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Kampai Yebisu Izakaya | Regent Place

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Izakaya dining is one of the most fun experiences you can have at Yebisu Izakaya inside Regent Place on George Street Sydney as their menu serves a wide range of pub food that is based wholly on Japanese cuisine. Dishes are more for snacking while drinking but there’s no issue with ordering a bit of everything that can easily turn into a feast. Make sure when your drinks arrive even if it’s water, hold them up like brave samurai warrior after a fierce battle and shout “KAMPAI!” at the top of your lungs. (Kampai in Japanese means cheers)

Mini Spread of Yebisu Izakaya Menu

Lines are CRAZY at Yebisu Izakaya even on  a week night.

We were greeted by a lovely Japanese waitress and she explained the menu as well how to use the touch screen to order. One highlight about technology is once you have finalised your dishes and beverages, you can go to the section where it indicates “total bill” and it will show you the total amount you spent. It’s a  friendly way to keep track of your wallet so you don’t leave crying…haha.

Touch Screen Menus have landed at Yebisu Izakaya.

 

Hard Copy Menu just in case we ain’t IT savvy.

The takoyaki curry cheese fondue ($10.80) can melt any ones heart even on Valentine’s Day. It was quite a thick creamy mixture with cheese and seafood pieces served with takoyaki balls that were flawlessly golden brown all around. The bite-size takoyaki balls married so well with the fondue. There was definitely a bold curry flavour and a touch of sweetness from the cheese. Cheese is the spice of life as one would say.

Takoyaki Curry Cheese Fondue ($10.80)

I gave a lot of attention to the grilled cheese seafood gyoza ($12.80) as it similarly tasted like a pizza with a slab of tomato paste in the center that was buried by melted cheeeeeessssssse. Best part of this dish was pulling apart the filling with chunks of prawn and the CHEESE BABY THE CHEESE SAUCE.

Grilled Cheese Seafood Gyoza ($12.80)

Look at the cheeesssseee melt….THINK ABOUT THE CHEEEESE!

Complimentary wet towel when you get in a cheesy situation. 

There was a whole variety of alcoholic beverages but we picked the fruity drink that was the fresh peach calpico chuhai ($9.80). It’s an easy sweet way to start the party as the fresh mashed pieces of peach swirled around the entire cup and the chuhai was strong and diluted well with the un-carbonated calpico.

Peach Calpico Chuhai ($9.80)

We opt for one of the simplest and tastiest dish salomon chazuke ($9.30) that consisted of nothing more than a grilled salmon piece and green tea with some herbs and to garnish fresh straws of spring onions.

Salomon Chazuke ($9.30)

My tongue was so spellbound by the teas flavour blending with the salmon base making it a light broth. Now the real hidden treasure was the Japanese rice because it had soaked up all that broth and fish flavours.

Spotted a salmon piece in our Salomon Chazuke.

 The Japanese wagyu beef skewer ($7) didn’t need to be heavily tossed and turned with salt as its natural flavour, obviously coming from the fat was incredibly rich to showcase on its own. The beef was exquisitely marble for peak juicy flavour and grilled to perfection that turned out to be an A+ for us.

Unfortunately I wasn’t into the chicken breast ($4.50) as it didn’t captivate my tastebuds due to the lack of flavours, however the ume sauce gave it a sting which was slightly zesty but sadly didn’t match my jam.

The chicken meat ball ($6) that was almost the size of a corn dog comprises a mixture of flavours and textures. When I popped the wobbly poached egg it was like watching a horror film. It oozed out slowly and my face would look traumatised when the chicken meat ball was dunked into it. There was a happy outcome to it as it tasted garlicky, slightly salty but covered with egg yolk added that delightful sweet palate.

Left to Right: Wagyu Beef Skewer ($7), Chicken Breast ($4.50) & Chicken Meat Ball with Poached Egg ($6)

Very popular at Yebisu Izakaya!

Apparently every hour there’s a sake trolley that comes around just to remind you how you should party like if you were in Japan.

We don’t usually have sake but tasting a shot of Nanbu Bijin Sake sure introduced us to a whole new world of flavours. There was a clean fragrance and flavour that reminiscent to green pears that easily made us want another shot. As for the Uonuma Sake this is best well known for their style to be dry but light texture with a crisp clean of savory taste.

Nanbu Bijin Sake & Uonuma Sake

There was a lot of heart and soul in the Tom Yum Goong Roll ($9.80- 4P) as it looked garden-fresh with tempera prawns rolled in a swimming pool of fish roe and decorated with all sorts of greens including lettuce and coriander with large dollops of Tom Yum sauce. Definitely the most unique flavour roll I’ve come across but I would much prefer my tastebuds to try something more traditional in this case. Overall great efforts if you like all things chilli.

