The World’s 25 Fastest Production Cars

When car companies compete for top-speed bragging rights, the world wins.

By Sean Evans 02/07/2021

The first production vehicle to crack 320km/h was the Ferrari F40. The year was 1987; immediately after that Italian stallion’s speedometer registered 321km/h, the race to enter the 400km/h club began. In 2019, amid fervent competition between Koenigsegg, Hennessey and Bugatti, the Chiron Super Sport bested the others by a horseshoed nose, achieving a staggering 490.3km/h. In early 2020, a bevy of new hypercars was announced—several promising at least 480km/h. Then, this year, SSC North America turned a claim into reality, cementing the SSC Tuatara’s spot at number two—at least for now. So, we’re updating our list of the fastest cars in the world and expanding it to show more wheeled lightning. (Three quick editor’s notes: our sole criterion is top speed, our floor for consideration is at least 350km/h and unproven manufacturer claims are denoted.)

Porsche 918 Spyder — 350km/h

A Porsche 918 Spyder.

The Porsche 918 Spyder Courtesy of Porsche AG.

Porsche did some light sandbagging when it claimed the top speed on its 918 model was 344km/h. In 2018, one 918 Spyder was recorded clocking 351km/h. Still the fastest production car the Stuttgart marque has produced, the hybrid power train features a naturally aspirated 4.6-litre V-8, good for 446kW, and twin electric motors that contribute another 210kW, bringing the sum to 656kW.

Ferrari Enzo — 350km/h

An example of the Ferrari Enzo.

The Ferrari Enzo that sold last year through RM Sotheby’s. Karissa Hosek, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

Only 400 of these carbon-fibre beauts emerged from Maranello, all singing the glorious, throaty song of a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V-12. With 484kW lurking in that mill, and a lithe-for-the-time curb weight of 1360kg, the Enzo shredded the quarter-mile in 11 seconds flat, with the ability to continue on to 350km/h, given enough asphalt.

Aston Martin One-77 — 354km/h

The Aston Martin One-77 supercar.

The Aston Martin One-77. Courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings PLC.

This limited-edition coupe from Aston Martin was capped at 77 units, though after an accident in Asia, only 76 examples remain. Beneath the long hood lies a 7.3-litre V-12 from Cosworth, good for 559KW. That propels the aluminum-and-carbon-fibre chassis from a dead stop to 97km/h in 3.5 seconds. A series of tests by Aston showed that its steed was capable of 354km/h back in 2009.

Rimac Concept_One — 355km/h

Rimac Concept_One

Photo: Courtesy Rimac

This gorgeous stunner hails from Croatia, the first road-legal production vehicle to emerge from the brain of Mate Rimac. The fully electric hypercar employs four motors that, in concert, make 913kW and 1600Nm of torque. Less than 10 examples were produced, including the one that Richard Hammond famously crashed on camera, so when one came up for sale in New York City in September of 2020 for approx. $2.1 million, it was a big deal.

Pagani Huayra — 383km/h

Pagani Huayra BC Macchina

Pagani Huayra BC Macchina Volante Shutterstock

The successor to the game-changing Zonda, the Huayra comes from Italian speed master Horacio Pagani and is named after Huayra-tata, a Quechua wind god. Fitting, considering the 536kW coming from a twin-turbocharged Mercedes-AMG V-12. A seven-speed single-clutch gearbox puts down the power while delivering chunky, whiplash-inducing shifts, allowing you to scream from zero to 97km/h in a mere 2.8 seconds.

Pagani Huayra BC Roadster — 386km/h (Estimated)

A Pagani Huayra BC Roadster.

The Pagani Huayra BC Roadster. Courtesy of Pagani Automobili S.p.A.

The “BC” in the moniker of this entry is an homage to Benny Caiola, an Italian-born businessman who became a New York real estate titan. Caiola bought the first Zonda off Horatio Pagani himself, subsequently becoming a dear friend. This iteration of the open-top Huayra launched in 2019, after Pagani left the Geneva International Motor Show with five unsolicited deposits for a more aggressive version of the Huayra Roadster. The resulting machine features a new Mercedes-AMG twin-turbo V-12, tweaked to be about seven per cent more powerful than the coupe version of the BC. The 590kW output should be more than ample to rocket the approx. $4.6 million open-top hypercar to 386km/h.

McLaren F1 — 386.4km/h

McLaren F1

McLaren F1 Photo: Courtesy of McLaren

The iconic three-seater from McLaren was a revolutionary model from the brilliant mind of designer Gordon Murray. Built in 1993, it was the first carbon-fibre-bodied production car ever built, and featured a 6.1-litre V-12 from BMW that was good for 460.8kW and 640Nm of torque. For the then-expensive, now-bargain price of approx. $920,000, you were rewarded with blistering speed: zero to 97km/h in 3.2 seconds and zero to 160km/h required just 6.3 seconds. Simply mental performance figures, especially when you factor in that the engine is naturally aspirated. When it officially set the world speed record back in 1998, the 386.4km/h run remained top dog until 2005, when the Koenigsegg CCR bested it by all of 1.6km/h.

