Zensaki - 11 May 2012

Cuisine: Japanese
Location: Perth CBD, Barrack St between Murray and Hay St Malls

I have a more recent food review of Zensaki here.

I was catching up for lunch with an ex-colleague and suggested Zensaki. After my first time visit to Zensaki earlier in the week I was keen to return to try the other menu offerings. The place was already quite full with the lunch time crowd but we managed to get a table. One orders at the counter first, unlike at dinner where orders are taken at your table. Also, grab your cutlery and serviettes too. I pored over the menu and decided to try an entree and have a small serve of the mains to increase variety. I chose soft shell crab karaage and a small serve of teriyaki fish with rice and teriyaki sauce. My lunch partner went with the chicken katsu and ramen noodles, similar to what I ordered on my first visit but katsu instead of karaage.

After a reasonable wait, a largish plate with 3 soft shell crab, thinly sliced onions and other shredded greens were presented, along with a medium sized bowl containing steamed rice with teriyaki sauce and 2 triangular pieces of lightly crumbed fish of decent size. I really enjoyed the soft shell crab which was soft and tender and had the taste of the sea. A lovely freshness accompanied the crab. I’m not a fan of raw onions despite the sweet and salty sauce so I didn’t eat much of that. I ate the shredded greens instead which was good. I think maybe a bit too much of sauce on the plate seeped into the lightly battered soft shell crab. Pretty good value for just $12.

After enjoying the entree, I moved on to mains. I loved the crunch of the 2 triangular pieces of fish which was really delicious with just enough teriyaki sauce to add more flavour to the soft fluffy fish. It had just that right amount of sweetness. I also enjoyed the soya sauce upon the rice which turned plain old boring steamed rice into something else. There was a little bit of salad in the bowl too which was good. For just a small serve at $5.50, what a lovely meal. There is a 50c surcharge on credit cards where the meal is under $20. Mains are available in a larger serve.

Zensaki Food Review Summary

Verdict: On my second visit, I was more impressed. I loved the freshness and light batter of the soft shell crab which was an excellent entree. The small serve of teriyaki fish was an ample size and I loved the crunch of the fish with the flavours of the teriyaki sauce and steamed rice which rounded off an excellent lunch.
Price: Reasonable
Taste: Delicious
Value: Excellent
Recommendation: Recommend

See my prior blog post:
Food Review of Zensaki – 7 May 2012

Zensaki Restaurant Details
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Zensaki - 11 May 2012, reviewed by Shaun on 2012-05-11T22:50:51+00:00 rating 4.2 out of 5

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