Tom Yum Goong Roll ($9.80- 4P)

Our final main had arrive and we were already up in the air like we just don’t care after a few sake shots, but the show much go on and for today’s sushi plate ($19.80) was a pleasant way to finish. This to share plate included four pieces of salmon and avocado roll, salmon nigiri, tamago nigiri, scallop nigiri, tuna nigiri and yellow tail nigiri. It was an easy way to finish as all the nigiris flavours naturally came from the fish itself and yes it was mighty fresh.

Today’s Sushi Plate ($19.80)

That spread of wine and sake. Need a wall like that at home 😀

If you’d like to watch what’s happening in the Yebisu Izakya kitchen then sitting at the sushi bar area would be the best seat in the house for that experience.

Yebisu Izakya is a great place to chill for small to large gatherings or even after work humans. If you’re not in the mood for alcoholic drinks and prefer eating then this would be the spot as there menu is so extensive, you’d want to order it all as it is catered to share. Price wise is fairly okay however we’d suggest to go with at least four people if you’d like to try a bit of everything but overall fantastic hang out as the decors and atmosphere feels like you’re in Japan.

Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater plus guest attended Yebisu Izakaya thanks to SD Marketing Global and Washoku Lovers.

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Bring on Sashimi and Sushi Busshari, Potts Point

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HEY Foodie Friends! It’s been a while since my last post and I’m slowly coming back to planet Earth. Forgive me, but ERMAHGERD winter is here. Since I’m slowly returning to the eating world I thought it was time to visit Busshari in Potts Point that is minutes away from Kings Cross Station. As I entered the restaurant I look around and it’s dark with a few dim lights, but that didn’t matter because I easily spotted the bar seating, YIPPEE!

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Is your belly excited or what for some Japanese food?!

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What? There’s sashimi and sushi at Busshari?

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Busshari Bar Seating 

We started with the chef’s selection sashimi plate ($34) that includes ocean trout, tuna, scallops, kingfish and fabulously decorated with red kombu and seaweed. Undoubtedly fresh! What a way to start dinner.

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Chef’s Selection  Sashimi Plate ($34)

Was it really necessary to take another photo of the fresh sashimi plate? YES IT WAS! My favourite was the ocean trout and tuna which had an utterly decadent texture to it and had us fighting over the last piece with our wooden chopsticks.

Busshari_Nessy Eater (3)Liking the side view?

There was an impressive looking sake menu and well I had to order one for the team. Teehee. We tried spotting a waitress with our sake bottle, but instead she brings a selection of handmade sake cups to our area first and excitingly informs us to choose a cup. I took a gamble and embarrassed myself by singing eeny meeny miny moe. Look below what I picked…

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Which sake cup shall I choose?

The Tengumai sake ($17) had the perfect sweet balance and matched incredibly well with sashimi and the sushi plate. Just a tip: If you order sake’s lukewarm/hot in winter they’re usually the ones where you instantly feel the alcohol going around to your head (like you might with vodka). After two shots of sake it did its job making my world spin.

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Tengumai Sake ($17)

I felt comfortable staring at the chef’s selection sushi plate ($34), it was hot property between two hungry food lovers. I try the unagi that’s freshwater eel broiled with a sweet brush of teriyaki sauce and tamagoyaki as well as uni nigiri and they were wonderful. The textures made me crazy that I didn’t want to share so what else to do but to continue to eat….

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Chef’s Selection Sushi Plate ($34)

This has got to be the LARGEST tamagoyaki I’ve ever had as I found it hilarious that it looked like a Japanese surf board and it’s edible. It looked so LOOOOOOOOONG that I compared it with my iPhone, almost the same height. It was tasty nonetheless.

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 My Tamagoyaki looked like a surf board. HAHA!

We applaud when the plate of  sushi roll rainbow ($17) arrives. Usually normal people would eat the sushi but I had to do investigate each sliced sushi piece. Rainbow rolls are awesome in my world because you get a nice variety of fish, and they’re colourful and I love colours. There was a mix of ingredients including tuna, salmon, yellowtail and prawn.

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 Sushi Roll Rainbow ($17)

Turns out I was lucky enough to eat three quarters of this dish. These babies didn’t disappoint and had a tasty inside of avocado, cucumber and crabstick. I loved the fragrance of the rice as it was well put together with the other ingredients.

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It’s ALL mine! 

Fasten your seat belts because the soft shell crab karaage ($18) was FREAKEN INSANCE and finger-licking good. There was good chemistry with me and those crabs. It did look double battered, but looks can be deceiving my friends. It didn’t take much to make my happy with this dish and certainly wasn’t willing to share. I take the biggest piece that I could find and it was light and crisp. It almost felt as if each piece was hollow inside but had a strong flavour of the crab. A very exciting dish to order if you HEART FRIED STUFF.

