Yoshiya Japanese - 8 Aug 2013

Established in 1987, Yoshiya Japanese is still going strong. With the food served in today’s lunch, I can see why it’s still going. I really loved the moist succulent snapper with a lovely garlic flavour. It was very tender but just firm enough to hold together. Along with the fish sauce which brought out the flavour of the snapper; salad, rice, miso soup, and refreshing slices of orange to finish off, this made for a complete meal. The Japanese tea has a light tea flavour and goes down smoothly. You can feel it aiding digestion with each sip. I also loved the green tea ice cream. The ice cream was smooth and had a lovely green tea flavour with enough intensity. However, the touch of syrup and red bean to the dessert proved a masterstroke in drawing out and highlighting the green tea flavour. The syrup wasn’t too much nor too sweet and didn’t take over the star of the dish, the green tea flavour. Really enjoyed my lunch and can’t wait to visit again. . . . → Read More: Yoshiya Japanese – 8 Aug 2013

Fuku - Omakase and Teppanyaki - 4 Jun 2013

Fuku Interior

First time to a teppanyaki restaurant and also a Japanese degustation. The lit lantern, intercom, and sliding golden door seems something out of a spy movie. Walking in, you’re immediately greeted by the friendly waitstaff who deliver professional service throughout the night. The maitr’d blends in with interesting comments, directions, and knowledge of sake. The backlit glow of the sake bottle lined wall is quite a treat and adds to the whole ambience of the intimate 16 seat venue. With front row seats, the chefs entertain with some pretty jaw dropping and dazzling displays, but still deliver delicious flavoursome food. High grade ingredients are treated with care and carefully infused with flavour. I really loved the prawn, scallop and crispy prawn head course which was delicious. The crispy prawn head was something new for me and actually very different to what I thought – turned out to be crunchy and tasty. The swordfish, green beans, lotus root, and eggplant was also a highlight. Another dish which made you question what you’re eating, the eggplant isn’t what it looks like and yet doesn’t taste like any eggplant dish I’ve ever had. The delicious sauces were a key point throughout the night and the yuzu sauce was something to savour. I really loved the dessert which was an excellent finish to the night and a clever use of wasabi to provide that tangy element to a dish that required something like citrus to cut through the rich cheesecake flavour. Reflecting on the night, I really enjoyed myself along with the other bloggers, and while I was a guest of the restaurant, I certainly recommend a visit here as the food, ambience, setting, service, the unrivalled sake range, and entertainment provided by the chefs, make it well worth the money. . . . → Read More: Fuku – Omakase and Teppanyaki – 4 Jun 2013

Shiro Izakaya - 5 Mar 2013

Shiro - Wagyu Beef

Dinner is certainly a completely different dining experience to lunch at Shiro. We were very well looked after by our waiter who provided excellent service and helpful recommendations. I think the dishes are pricey, but it was good to try something very different. I enjoyed the simplicity of sashimi which requires the freshest fish, along with the soy sauce and some wasabi. The soft shell crab was excellent along with the delicious sauce and those amazing, lightly fried baby spinach which was something completely unexpected. Excellent change in texture, but still tasty. This dish was the highlight for me. I didn’t really rate the pork belly but was possibly expecting something a little different. The pork was quite tasty, especially with the apple sauce. Trying high grade Wagyu beef was an experience but not something I’d probably do again. Quite tasty, but I would have preferred the beef cooked longer in hindsight to fully appreciate the flavour rather than getting slightly raw meat. It does become very rich after eating a few pieces so sharing 150g with my friend was more than enough. The purees on the plate were fantastic and provided a different contrast to the beef. All in all an enjoyable dinner trying new experiences. We were pretty full and our $186 meal came to just $93 after the 50% discount, so at $46.50 per head, was well worth it. . . . → Read More: Shiro Izakaya – 5 Mar 2013

Ark Star Sushi - 13 Sep 2012

Nothing flash about this place when you step in and if you can grab one of the few tables on offer, you’re welcome to dine in. However, the main appeal about this place is providing takeaway food for the lunch crowd. Very cheap meals on offer that are tasty too and I really loved the freshness of the sushi. A fantastic lunchtime takeaway cheap eat. . . . → Read More: Ark Star Sushi – 13 Sep 2012

Zensaki - 17 Jul 2012

Third visit here, this time to try the katsu donburi. I enjoyed the soft plump grains of rice cooked in the broth which was flavoursome. The tender tasty katsu chicken was delicious but I missed the crunch it normally would have if it were not smothered by the fried egg. The fried egg and onion do add a richness to the meal, but the salty kick of the miso soup cuts through and enhances the overall meal. Delicious and such great value. . . . → Read More: Zensaki – 17 Jul 2012

Zensaki - 11 May 2012

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. . . . → Read More: Zensaki – 11 May 2012

Zensaki - 7 May 2012

A really good meal at jusr $12, the ramen noodles and broth went well on a cold winters day with lovely flavours complemented by the chicken karaage providing the protein component and a different teture with the crunchy deep fried coating. I definitely want to come back to try the other offerings on the menu. Plenty on the menu to suit everyone. . . . → Read More: Zensaki – 7 May 2012

Shiro Izakaya - 22 Mar 2012

I really enjoyed the ambience the restaurant provides on a lovely warm sunny day. The lunch sets are excellent value and a great way to sample various elements of Japanese cuisine via the variety offered. The serves were generous and once you have a few bites of sashimi, sushi, or tempura, munch on the garden salad, sip your miso soup, and enjoy spoonfuls of the donburi, you will feel very full, probably too full. I enjoyed all the elements offered, in particular the sashimi and tempura, and enjoyed trying something new in the donburri which was yet another way to enjoy rice. The service was excellent throughout our meal and the desserts rounded things off. . . . → Read More: Shiro Izakaya – 22 Mar 2012

Iku Sushi - 13 Mar 2012

As per my last vist, I think the setting, service and friendliness were standout features of Iku Sushi. I really enjoyed trying more sushi from their cheeseburger range. Quite an unusual idea in deep frying sushi, by the crunch of those Panko crumbs and the slightly melted cheese are interesting elements that you will enjoy. I really loved the beef version and that spicy tang from something in the sushi really added lots of flavour and lived up the dish. The bacon, mushroom and beef version was enjoyable to, but paled in comparison to the beef. For just $8.95, the 6 pack cheeseburger sushu is excellent value and getting another 6 pack free even better. They are rich, so maybe a 4 pack with something else off the menu might be worthwhile. . . . → Read More: Iku Sushi – 13 Mar 2012

Nagoya Japanese Restaurant - 28 Feb 2012

If you’re in the mood for Japanese and you’re in East Perth, head down to Nagoya for dine in or takeaway. They have a range of dishes to choose from and the place seems popular as there was a steady stream of people coming and going and taking tables to enjoy their lunch. I enjoyed my chicken karaage bento and was filling. A cheap eat that is still tasty. . . . → Read More: Nagoya Japanese Restaurant – 28 Feb 2012