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14 August 2011 @ 10:50 pm
Sake Restaurant & Bar  
I've been to Sake twice more after my first visit with these lovely girls...way back when it was really hot during the Sydney summer...so I totally thought I'd blogged about this already, my bad.

Sake Japanese Restaurant & Bar
(12 Argyle St, The Rocks) was the newest addition to the Argyle Precint at The Rocks serving contemporary Japanese food. First order of our summer lunch was ordering some cocktails to cool ourselves, I think most of us chose the girly Pink Blossom a cocktail mix of summer fruits and umeshu and it was just what I wanted and I loved crunching on those passionfruit seeds. Of course after seeing Sushi Chef Shaun Presland on Masterchef we could not forgo the sashimi tacos. The crunchy sashimi tacos are delicate and I loved the fresh salsa with the tuna and the sake shot went down rather smoothly. Chirashi sushi is one of my favourite dishes to indulge in Japan, so I was curious to see what the Chirashi salad was like and it was easily my favourite dish and one of the main reasons why I've returned to Sake. It was a deceptively simple salad presented with lashings of mayonnaise concealing a salad of sashimi pieces and soba noodles, omelette, and the best thing about it was the tenkasu - I've ordered this each time I've been back - it's that good.The sashimi combo was the highlight for most with delicate pieces of fresh sashimi-grades slices sitting atop a bed of ice, hehe I was so happy to see slices of bonito besides the usual salmon and tuna. Other dishes we ordered was the grilled scampi cooked prefectly so the meat was easily pulled apart from the shell and the popcorn shrimp roll filled with bite sized prawn tempura pieces. Though we had plans to have dessert at La Renaissance patisserie we couldn't pass up the opportunity to try a couple of desserts at Sake. Desserts containing tofu is not unusual in Asian cuisines so we chose the Orange Tofu Cheesecake which was presently so prettily and I really enjoyed the subtlely of flavours of the tofu and Grand Marnier. The Frozen yuzu souffle was not quite what we imagined, it was more like a mousse than a souffle but I absolutely love the yuzu flavour and the I would have happily licked the miso-ginger caramel off the plate.

I was amazed at the amount of space in the restaurant and it's ability to cater for all types of diners as we walked past the huge private dining rooms, smaller private rooms and dined surrounded by intimate booths too. Our waiter was charming and friendly and the atmosphere in the restaurant was abuzz. Sometimes I'm a bit skeptical of fancy takes on Japanese food but I'd happily come again and again for the funky and contemporary menu of Sake and kick back with plenty of delicious cocktails. 

Sake Restaurant and Bar
 
 
The Pink Blossom
Strawberries, citrus fruits, passionfruit smashed & combined with umeshu and cranberry juice

 
Sashimi Tacos
tuna and salmon sashimi filled baby tacos with chilled tomato salsa matched with Kozaemon Junmai 'sake shots'

 
Chirashi Salad
Yuzu-dressed sashimi pieces, crunchy salad mix, thin noodles, sliced sushi omelette & flying fish roe topped with daikon tsuma & tempura crunch

 
Sashimi combo classic

 
Grilled scampi
grilled green tea salted scampi on daikon ribbon salad with yuzu dressing

 
Popcorn roll
prawn-tempura pieces rolled inside out with spicy mayonnaise and spicy tobiko

 
Orange Tofu Cheesecake
Grand Marnier tofu cheesecake with white sesame seed tuille

 
Frozen yuzu souffle
citrus-infused souffle with miso-ginger caramel sauce

 

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xx.`LiL.xxmoshi_bum on August 15th, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
Amazing pics =]
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on August 15th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
lateraleating.wordpress.com on August 15th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
I've only read good things about Sake, guess I need to schedule a visit soon.
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on August 17th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
oh yeh definitely go! I love their cocktails and they're always changing too.
Sugarpuffisugarpuffi on August 18th, 2011 08:03 am (UTC)
i want more of that sashimi tacos...so awesome!
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on August 25th, 2011 08:42 am (UTC)
yes! and it's not something you can make at home :(
Gianna PaternoGianna Paterno on August 20th, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
Yum!
Those sashimi tacos paired with sake shots are so my kind of dish! I love sake, they have the most beautifully presented dishes and a gorgeous location - im always so unlucky because each of my 2 visits i've had no SD card in my camera!!
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on August 25th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Yum!
Mmm sake shooters :9
You could always use instagram!!
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