Saleen S7 Twin Turbo — 399km/h

2005 Saleen S7

2005 Saleen S7 Simon Davison/Flickr.

Steve Saleen set out to build a Bugatti Veyron challenger, and this street-legal race car was the result. One of the first American mid-engined performance machines ever crafted, the Saleen S7 was 100 percent hand-built. A heavily-tweaked 7.0-litre twin-turbo Ford 351 Windsor Small Block gets bored and stroked, bestowing the handsome coupe with 559km/h.

Koenigsegg CCXR — 400km/h

Koenigsegg CCXR

Koenigsegg CCXR Courtesy of Koenigsegg Automotive AB.

The CCXR uses the same 4.7-litre twin-turbo V-8 mill as the CCX, but the Swedish company modded the power plant to run on E85 race gas, which shot the power from 593kW up to 748kW be exact. Given the CCXR’s upgraded aerodynamics package and engine, it would be interesting to see how it performs in a proper top-speed run that’s in a straight line and not on a circular track (which is how the aforementioned CCR ran).

Koenigsegg Gemera — 400km/h (Claimed)

The Koenigsegg Gemera supercar

Koenigsegg Gemera Courtesy of Koenigsegg Automotive AB.

The second hypercar from the Swedish automotive wizards to grace our list is referred to as a “mega GT” by founder Christian von Koenigsegg. That’s because it’s packing 1267kW, 3500Nm of torque and has four seats, each of which was designed to hold an actual human. (Thoughtfully, there’s room for the storage of one carry-on suitcase per passenger.) The sprint to 97km/h is over in 1.9 seconds—faster than you can read this sentence.

Tesla Roadster — 400km/h+ (Claimed)

The Tesla Roadster.

Tesla Roadster Photo: Courtesy Tesla.

Elon Musk launched Tesla with a coupe, so this electric Roadster is a fitting return to his roots. Only he’s turned everything up to 11. Tesla claims its 200 kWh battery pack will provide up to 997km of range, while a trio of motors will propel the approx. $300,000-plus four-seat supercar to 97km/h in 1.9 seconds. With that quickness, the quarter-mile is in your rearview in just 8.8 seconds.

Aston Martin Valkyrie — 402km/h (Claimed)

Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin Valkyrie Courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings PLC.

When engineers from Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing put their heads together, the world benefits. The Valkyrie, or AM-RB 001 as it was known in development, is a fantastically wild-looking hypercar. Behind your seat, a 6.5-litre Cosworth V-12 churns out 865kW, more than enough to compress your innards during the 2.3 seconds it takes to hammer to 97km/h. And it has recently been spotted road-testing.

McLaren Speedtail — 402km/h

McLaren Speedtail

McLaren Speedtail Courtesy of McLaren Automotive Limited.

The rear-wheel-drive Speedtail employs a hybrid system good for 772kW, and its sleek shape and lightweight carbon-fibre construction is tailor-made for its top speed of 402km/h. McLaren claims it’ll take only 12.8 seconds to go from a dead stop to 300km/h, which is an eye-watering stat.

Bugatti Veyron — 407.2km/h

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron Courtesy of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

When Bugatti launched the Veyron in 2005, it represented a number of firsts, including fastest, most powerful and most expensive car available at the time. Behind your head, an enormous 8.0-litre W-16 engine generates746kW and a staggering 1248Nm of torque. That’ll rocket you to 97km/h in 2.5 seconds, 200km/h in 7.3 seconds, 300km/h in 16.7 seconds and, if you’ve got the guts, all the way to a top speed of 407km/h.

SSC Ultimate Aero TT— 412.1km/h

Ultimate Aero TT

SSC Ultimate Aero TT Courtesy of Wikipedia.

SSC North America’s 2007 Ultimate Aero TT has a Guinness Book of Records–verified top speed of 412.28km/h. That record has since been broken by others, and now belongs to its successor, the SSC Tuatara. But that doesn’t take anything away from this fully carbon-fibre behemoth. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged Corvette C5R V-8 that’s tuned to produce more than 820kW and 1483Nm of torque. The rip to 97km/h is 2.7 seconds, and the task of stopping the land missile is aided by twin air brakes that pop up from the rear wings.

Rimac Concept Two — 415km/h (Claimed)

Rimac Concept Two

Rimac Concept Two Courtesy of Rimac Automobill.

The second model from the Croatian electric hypercar manufacturer is aptly named Concept Two (also known as C_Two) and comes with a lot of boastful claims. The 1407kW  coupe purportedly hits 97km/h from a standstill in 1.85 seconds, has a maximum range of 646km and hustled around the Nürburgring twice without a dip in performance.

