with more than a passing interest in style go about their business—even if in some cases that business seems just to be hanging around waiting to be photographed—in their best threads and, of course, some excellent watches.

We pondered the relationship between men’s fashion and watches in more detail earlier this year, and what’s fascinating about the intersection of fashion and watches is how to situate the timepiece within an ensemble. To give you a sense of how that plays out, this year we saw a tonal pairing of a tasty vintage Rolex GMT Master Pepsi (red and blue) with rose and mid-blue summer plaid, and we saw high-waisted military green Bermuda shorts paired intelligently with a beat up old Elgin field watch with a matching green strap. Both looks were killer, the watches working as perfect accents, and there are many more great pairings to consider below.

As is often the case at fashion shows (including Pitti Uomo in previous years), Rolex dominated. Horological snobs might look down on this choice because the Crown is so often the default choice for so many, be they collectors signalling their access to rare references or those just getting into this obsession. But a more nuanced read on this tendency is that Rollies are fabulously versatile watches that one can rock with each new outfit—which some men will swap throughout the day. Breakfast might call for a casual look, lunch something more daring, and dinner that perfect summer suit. What better than a Rolex for all occasions?

But it wasn’t just Rolex at Pitti Uomo this week. The urban catwalk brought out Paiget, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and Cartier, as well. But our favourite watch was a vintage Tudor Sub on a turquoise bracelet.

Below are the 13 best watches from Pitit Uomo 2024.

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The 10 Best Omakase in Sydney

Sydney’s best Japanese chef’s-table dining experiences.

By Belinda Aucott-christie 06/06/2024

In Japan, where food is a cultural art form, omakase stands for traditional Japanese foods made with seasonal ingredients. A good omakase meal, prepared with purity and mindfulness, can make an unforgettable imprint on the culinary memory. Yet in a land defined by seasonal traditions, omakase is a relatively new concept.

Omakase originated in Japan in the 1970s as affluent Japanese began to dine more regularly at first-rate sushi counters. Bowing to the expertise of the sushi master, omakase loosely translates to “I’ll leave it to you.” In a setting where money is no object, letting the chef decide was designed as a chic way to take the awkwardness out of ordering.

In Australia where there’s an abundance of fresh seafood, omakase menus have experienced a recent rise in popularity. Today omakase is any series of small dishes served directly by the chef to the diner. Each part of the meal is presented on beautiful ceramics and lacquer wear, with a great —and somewhat— intimidating reverence for elegant details. It’s a chance to see a chef’s knife skills up close and get a feel for their cooking style.

Omakase menus are based on whatever is freshest at the market and can be influenced by the chef’s mood, expertise, and response to the guest. They can be slowly paced like a ceremony—hushed and reverential—but they can also be rowdy, humorous, and personal.
Here we give you 10 of the best to try in Sydney.

Yoshi’s Omakase at Nobu Crown Sydney

Crown Sydney, Level 2/1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo. Open: 12–3 pm, 5:30–9:30 pm Phone: 02 8871 7188 Reservations: F&B-SYD-Nobu@crownresorts.com.au; $380 per head (including matched wine and sake). Crownsydney.com.au

Sushi Oe

16/450 Miller St, Cammeray; Tue – Sat. SMS only 0451 9709 84 E: jizakana16@gmail.com Phone: 0426 233 984 $230 per head. jizakana.com.au

Kisuke with Yusuke Morita

50 Llankelly Place, Potts Point; Tuesday – Saturday: 17:30 – 10.45 (closed Sunday/ Monday) $185-200 per head Kisukepottspoint.com

Haco 

102/21 Alberta St, Sydney. Lunch, Friday to Saturday 12 -2:00 pm Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday 5:45 pm – 8:1 5pm (closed Sunday & Mondays) P: 0408 866 285                                     E: haco@hacosydney.com.au; $150 – $210 Hacosydney.com.au

Kuon

Shop 04 2/58 Little Hay St, Sydney, Lunch: Fri-Sun 12:30 pm. Dinner  Tue-Sun 5:15 pm or 7:45 pm sittings.  Reservation via SMS at 0488 688 252; $220 per head @kuon.omakase

Sokyo 

The Darling, Level G, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont. Open dinner Monday to Thursday from 5:45 pm P: 1800 700 700 $300 per head Sokyo.com.au

Kuro

368 Kent St, Sydney; Open Tue – Wed – Thur: 6 pm Fri & Sat: 5:30 pm P: 02 9262 1580, reservations@kurosydney.com $220 per head. Kurosydney.com;

Choji Omakase

Level 2, 228 Victoria Ave, Chatswood —upstairs from Choji Yakiniku. Every Monday to Wednesday at 6.30 pm. One seating per day only. $295 per head. Chojiomakase.com.au

Gold Class Daruma

The Grace Hotel, Level 1/77 York St, Sydney; 12–2:30 pm, 5:30–9.00 pm Phone: (02) 9262 1190 M: 0424 553 611 booking@goldclassdaruma.com.au·$120 – $150 per head Goldclassdaruma.com.au

Besuto

Besuto Omakase, Sydney Place precinct, 3 Underwood Street, Circular Quay. Omakase is available to book for dinner – Tuesday to Saturday. 5:30 pm & 8pm sittings. From $250. Besuto.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is no soy and wasabi offered during my omakase meal?
Even though sushi and sashimi are being served, the chef is serving each piece of sushi so quickly and directly that the chef is applying the wasabi and soy to the sushi themselves. Watch as they brush the top of the fish with soy and dab a tiny amount of wasabi on the rice, under the fish. You should not need to add extra, and in fact, it can be insulting to the chef to add more. Bathing the bottom of the rice of your sushi in soy sauce is considered bad manners, as it is seen as detracting from the flavour of the fish.

