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Take Me To Toshiya Restaurant-Cremone

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HELLO FOODIE FRIENDS! So like the weather in Sydney is making me ache for summer already. I sure wouldn’t mind getting all snugged up on the couch with my fuzzy unicorn blanket in front of the TV to watch me favourite food shows. Moving on…look what we found the other day Toshiya located in Cremorne was established by owner chef Toshiya Kai in July 2010. Those who are needing a Japanese hit that is more casual but offers excellent starters and mains for a moderate price then this place is it.

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Basically this menu explains its special of the day. Immediately my brain cells told me to order the special assorted entree for 2 ($39). Continue reading to know what other dishes I ordered… 😀

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What’s so secret about edamame? It is the perfect little pick-me-up snack whenever I am in a Japanese restaurant. This delightful soybeans in a pod is commonly served when you order the assorted entree for 2. The beans are generously covered in salt to add that extra pungent taste.

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 Edamame

On weekends it’s extremely busy here at Toshiya restaurant in Cremone, so I highly suggest you give them a call and make a booking.

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HOLY MOLY the special assorted entree for 2 ($39) was one GINORMOUS platter. This dish sure was impressive, 4 assortment of seafood and dumplings. We had a few stares and glares when this mighty SEA-FOOD platter arrived at our table, so I think this entree is winning for presentation. AND WHAT ABOUT THE TASTE?!?!

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 Special Assorted Entree for 2 ($39)

As expected the thickly sliced salmon in the carpaccio was fresh and packed with a lime and ponzu flavoured marinade dressing. The zestiness was ridiculously addictive that it had us asking for more.

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Salmon Carpaccio

YEAH BABY! Lightly battered soft shell crab was ready for us to devour. Each bite of the hot crab was heavenly pleasing with that crispy outside texture and chewy bite right in the center.

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Soft Shell Crab

Loved loved LOVED the grilled scallops. Surprisingly these plumped juicy scallops amazed me. The taste of the sweet soy sauce, grated ginger and spring onion stayed on my tongue longer than it should have. OHhhhhhhh this was SO GOOD!

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Grilled Scallops

I’m not too familiar with duck dumplings but look at the crispy skin! It’s fascinating to see it all covered in oil glossiness. Besides the hmmmm… skin the shredded duck filling was tasty, but it’s best to dip it in chilli soy sauce to give these wrappers a extra kick to flavour. It was a shame the dumplings didn’t win my heart after I had devoured it and it wasn’t because of the taste or textures. I felt as though these little ducklings looked a bit misplaced on the platter.

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 Duck Dumplings

How do you decide between taco and sashimi? Why don’t we have both? *Hooray* I tell you this is NOT YOUR ORDINARY TACO and I do think, NO, I BELIEVE these puts all other tacos I’ve had to shame. The golden fried taco shell was obviously crunchy and sandwiching generous amounts of chunky pieces of salmon, tuna and king fish, then drizzled with special Toshiya sauce, soy sauce and a spoonful of fish roe.

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 Sashimi Tacos

Loving the side view of this sashimi taco. I think I was doing the right thing at the right time and slowly devouring this fun-size snack. One is certainly not enough and if I had my greedy cap on I would have claimed the second taco MINE. Teehee.

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 So crispy and belly satisfying these sashimi tacos!

It was cold that night so we deliberately ordered the sukiyaki wagyu hotpot ($25). The amount of beef in this pot was pretty generous, each long slice of wagyu piece was juicy and tender. The sweet soup base wasn’t too thick so we could easily wash it down. Remember to order a bowl of rice because you certainly want to drown it with the soup.

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Sukiyaki Wagyu Hotpot ($25)

We chose the garlic teriyaki fish ($25) and it turns out we made a good decision with selecting the sauce. Loved the tenderness of the fish and there was no sign of being under or over cooked. For some odd reason the salad and dressing was damn tasty and married so well with the fish.

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Garlic Teriyaki Fish ($25)

Decided to go for the sweet miso salmon ($26) and it melted so softly in my mouth. Boy the fish had so much miso flavour but you must take a large mouthful of the fish and red onion slice together just so you can feel the tastebuds scream ITS BLOODY DELICIOUS.

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Sweet Miso Salmon ($26)

Last but not least, king fish terriyaki ($25) tastiest the same as the garlic teriyaki fish but the king fish was a bit tighter in texture. I still liked it, no doubt.

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King fish Terriyaki ($25)

DESSERT TIME!!! I spy with my little eye something that looks like tastiness! The assorted dessert plate ($14) was my weakness when our waitress convinced us it would be worth it. She told us this would be one epic plate not to be missed and it includes spring rolls, a scoop of ice-cream and green-tea crème brûlée. How can one say no to that?! The ice-cream had plenty of red bean flavour and I was still keen to have another scoop when it all vanished.

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Assorted Dessert Plate ($14)

MMmmmm the green tea crème brûlée pretty much says it all and it was awesome. My heart skipped a bit when the hard caramel cracked. Couldn’t help it but I giggled like a kid.