Bugatti Chiron — 420km/h

BUGATTI CHIRON SPORT EDITION 110 YEARS

Bugatti Chiron Sport Edition 110 Years Courtesy of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

While Bugatti bosses said they wouldn’t do a top-speed run (and instead just did a zero-to-400km/h-to-zero sprint), one owner hit up Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds to see the 1118 kW Chiron realise its limited top speed of 420km/h. The speedometer goes up to 500km/h, though, so undoubtedly the 2018 Chiron can go much faster, but the folks at Bugatti cite tyre limitations as the reason for the factory-installed governor.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport — 430.98km/h

Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4

Bugatti Veyron Courtesy of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Here’s yet another Bugatti, this one built back in 2010 for the sole purpose of securing the accolade of fastest production car ever built. And the Veyron Super Sport achieved it, per Guinness. From the same W-12 power plant, engineers managed to eke out an additional 134kW, bringing the grand total to 882kW. To unlock the potential for max speed, you’ll need a second key that’ll give unfettered access to the engine.

Hennessey Venom GT — 435.1km/h

Hennessey Venom

Hennessey Venom Courtesy of Hennessey Performance Engineering.

John Hennessey’s eponymously named performance group is obsessed with power and speed, evidenced by shoehorning as much oomph as it can into production cars from other manufacturers. Then Hennessey built his own supercar in 2014, powered by a 7.0-litre twin-turbo GM V-8 packing  927kW. The Venom reached 435.1km/h at the Kennedy Space Center’s 5.1km landing strip, but only in one direction. Since both directions are required for a record-holding run, in addition to a production volume of 30 or more cars (only 13 Venoms have been sold), the Hennessey doesn’t qualify for official record books. But still, the beast has surpassed 434km/h and that’s impressive as hell.

Koenigsegg Agera RS — 447.07km/h

Koenigsegg Agera

Koenigsegg Agera Courtesy of Koenigsegg Automotive AB.

In November of 2017, a Koenigsegg Agera RS, running E85 fuel (meaning it was getting 1014kW), was driven by a factory driver to a two-way average speed of 447.07km/h on an 17.7km strip of closed road in Nevada. The car, owned by a customer who suggested the feat, actually hit 457km/h during the record attempt, which is staggering. At the time, it also nabbed the fastest zero-to-400km/h-to-zero metric (33.2 seconds), the highest average speed during the flying kilometre (431km/h) and for the flying mile on a public road (444.6km/h).

Hennessey Venom F5 — 482km/h+ (Claimed)

A production version of the Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar.

A production version of the Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar. Dean Smith, courtesy of Hennessey Performance Engineering.

Hennessey Performance Engineering’s Venom F5 picks up the baton from its older sibling and rockets away. A 6.6-litre twin-turbo V-8 pumps out 1354KW and 1617Nm of twist, which propels the 1338kg coupe to 100km/h in under two seconds. And in case you were wondering, its name is an homage to the F5 category of tornados, the most intense level possible on the Fujita scale.

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut — 531km/h (Claimed)

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut

The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Courtesy of Koenigsegg Automotive AB.

The fourth and final Koenigsegg to make the list is named after the founder’s father. While the Swedes have yet to officially cite a top speed for the 1193kW asphalt assaulter, in theory, the 5.0-litre twin-turbo V-8 can reach 530km/h+. To achieve this kind of speed, the only expanse of tarmac long enough would be the 8.7km straight at Ehra-Lessien in Germany, but that’s a Volkswagen facility and it’s unlikely VW would welcome a hopeful contender to bust its Chiron’s record.

Devel Sixteen — 558km/h (Claimed)

Devel Sixteen

Devel Sixteen Matthew P.L. Stevens/Flickr.

A V-16 with 2237kW? Sounds like a dream, which may explain why it’s been in development for more than a decade in Dubai. That mill is made by slapping two LS V-8s together, and if that’s not enough oomph, you can opt for a truly bonkers 3700kW+  iteration of the Devel Sixteen for more than $3 million. That’ll just be for drag-strip dominance, as that version won’t be legal on the road.

SSC Tuatara — 455.2km/h

SSC North America Tuatara hypercar

SSC North America’s Tuatara hypercar Courtesy of SSC North America.

In October of 2020, SSC North America’s founder Jerod Shelby took his latest hypercar to a Nevada desert and hammered out a run that was touted to have averaged 508.73km/h. The internet, however, was sceptical, and shredded that session’s data in short order, negating it. In January of 2021, Shelby decamped to proving grounds at Kennedy Space Center for a redux, bringing ample recording devices and external groups to monitor. That trial resulted in a 449.43km/h speed on a northbound run, followed by the car reaching 460.27km/h on a southbound pass. Those (certified) results average to 453.85km/h, which is more than enough to notch the SSC Tuatara above the Koenigsegg Agera RS on this list.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport — 490.48km/h

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport Courtesy of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

The top spot for the world’s fastest supercar goes to Bugatti. In 2019, pilot Andy Wallace railed a tweaked version of the 1193kW, 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged Chiron Super Sport around the Ehra-Lessien track. The modifications included lengthening the body by 10 inches, lowering it and giving it a new rear aero kit, as well as a new exhaust setup. The real heroes, however, were the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres that were x-rayed before fitment to ensure perfect structural integrity. Watch the Chiron hit 490km/h below:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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