That's my current obsession, baking. But we'll save that topic for another day as I am here to blog about our Vday dinner at Sake (our favorite upscale Japanese restaurant in Sydney), which we booked and paid the deposit for a week ahead. I was excited for their degustation, while the hubby couldn't wait for the...
Junmai daiginjo sake.
I had a sip and thought that it was less bitter than all the alcohol drinks I have tasted, but it's still not my cup of tea (geddit?). Moving on to the food, we ordered a bowl of edamame and karaage chicken to whet our appetite with while waiting for the main courses.
Their edamame, as always, tasted perfect. None of that tough, teeth-breaking stuff. Every pod yielded to the teeth without much effort; truly a pleasure to eat!
Their karaage chicken was good enough to eat on its own without any of the accompanying condiments! They were crispy, meaty and with just the right amount of oiliness. It was positively more-ish, but I had only two pieces as I was afraid I wouldn't be able to finish the main courses.
Turns out, I really should have eaten more of the karaage chicken, as the rest didn't really fill me up. The course began (officially, anyway) with the smoked king fish sashimi with nashi pear salsa and sweet yuzu confit. If you dig the sweet tangy taste of yuzu, you'll love this!
"Why why why?" was the hubby's question when I told him that the next course was going to be Wagyu gyoza. He loved the gyoza, but told me that he wouldn't have been able to detect a difference if they were to use normal beef. I thought it was pretty good too. The most flavorsome, steaming hot beef morsels wrapped in tender, translucent skin... hmmm... I understand where the hubs is coming from but really, they could have used Kobe beef for all I care, hehe.
Here comes the hub's favorite of the day; the Pantagonian toothfish tempura! He said it was like the perfect fish and chips; right ratio of batter to meat, sufficient crunchiness and tender fish meat that just... flaked apart.
There was some ice-carving action going on next us. Unfortunately, we left before he managed to finish his masterpiece. :(
Run-of-the-mill miso soup.
Ditto the house salad.
Supremely excited for the final fish to be out, which was the grilled wagyu striploin and the wagyu croquet. Our verdict was mixed on this one. I liked the wagyu croquet and didn't really care for the striploin as I found them a little too chewy for my taste. The hubs, on the other hand, loved the striploin and wasn't too happy with the croquet.
That was quickly redeemed by the dessert, which I shall hereby declare the best dessert we have ever had.
And this is why. Gooey miso caramel that oozed out beautifully.. Perfect combination of hot and cold, and sweet and salty.
I was a hair's breadth away from licking the plate clean. Stopped only by the realization that the hubby actually finished his without offering me the last bite (he usually does!).
All in all, a great meal! Service was impeccable too. Le post-meal happy faces. :)