Newly opened in September, Twisted Chopsticks offers dishes of an Asian influence, mainly from Japan and Korea. They serve alcohol and have early bird specials. I got a take away order of okonomiyaki, a savoury Japanese pancake, and angry duck which appears one of their signature dishes. The Japanese pancake is light, soft and moist, slightly gooey with the cheese, and contains delicious tender thin slices of pork with a lovely sweetness from the BBQ sauce. The angry duck carries quite a chilli kick and has strong intense flavours. This is tempered by the plain steamed rice and the salad. There’s a fair amount of boneless duck, though some pieces are a little dry while others are moist and tender. A brave bold dish that is anything but subtle.
Nom nom nom. Yep, a visit here will have you slurping on delicious ramen. Newly opened there are 3 ramen varieties on offer and I chose the black version which is soy sauce based. A big bowl of tasty thin noodles is to be enjoyed with a broth offering depth of flavour and while a little intense, the broccoli and pickled bean sprouts help take the edge off, the latter, refreshing the palette. Tender pork adds meatiness to the meal and richness via the fatty part which is delicious. I also got the chasu pork bun and it was amazing! I loved the fatty pork giving a burst of flavour while the blend of spices deliver the flavour punch. To finish off, smooth black sesame ice cream was thoroughly enjoyed, cooling the mouth and contrasting in texture with the crunch of the black sesame seeds.
I’ve been checking out a few restaurants in East Perth and today’s visit is to Charm Restaurant which serve Japanese and Korean cuisine. It’s conveniently located outside red cat stop 6 and with summer approaching, sitting in the restaurant with all the glass doors open creates an open inviting and relaxing atmosphere. They have quite a selection of dishes for lunch and dinner. Lunch specials are also offered so I chose one. After quite a short wait a large bowl of noodles with a deep dark sauce was presented. It also came with a duck egg but I still don’t like eggs despite eating it. The noodles are really tasty and I’m happy the black bean sauce is not salty. The sauce is well controlled and flavoursome and despite the absence of meat, the diced cucumber and zucchini are really tasty. A pleasurable meal.
For $32.90 per head which is similar to a lot of mains at several restaurants, you can instead enjoy a variety of Japanese cuisine by visiting Sakari Japanese Restaurant for their all you can eat buffet. There are a range of pre-prepared sushi varieties and salads available from the self-serve section while the other items are cooked made to order. The serving size of each item is generally one piece so this allows you to satisfy your appetite while not being stuck with a big dish, and experience a variety of items. I enjoyed sashimi, tempura, seared sushi, and teppanyaki. I particularly loved the Japanese pancake and tako yaki octopus balls, with green tea ice cream finishing off a lovely experience. The edamame seaweed salad was also a favourite. The price represents excellent value while the quality of items served from the 40+ strong menu is to a solid standard. While not a fine dining restaurant, the quality, execution, and presentation of dishes is not compromised in a lovely setting overlooking William Street with friendly service to boot. Family friendly, a quiet night for 2, or just catching up with friends, a visit to Sakari is well worth your time and tastebuds.
I was really happy to stop by and grab some lunch before heading off to Ikea and the nearby Spud Shed for some shopping. I really enjoyed my visit last time and this time was no different. Whilst very busy, it was only a 5 minute wait before I could drool over the plentiful dishes coasting by on the conveyor belt. I had my sights set on the popcorn prawn and was surprised to see it on the conveyor belt so I jumped on that one and really enjoyed the light crumb, but particularly, that slight hum of chilli which takes it to another level. After that I enjoyed some salmon nigiri sushi, 3 mix sashimi, and slightly torched mackerel on rice. I also ordered one of the highlights of the meal, deep fried tofu surrounding rice and lobster. This dish was superb, so full of flavour and moistness. I was pretty full after that selection and left very happy. Quality meal.
It’s a little unusual to have a restaurant serving two completely different cuisines in Korean and Japanese but it gives the diner more choice. I went with the Korean seafood pancake which was light, crispy and delicious with the slightly salty sauce. I really enjoyed it and it was quite a generous serving. I was pleased to see that the seafood, in particularly, the squid, was very tender. For mains I chose the beef bulgogi which was excellent. The steamed rice helps to mop up some of the marinade and meat juices but the soft tender flavoursome beef is an excellent lunchtime meal for the cold of winter. It does become very meaty and rich due to the onions, but the miso soup, spicy kimchi, and refreshing pickled vegetables help to create balance and take the edge off. The crispy and slightly sugar coated seaweed was an interesting element too.
Another visit to Shiro to try one of their lunch sets and they don’t disappoint. I like the variety, quality, taste, and presentation. It’s excellent value for money and will leave you comfortably full. On today’s outing I enjoyed the pork belly set which served lots of tender pork belly immersed in a delicious sauce which made the rice so delicious. I like the variety of the set with a delicious warming miso soup, fresh salad with a delicious dressing to liven up the greens, and today I went for the sushi which had soft shell crab which was tasty.
Since I first visited, Shiro have revamped the lunch set to offer a bit less for a cheaper price. The prior lunch set used to be like a mini three course meal which left you stuffed. I think these lunch time sets are more accessible and suited to people’s appetites and budgets. For the price, they’re great value, offer variety, choice, and quality. I really liked the delicious katsu sauce which significantly livened up the plain steamed rice. Along with the crunchy crumbed succulent chicken, the light crispy batter of the tempura, the soothing miso soup, and the refreshing garden salad and dressing, it made for a delicious meal.
Sushi offers high quality Japanese fine dining in a lovely setting with excellent service. I really enjoyed the quality and flavour of the food, but felt that the serving size was not commensurate with the price for several dishes. With the Dimmi $50 voucher, it made the dinner closer to value for money. We started off with the chef’s selection of sashimi which is really delicious with a dab of wasabi and soy sauce to kick the night off. I also enjoyed the assorted tempura but prefer a thicker crunchier batter but the juicy prawns were perfectly cooked and full of flavour. The melt in your mouth light golden brown coloured crab balls mixed in that interesting sauce was also delicious. I also particularly liked the flavour of the grill that was imparted into the succulent duck breast with a flavoursome sauce. We also tried the chicken, prawn and Jamon, and beef tongue skewers which were really delicious with the accompanying sauces. And finally, we had the nigiri sushi to round out the mains. For dessert, the dessert platter offers just about every dessert on the menu in a smaller serve which allows you to try each one. They’re all really delicious with the highlight being Sushia’s signature dish, the tofu cheesecake. The mango sorbet, chocolate cubes, and chocolate fondant also rate a special mention. Delicious.
Japanese cuisine is characterised by freshness, excellent presentation right down to the knife skills (depending on what you order), and anything deep fried is always golden brown with a crunchy batter or crumbed exterior. Two Man’s Kitchen offers up the lunchtime crowd around East Perth some lovely fare. The salmon sashimi dipped in soy sauce and wasabi is a lovely start to the meal, the light fresh flavours help liven up the palette for the main meal. My chicken katsu was tasty, a golden brown crisp crumb surrounding well cooked chicken. However, while I quite enjoy the mayonnaise that typically accompanies this dish, I found the mayo a bit too rich, not even the blandish cabbage could tone it down enough. Just a bit too creamy for my liking but all in all, a tasty meal which doesn’t hurt the back pocket.