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Soft Shell Crab Karaage ($18)

Well when there’s fried food on the table one has to order Asahi beer on tap ($9.50) just to balance the flavours…

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 Asahi beer on tap ($9.50)

We genuinely liked the wagyu beef sizzling tobanyaki ($33), however for the wrong reason. After a friendly start with the wagyu beef sizzling in a clay pot with extremely hot charcoal we waited for a few minutes before we dived our chopsticks in. To my surprise the meat was kinda bland and lacked that wagyu melt in the mouth texture, but it was overall juicy. Some pieces were a tad chewy and whilst others were somewhat tender. It’s quite a popular pick for the locals as it looks fun, so do give it a go and maybe you’d get lucky with the flavour and texture of the meat. Make sure to ask for a bowl of rice ($4) to accompany those juicy pieces of wagyu or at least turn that boring plain rice into something meaty.

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Wagyu Beef Sizzling Tobanyaki ($33)

I had high levels of affection with the mixed sizzling vegetables including corn, asparagus, mushroom and a piece of carrot carved into the shape of a flower. Something about vegetables being sizzled on a hot clay pot taste so much more awesome that I required a guard to make sure none of these pieces gets stolen from me while I went for a toilet break.

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Top view of the wagyu at its best!

We struggled eating the last two pieces of wagyu and it was a real shame that it wasn’t the highlight of this dish, instead the mixed fresh veggies were. We had to make sure we didn’t get the wrong dish and had asked the waitress to clarify if this was the the wagyu beef we ordered. She confirmed this was the dish and informed us it was the wagyu shoulder. For some gut feeling I didn’t want to believe it. But hey I ate all my vegetables at the end of the day and most of the meat. How can one complain when meat is sizzling right in front of you…

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Woooo this pot comes with hot charcoal inside and a flame…

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Handmade plates made by the Chef himself, Nobuyuki Ito.

Our very last dish had to end with the dessert platter ($15) and I went way to emotional with choosing three part desserts. Living in my own little bubble the pumpkin mousse brulee made me feel like Cinderella who lost her shoe at midnight, but instead I just got fat. Teehee. The brulee was reasonably smooth and had a tiny bit of raw pumpkin flavour. Next the sesame tart was crazy intense with a good solid crunchiness to it and it was pretty generous with the sesame seeds as you can see. For the black sesame ice-cream it was undoubtedly rich and smooth and I just wanted to slab a few tablespoons onto the tart but I was too late. AND if you are a Washoku Lovers member you get a scoop of green tea ice-cream for FREE. All you need to do is just flash that card of yours to the staff. How easy was that?!

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Dessert Platter (3 Choice- $15) 

It was entertaining to see Chef Nobuyuki Ito show off his knife skills as well as plating each dish during the night with freshly cut sashimi and hand-making sushi right in front of us. I can see why Busshari is so popular at Potts Point as they recently celebrated their 9th Year Anniversary. I loved the bar seating area, the food was pretty up there, however very sad the wagyu wasn’t as great as I imagined. I do have plans to revisit this place again soon and try the rest of the sake menu.

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Concentration is key at Busshari when it comes to making seafood sashimi salad.

Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater plus guest attended Busshari, thanks SD Marketing Global and Washoku Lovers.

Some meals in this post were independently paid for.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Kenzi Sake Bar & Restaurant – Sake Cups

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Rumour has it Kenzi Sake Bar is definitely a first stop destination for spectacular Japanese sake and a perfect venue for people who had a long day at work.

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Empty sake bottles floating across the ceiling for decoration purposes, heavy wooden furniture and tug-a-war ropes are a sign that this is a fancy Japanese restaurant. Their service is warm and friendly also very very informative about each dish particularly sake.

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Like most Japanese restaurants, sake is highly versatile in every meal; therefore we ordered the “Takara” Shochikubai Kimoto 360ml ($32) candy sweetness on the nose that pairs well with sushi, tempura and spicy dishes. The essence of this sake is truly excellent with its rich rice flavour and is unbelievably smooth.

Before our sake was handed over to us, the waitress placed a dark wooden tray on our table, inside filled with magical hand crafted pieces of sake cups that ranged from different sizes and colours. She politely informed us it’s best to pick a cup that is smaller than regular standard sake cups as we requested to have our sake to be served warm.

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We proudly went with these funky printed sake cups, although it would be fun to taste sake in another cup. Teehee

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This juicy golden tempura battered Popcorn Prawn ($13) turned out to be err…just pieces of prawn. Don’t get me wrong, these mouth-popping prawns are amazing especially when heavily dipped in wasabi mayonnaise but maybe, if it was cut into actual popcorn sizes then sure will make the cut of BEST KILLER prawn POPCORN.

