HELLO FOODIE FRIENDS! How was your weekend? Mine was spent figuring out where is the best place to eat wagyu. What better way for a meatilicious dinner is at Rengaya for the ALL YOU CAN EAT WAGYU for $69 per person. It is best to make a booking before heading over there because you may be three times disappointed when the kaiwaii Japanese waitress tells you that there’s no available seats, especially on weekends. Don’t think you can manage all that MEAT?! No need to worry! They’ve also got rice dishes, soup, salad, sashimi and even soba noodles.
Whenever I go to a Japanese BBQ joint it’s just so good that hygiene comes first before sighting on the menu.
Hot hand towels are served before we begin our feast!
Had to start of with some salmon and avocado salad that includes chunky pieces of chopped salmon, teaspoons of golden cavier, scoops of avocado, sliced onion and mixed salad. Then served with soy french dressing to add an attention-grabbing flavour. So much healthy goodness in this bowl that the balance tastes so right.
Salmon and Avocado Salad
Let’s not dwell on the grossness of how this Beef Rib Porridge looks but rather how awesome it tastes and had TONNES of flavour that we accidently ordered three large bowls for the table. The ribs gave the soup an incredible flavour that it didn’t require any additional salt or pepper. It was INSANELY addictive and bare in mind there were heaps of rice buried down there.
Beef Rib Porridge
The menu definitely has salted special ox-tongue which become meltingly tender in texture when it is cooked quickly over high heat. We managed to devour this twenty serving of thinly sliced meat <5 minutes. Then seconds later guess who ended up ordering another twenty servings? Hehe.
A HUGE plate of Salted Special OX-Tongue.
Like a good steak, you are only required to flip these bad boys once on the barbecue. I’ll admit it’s just so ridiculously addictive to continuously keep adding meat to the hot pan and flipping them over every single second. It was tough focusing my eyes onto the grill as thick heavy smoke kept heading my direction but nuuuu that didn’t stop me from cooking or eating!
Ox Tongue slowly melting…OH YEAH!
A selection of raw wagyu meat just may of killed your mood to eat this but hey think of all that drool worthy fat that’s about to head your way soon. The size of the plate was twice the size of my head. The sight of the meat must of been at least 2kgs! There goes the thought of detoxing…haha.
The meat was extremely extremely marbled. Just imagine the lines of white running through the thick slices. It was super easy to get these meat burnt, so a quick toss and turn and your ready to eat.
Liking the view? 😛
And if you’re heading to the restroom do expect a wooden cat to greet you.
One way to take a break from the meaty world is ordering the Chinese cabbage kimchee filled with pickled vegetables. It is a great stable side dish for any BBQ with a peppery and briny flavour. The slices of chopped cabbage had a deep and complex texture that tastes fresh.
Chinese Cabbage Kimchee
What weirded me out was reading wagyu rib finger and it turned out to be the second best meat for the table. It was truly juicy and marinated to perfection. This is finger licking good!
Wagyu Rib Finger
We only managed a couple of pieces of the wagyu rib finger…only a couple of pieces…cough four servings cough. Tehehe.
Look at that juicy greasy meat! Can you handle it?
Before we could catch our breath, the wagyu yukke arrived and for some this may be an extraordinary experience because it is served 110% raw. This was superbly chewy with a lovely creamy feeling from the yolk. Yeah this will blow your little taste buds away!
Just when it seemed that I couldn’t handle another slice of wagyu, the outside skirt was brought to our table and we were off to grilling this. The ultimate tenderness that actually taste beefy.
Wagyu Outside Skirt
Of course the night is not over until we order a bowl of salmon flake rice that contains sprinkle of salmon flakes over the rice with seaweed. You may find fish foe hidden between the steamed rice that tastes even better when it bursts.
Salmon Flake Rice
Straight to the good times you might want to add a few slices of wagyu onto the rice. It is the most common kind of method to let the rice soak the wagyu’s juice to create a new flavoured rice.
Medium rare wagyu outside skirt goes so well with steamed rice.
Besides wagyu, Rengaya offers sashimi and trust me it is hard to avoid ordering fresh salmon. Hmmmmm…so good!
Yes I was making friends with fresh scallops. I was easily fooled by their size when they first arrived at our table. By the time these pepper grilled scallops were cooked it shrunk to the size of a dollar coin. But that didn’t ruin my judgement of the taste. It was rich and slightly buttery with a hint of sweetness.