Nobu, Sydney

Can an omakase experience accommodate my dietary needs?
Although there is often little variation once the chef has set the daily menu, some customisation is possible. Advise the restaurant when you book and remind them of allergies or aversions again as you sit down. They will let you know when you book if your allergy is possible for the chef. Japanese menus feature a lot of seafood and dashi so accommodating a no seafood request can be genuinely tricky.

What are the golden rules for chopstick etiquette?
Use your chopstick holder in between eating, rather than putting chopsticks on your plate. Don’t use your chopsticks to gesticulate or point; if offering food to someone to try, never pass food directly from your chopsticks to theirs. Rather place the food onto a small plate and let them pick it up.
Never touch communal or shared food with your chopsticks. The longer, slightly larger chopsticks are like sharing cutlery, never put these in your mouth.

Without a menu, how can I know what I am eating during omakase?
Omakase is often a no-menu situation, and you are expected to try new things. Attending an omakase experience with an open, trusting mind yields the best results.
There are Wagyu and tempura omakase that reflect the chef’s personal predilections and training, but in a standard luxury omakase, the format will include a lot of freshly caught seafood and will usually kick off with a delicate appetiser. This will be followed by a sashimi and sushi course, a savoury egg custard (chawanmushi) with meat and seafood, a cooked or blow-torched market fish, a soup course, and dessert.

Can I talk to the chef during omakase? What is the protocol?
Guests at an omakase experience are welcome to ask questions of the chef; in fact, interacting with the chef is part of the experience. It is considered polite to ask questions or inquire about the food so they can explain.

What is best to pair with omakase  in terms of drinks?
In general, wine and sake are a perfect match for omakase. Aged fish and vinegar have strong umami flavours so depending on which course you enjoy, different wine and sake will pair well. Dry chilled sake is a great choice. Amazing sakes are imported into Australia, so trust the restaurant to advise you and take you on a sake journey at the same time.  If you don’t like sake, drinking chardonnay, a crisp young riesling, or even a dry complex Riesling is also totally acceptable. All three styles help bring out the flavour of the fish. Champagne can also be good. Try a blanc de blancs— 100% chardonnay —for a great way to start the meal. As you progress, remember that sake is good for dishes with a strong taste, such as uni and eel.

Nobu, Sydney

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The Sonos Ace Headphones Are Music to the Ears

The audio giant has (finally) revealed its foray in the personal listening category.

By Josh Bozin 20/06/2024

In the ever competitive market for premium headphones, few brands have captured the hearts (and ears) of audiophiles, professionals and enthusiasts alike. Bowers & Wilkins, Bose, Sony, and even Apple come to mind when debating great audio brands in 2024. Then there’s Sonos.

For over 20 years, the American audio manufacturer has been lauded for its high-end capabilities, particularly in a home setting; Sonos changed the game for the integration of home entertainment. But it had yet to venture into the realm of headphones.

Until now. Earlier this month, the company marked its long-awaited entry into the personal-listening category, with the launch of its highly anticipated Sonos Ace over-ear headphones.

“Fans have asked us for years to bring the Sonos experience to headphones,”says Patrick Spence, CEO of Sonos, “and we knew our first foray into the category needed to champion the type of innovation and sound experience Sonos has become synonymous with.”

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On paper, the Sonos Ace is an enticing proposition: a premium over-ear headphone featuring lossless and spatial audio, intuitive Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), and Aware Mode. Most appealing, however, might be its new immersive home theatre offering; the Sonos Ace can pair to compatible Sonos soundbars with just a tap of a button. The new TrueCinema technology, which arrives later this year, will precisely map your entertainment space and then render a complete surround sound system for an unparalleled listening experience.

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Retailing at $699, they aren’t exactly cheap, and there more affordable headphones that compete with Sonos in terms of audio output and high-fidelity sound. But where Sonos thrives is in the details. Available in  stealthy black and pure white, the Sonos Ace are sleek and stylish right out of the box. Sure, there is some resemblance to the Apple Air Max Pro—arguably its greatest rival in the over-ear headphone segment—but Sonos has also added its own design touches, and it’s clear the Ace was made to look and feel as good as it sounds.

Its distinctive, slim profile elegantly blends metal accents with a sleek matte finish, and thanks to the use of lightweight, premium materials like memory foam and vegan leather, you get an airy fit that isn’t overbearing, even after extensive use. The design of the Sonos Ace is also intuitive; tactile buttons make controlling the headset a cinch, and pairing with Apple or Android devices is also straightforward. The dedicated Sonos App is also helpful for customising (somewhat) your listening experience, from altering EQ to turning on certain capabilities, like Head Tracking.

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It does fall short on a couple of key fronts.  I was expecting more from the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) for over-ear headphones of this price point; there’s no way the ANC as it stands will filter out the sounds of a plane engine, for example. I also found the Sonos Ace has an issue, albeit subtle, with the mid-bass, which can sound muddy and lack punch at times.

But these are small nits. The Sonos Ace only adds to the company’s impressive standing as an unimpeachable innovator in the audio industry.

For more information, visit Sonos.

 

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