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Crispy and utterly addictive is the Lotus Chips ($8) – A lightly unique fried snack of joy will be gone in a flash. It is outrageously difficult to find a restaurant that offers lotus in the form of chips. FREAKEN MINDBLOWLING!

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I couldn’t control my Spiderman fingers slowly approaching the basket of thinly sliced pieces of lotus. Simply LOVE IT!

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Pork belly has always been one of those guilty pleasures of mine. Without hesitation we ordered Buta Kakuni ($16) – A Japanese version of braised pork belly that originated in Japan’s South and is similar to Chinese pork dishes including dong-po pork is greatly seasoned with koikuchi shoyu, dashi, black sugar and sake. It’s true, juicy chunks of tender glazed pork belly are hard to resist.

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In Japan, teppanyaki is commonly ordered and is served on a heated surface grill. The most famous teppanyaki-style dish is Teppan Wagyu Yakiniku ($24.50) – The tenderness of the medium rare beef made it to my favourite list. It appears this dish has a lot of different presentation from almost every angle imagined because of the ingredients including bean sprouts, chopped cabbage tucked underneath the wagyu, asparagus covered in a cheese swirl. To garnish, slices of red onion, spring onions and lemon slices.

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Magnificent Teppan Wagyu Yakiniku presentation I have seen so far.

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Please excuse me while I drool…

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Too bad the Kushiyaki Chicken Thigh Momo ($4 each piece stick) was only ordinary and overpriced. The sweet tangy soy sauce is intense and is enough reason for you to try it but I personally wouldn’t order it next time.

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Their signature dish Taste of Kenzi ($31.90) is not afraid to go a little over the top in presentation. A variety of nigirizushi including ebi, tamago, salmon, toro, maguro, squid and hotate. All nigiri have in common is fermenting vinegared rice that turned out to be cooked just right. Eating each piece of nigiri allows your tastebuds to really enjoy the flavour of the raw fish and this plate of sushi certainly focussed its flavours accurately to each piece of nigiri.

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Turned the plate around and you get the other side of their delicious nigiri.

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Give me some NIGIRI!!!

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Best to go to Kenzi Sake Bar with a group of workmates after work as they have a variety of tapas and many sake to choose from their menu. You’d be completely surprised with their decorations as you enter their restaurant.

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Photos by Vanny Tang

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Green Tea in High Tea, Azuma

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If you’ve made a trip to the Chifley Plaza, why not take tea in the Azuma Japanese restaurant after exploring or shopping inside the endless levels of designer stores.

Tucked away in the corner on the same level as  the food court,  Azuma is offering a very delicious Japanese style high tea from now until the end of August.  Prices start from $20 and it is available Monday-Friday, 2pm-5pm.

Azuma is one of the finest Japanese restaurants in Sydney and traditionally offers  their signature Sugar Hit every October for the Crave Sydney International Food Festival.

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An elegant setting and comfortable seating where you might want to take a few special friends to share your tea time experience. The atmosphere was luxurious, as every high tea is supposed to be! The service was very polite and friendly. The entire experience was delightful.

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For me any time is good to indulge in Kyoto High Tea ($20) per person.  A savoury and sweet bite-sized favourites presented in bento boxes and a choice of tea or coffee. For me I decided to enjoy a good cup of hot green tea.  I loved the traditional presentation which made it even more special.

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One of the bento box served sushi rolls of Salad Rolls with asparagus, avocado, cucumber & shiso leaf and the other Piquant Salmon Canapés – avocado & cucumber topped with spicy salmon.  Both savoury sushi’s had a perfect  texture and flavour to it.  I’m totally addicted to the spicy salmon!

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Now the sweet bento included Champagne Jelly served with seasonal fruits,  Crème Brulee,  Rolled Green Tea Cake and Gateau Chocolat. I was very surprised and exited to see all these bite sized goodies. It was a bit difficult to pick what to eat first as they looked so sweet and innocent in front of me.

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A closer look at the sweets, yummy!

Crème Brulee was delicious, the top layer was perfectly caramelized . As I tapped my spoon onto the hard caramel I could hear the cracks, which is why I’d recommend eating this first.  Hidden beneath the sticky cameral consisted a rich and creamy custard base and is my absolute favourite amongst the other three sweets.

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Rolled Green Tea Cake traditionally made in Japan was soft and fluffy at room temperature. I enjoyed the drizzled green tea sauce which made a beautiful finish.

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The Champagne Jelly served with seasonal fruits was a perfect contrast. Looked like a mini fruit salad that tasted refreshing and a good tangy twist.

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And as for the Gateau Chocolat a great classic to finish the high tea with something chocolaty. The Gateau was very warm and gooey inside like a chocolate fondant.

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Needless to say the green tea was good as well served in a fancy teapot. Overall a very pleasant experience I’m willing to repeat before the promotion ends this month!

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Photos by Vanny Tang

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