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Green Tea Crème Brûlée

Chocolate, fresh strawberries and deep fried pastry is always a winning flavour combo! I was intrigued Toshiya offers sweet style spring rolls. I poured my whole heart to this devilicious  dessert and I was well rewarded with this crunchy paper thin pastry that’s wrapped the warm gooey chocolate sauce and strawberries. I think my body just received a few thousand calories! Haha.

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Chocolate Spring Rolls with Fresh Strawberries

Toshiya restaurant in Cremone is a must visit because of their signature special assorted entree for 2 and assorted dessert plate. I’m pretty sure I’ll be back for these two dishes as well as the sukiyaki wagyu hotpot for those extremely cold nights.

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IPPUDO Central Park Opening- Japanese Ramen

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Just days ago, IPPUDO just opened its second restaurant in Sydney to the newest hotspot of Central Park. Super close to UTS university, I predict this restaurant will be flooded with kids, I mean, uni students. We know Japanese ramen offer different flavours and varieties in a bowl. The traditional basic broth is either pork, chicken, seafood or beef and then it is seasoned with your choice of soy sauce, miso or salt. A simple bowl of ramen with toppings such as yakibuta (roast pork) and ni-tamago (soy sauce flavored boild egg) are also what makes IPPUDO a popular taste for individuals.

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (10) Keep a lookout for more IPPUDO photos. 

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (1) IPPUDO has just opened in Central Park.

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (12) IPPUDO loves their spoons, so why not decorate it on the walls. 

Besides ramen, IPPUDO offers their own version of Fish and Chips ($14)– Consisting of battered fish that is salmon fillet, chips and ni-tamago (soy sauce flavored boild egg). My salmon was no doubt fresh and heavily battered, but still maintaining its light crispiness. This is my very favourite way of eating salmon. The chips however didn’t break through for me because it was just a tad uncooked. It didn’t offer the chips feeling like I wanted. I was extremely impressed with how evenly the tempera flavoured egg was fried, and how effortless it looks. Can you believe it…the egg is still runny?!?

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Tempera fried egg turns out to be heavily delicious. IPPUDO keeps the tempera skin to be surprisingly light for something battered and deep fried. You may have to shake off a bit of calories after demolishing this dish.

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (3) That egg yolk is insanely incredible. 

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (11)Add some additional flavours to your ramen.

Seared Salmon Sushi ($13.00) consists of only two main ingredients but is still hands down incredible. Over a naked flame, you can notice seared markings on the salmon and it slightly intensifies the flavour of the fish. This bite-sized temari salmon sushi is also served with mentai mayo sauce and cube chunks of avocado.

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (4)Seared Salmon Sushi ($13.00) 

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (5)Don’t leave it to salmon else.

Those who have had Akamaru Special ($24.00) can guess that it is probably good for us. It’s a gut feeling. Well, not exactly in your gut, but close to that area. This bowl of ramen can impact upon more that what you’d expect. Apart from the obvious findings of simmered pork belly, flavoured black mushrooms, flavoured bamboo shoots and spring onions, you’ll also received additional toppings plus Akamaru with flavoured egg and roasted seaweed. In between ordering ramen, the staff at IPPUDO will ask you whether you’d like it “soft, medium or hard”. Know that it was a difficult choice to make minus the sexual thoughts. The bottom line appears to be that this gigantic bowl of Akamaru Special can be a great recommendation for those who have a starving stomach. The noodles have a great springy texture and intense flavour of its own. To continuously sip the soup is easy because it’s fairly obvious that IPPUDO’s secret recipe meant to be a fantasy with the miso paste and garlic oil . It’s quite savoury and is combined with a hint of cloudiness rather than creaminess.

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (9)Akamaru Special ($24.00)

They key to enjoying the additional topping platter is having a bigger stomach size. Just make sure you don’t miss out on the flavoured egg, it’s another highlight for IPPUDO with that center yolk being so yellow and gooey.

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (7)Specials comes with MEGA TOPPING PLATTER!

It was such a pleasure to have this steaming bowl of Miso Tonkotsu Special ($25) in front of me. You have to get your hands on their tonkotsu broth, it’s such a rich, smooth and well balanced soup. With the miso flavours it adds an interesting kick to this bowl. Got to love their pork slices as it was quite generous in size. The pork was very tasty and all basics in this bowl are just right with hidden scoops of corn and bamboo shoots. If you can’t find it, that’s ok…IPPUDO provides that topping platter with every ramen special.

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (8)Miso Tonkotsu Special ($25)

My thoughts on IPPUDO’s ramen hasn’t changed at all in my previous post here. IPPUDO certainly knows how to maintain their friendly, informative customer service, even though Nessy Eater girl attended their soft opening. Unfortunately we missed out on their pork buns that day because the piggies knew how to run and they weren’t allowed to serve alcohol just yet. So hopefully my next visit I brush my fingers on that IPPUDO Pork Bun whilst sipping on a bottle of sake. *Fingers and toes crossed*

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This is how the internationally-acclaimed ramen brasserie IPPUDO makes their ramens. CHECK THE CLIP BELOW!

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater plus guest attended the IPPUDO Central Park Opening, thanks to Sana from SD Marketing.

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