|Bench Area at Front|
There's not a whole heap of seating in the restaurant but they make the most of their limited space by having a cushiony wall couch running along the entire length of the wall.
|Rest of the Restaurant|
|Lit up Sake Bottles!|
There were about 3 sake pages, there were so many to try!
The sake looked so good on the menu that I had to go for the 'Sake Tasting Sampler' where you could pick any 3 different sakes from the list for $9. Quite cheap. I was spoilt for choice so I let the waitress pick any 3 for me.
|Sake Being Carefully Poured|
From left to right: (descriptions as per the menu)
Nebuta Momokawa Tanrei Junmai (Aomori)
Elegant and dry aroma
Bishonen (beautiful boy) Ginzukuri Junmai (Kumamoto)
Slight dry and sharp, rich rice flavour
Kurano Uta Junmai (Kyoto)
A smooth dry flavour Junmai, sweetness of rice and dryness when served cold. Matches well with Tempura, Karaage and Agedashi Tofu
One of Patty's personal favourites, Edamame. The menu had a chilli version, 'Spicy Edamame' which is was we elected for. A little bit of a let down because all they did was add some powder that was barely spicy, but nevertheless it was still microwaved goodness.
It was our favourite dish of the night, light batter, piled prawn perfection, accompanied with a delicate black sesame mayonnaise and a simple salad on the side. The flavours all worked but if there is any criticism, the batter could have been a bit crispier even though it was drowned in sauce.
|Popcorn Prawn Tempura|
Prawn Tempura with Popcorn like Texture
with a Sesame Mayo Sauce
Pork Soup Base, Little bit Spicy, Kuroki Original Ra-Men Noodle
Another thing which is pretty much impossible to pass by (well for me at least) is good beer! And with a current promotion happening, Sapporo is only $5, which is not bad for a restaurant.
Initially only here for a quick bite we couldn't help ourselves in ordering more food. To end the night we got an additional 3 hand rolls. They were all delicious and we were especially surprised that the tuna and avocado roll was made with fresh raw tuna rather than cooked tuna.
|Soft Shell Crab, Salmon Avocado, Tuna Avocado|
|Sink in the Toilet|
This restaurant is quite unique in that it has all the Japanese cuisine essentials such as the variety of Sushi Rolls, Teriyaki Beef/Chicken, Ginger Pork and Wagyu Steak but with that added extra touch. The menu encourages tapas style eating and in doing so it contains a variety of dishes such as;
Beef Cheek Stew
with Red Wine and Red Miso
Moro-Miso Baked Chicken
Miso Marinated Chicken, Baked in Oven
Ethnic Style Simmered Pork Belly
Pork Belly Simmered for 6 Hours, with English Muffin & Spicy Miso
Crispy Pork Belly
Baked Pork Belly served with Tobanjan (hot bean sauce), Mustard & Fried Shallot
Nagoya Style Tebasaki
Crispy Japanese Fried Chicken
There are several more interesting entrées and tempura dishes too which would be well worth a try. I do regret not finishing off with a dessert as they had a 'Green Tea Brulee' that sounds really good in my head at least.
The restaurant itself is presented really well and the food is quite decent. Patty and I really enjoyed the variety of the menu and would love to go again and try more food. In the end a great night and reasonably priced for the quality that was provided along with excellent service.