Sydney❜s Gaming and Culinary Gem Bids Farewell: ESC Restaurant Closure

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Update from Friday 8 March, 2024:

It's with a touch of sadness and nostalgia that we wave goodbye to one of Sydney's most unique dining experiences, the ESC restaurant. Nestled in the bustling heart of Chatswood, ESC has been the go-to destination for both gaming aficionados and Japanese cuisine lovers alike. Its innovative blend of cutting-edge gaming and exquisite dining set it apart in Sydney's vibrant food scene.

ESC's philosophy of "Eat, Play, Chill" encapsulated its essence perfectly – offering patrons private gaming rooms equipped with the latest PS5s and Nintendo Switches alongside a menu that boasted both creativity and flavor. With a selection of 25 games for the PS5 and 32 for the Nintendo, including fan favorites like Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart, ESC ensured that every visit was an adventure.

The culinary prowess of ESC was equally impressive, with a menu that featured a deluxe sashimi platter, wagyu skewers, and the unforgettable cheesy mashed potato volcano. These dishes, often described as unexpectedly fancy for a 'gaming restaurant', were a testament to the establishment's commitment to quality and innovation.

Sadly, ESC announced its permanent closure, with its last day of service set for March 29th. In a heartfelt message to its nearly 9000 followers on social media, ESC expressed gratitude for the journey shared with its patrons. Despite the rave reviews and a strong social media following, ESC's closure underscores the challenges facing the hospitality industry, particularly in these times of economic uncertainty.


There's a new kid on the restaurant block amidst the hustle and bustle of Sydney's north shore, but this time, with a twist. 

If you're a fan of video games and Japanese food, why not combine the two? The newly opened ESC. Sydney in Chatswood is a paradise for gamers and foodies alike. ESC. is setting a new standard for what it means to be an interactive restaurant, serving delicious dishes plus a unique opportunity to engage in all manner of video games while you're at it.

Here's everything you need to know about what's behind ESC.'s intriguing doors.

ESC. is Sydney's Secret Video Game Restaurant

ESC. Sydney
The ultimate haven for gamers, at ESC. you can kick back, relax, game, eat, and enjoy!

It's safe to say that ESC. has something to entertain and delight hiding around every single corner of its quirky home.

When you book into ESC., you're given a chance to book brightly- and intricately-decorated rooms that are decked out with gaming or anime characters, plus choose from ESC.'s extensive gaming catalogue, which includes Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, and plenty of other popular PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch games. 

And when you're all battled out from gaming, you can really kick back and relax in front of a big screen, with access to endless content on Netflix, Binge, and Disney+. They really have thought of everything! 

The Food

ESC. Sydney food
A selection of mouth-watering Japanese at ESC. Restaurant, anyone? 

The consensus on the food at ESC. is that it's way fancier than you'd expect from a 'gaming restaurant.'

We're talking sashimi platters, skewer combos, udon, and soups, plus plenty of sides, snacks, and starters, and you can wash it all down with beer, shochu, cocktails, or sake. Bottoms up! 

Gamers can simply order as they go on their iPad, and food will be delivered to them without interrupting their gaming (cue, relief from gamers everywhere.) 

Booths can be booked with a minimum spend of $80 for a minimum of two people, while private rooms are available for a $100-200 minimum spend with a two-hour time limit. 

ESC. Sydney Location & Opening Hours

ESC Sydney
ESC. Sydney is open five evenings a week, plus weekend lunch times.

ESC. is situated at Shop 5 /445 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.

They're open Wednesday to Sunday evenings from 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm, plus Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes from 12 pm to 3 pm.

See you there, gamer friends! 

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