Besides eating boiled prawns, another way to cook it is grilling them over the pan. The secret to great-tasting prawns lies in how fresh they are and let me tell you they were fresh indeed.
Sometimes the perfect way to end a 90 minute wagyu marathon is finishing it off with edamame or for others dessert is the only option.
I’m still a sucker for Rengaya’s premium meat even after a year and a half of visiting them. Click here. Some may question is it worth $69 per person and I’d say “Are you kidding me?” I only wish I could arrange this buffet for all my readers to experience this wagyu marathon.
Looking very traditional Rengaya Entrance.
Photos by Vanny Tang
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It’s absolutely amazing how Sydney’s harbour bridge can be transformed into a specular light show during winter. This unique annual event of light should also be celebrated along with graduations and birthdays. The location of Aqua Dining is spot on, and a great setting overlooking the Harbour Bridge, North Sydney Olympic pool and Luna Park. For special events, the 3 Course Weekend Delights $75 (usually weekday $89) is absolutely recommended. Their service is outstanding and friendly. Each course was decent and portion size was generous, but not mind blowing.
Sydney’s Harbour Bridge
We were surprised with complimentary soup – You’ll lick your plate clean because it’s very creamy and smooth with fresh herbs of parsley.
Using premium ingredients, this fresh slice of sourdough and olive oil certainly is just plain good. It’s unquestionably authentic as it has a thick crunchy crust and a warm dense flavourful centre.
Sourdough bread with olive oil
We started off with the first course, entrée- Tuna tartare with flakes of congo potatoes, dollops of rocket aioli, a squeeze of lime and chopped pieces of radishes. I found the tuna tartare to be a bit mushy as it looked like it was finely chopped up or blended. The aioli paired so well with the tuna as it provided an enjoyable smooth texture. As for the potatoes, it offered a crumbly texture, so it’s best to eat it separately.
The presentation showed off the Crispy cannoli in a very bright way. The cannoli is super golden crisp on the outside stuffed with creamy burrata, beetroot, carrot & celeriac and sprinkles of olive dust. Flavours of winter vegetables take center stage in this signature creation.
On the hunt for some cocktail? Well we ordered the refreshing Lychee & Lemongrass Martini ($18) – It gets a bit too sweet after a while, but it’s great the lychee is infused with vodka.
Lychee & Lemongrass Martini ($18)
The deliciousness just keeps coming from our second course- Salmon with a fresh twist of fennel puree, red cabbage, raspberry glaze and to garnish black sesame. You will taste the smokey grilled salmon flavours throughout and the puree provides a smooth element to this dish. For the raspberry, I was a bit puzzled about the flavours of sweet and sour note.
A unique offering that I found very interesting and cheesy is the Beef fillet with smoked scamorza, potato mille-feuille and drizzled in red wine sauce. My goodness, smoked scamorza atop a beef fillet? That’s what “Aqua-Dining” offers. It’s so damn good that there’s not much more that needs to be said. Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed the juicy tender fillet and the layers of potato mille-feuille, but I instantly fell in love with the crisp smoked scamorza. A savory ingredient that is so hard to dislike.
Shockingly, the Semi dried pear was particularly noteworthy as it’s served in creme fraiche and star anise granita. This dish mastered the flavours as the syrupy sauce clings onto the pear. It’s versatile to have it with the creme fraiche as it adds an extra texture. As for the granita, it provides a chilled palette refresher with a bright and vibrant flavour.
Semi dried pear
A really heart-warming treat is the reddish colour of the Rhubarb compote. This gives it an elegant exotic look and is well worth your tastebuds. It goes extremely well with the milk ice cream and crunchy hazelnut biscuit.
You’d have to be a fan of complimentary petit fours, right? I hope complimentary is already a given. The petit fours included chocolate biscuit, meringue and chewy almond orange biscuit.
Aqua Dining is undoubtedly one of the best views for dining. Though food is slightly ordinary for fine dining but it was absolutely delightful to eat whilst watching the sceneries of Sydney. I recommend Aqua Dining to anyone for special events or romantic couple dining. The staff were attentive and helpful, which made it worth the money. Yes, towards the end, you get petit fours. Hoorah to extra sweet treats!
Photos by Vanny Tang
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