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Restaurant Review – J-Pub Shogun (Melbourne)

Published March 24, 2011 by Mary Jane

Anyways, on our last day prior to us moving back from Melbourne back to Perth. Pandabear and I were madly trying to pack, clean and organise our car relocation, organising professional cleaners to clean and steam clean our carpets and meeting up with our rental agent for a handover. So we were extremely busy for the whole day, and then Pandabear asked me what would you like for dinner for our last night in Melbourne? I thought he was going to say Old Town Kopitiam cos that’s one of his favourite place to eat. But I felt like Japanese (yes, I’m a Jap Food Fan!!) So while we were walking along the street we located this Japanese restaurant which we’ve never been and I’ve never read a review on it before…

We were staring at the menu outside and it looks pretty good, even though it’s a pub – we know from experience pub food is usually quite tasty and large proportion to compensate for the drinkers 🙂 Pandabear and I don’t really drink we were just there for the food 🙂 The decor inside was really modern and has those Japanese style lanterns around the sushi bar which I thought was rather nice.

We went through their extensive list of menu – and decided we’ll share our entrees and mains. For drinks Pandabear had his usual lemon lime and bitter

For entree, we opt for prawn skewers and takoyaki (octapus balls) one of my favourite Japanese dish. When the dishes arrived we were end up with Edamame (soybeans) anyways, Pandabear is not very fond of soybeans so I ended up eating a whole basket worth of it. They were quite tasty and addictive, we thought it might be complimentary but ofcourse I think the Japanese waitress heard wrong and gave us an extra dish of edamame (nevermind, I really enjoyed it) 🙂

The prawn skewers were grilled and they were juicy and flavoursome and for takoyaki – they were fantastic nice bonitos on top, flavoursome and huge servings too 🙂

As for mains, Pandabear went for sukiyaki and I opt for my usual sushi – dragon roll sushi

The sukiyaki was really tasty – it even came with an egg yolk and in a stone pot which is boiling hot. I loved the presentation of my dragon sushi roll, it had the pickled bright red radish and a mustard sauce which I’ve never had it with sushi before. I usually go with horseradish (wasabi sauce) so I thought that was rather interesting.

Overall, we were happy with our meals – they were tasty and nicely presented. It was rather packed with people that night and there were only 2 waitresses on that night. However, we were really happy with our services. Here’s the rating:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend it? Yes!

Ramen Shop – Arigataya Japanese (Perth)

Published August 13, 2010 by Mary Jane

Anyways, most of you guys know that I love Japanese food and in particularly sushi – I can eat sushi everyday and not get sick of it. We have walked passed this shop quite a few times, and have never tried it before. So on a weekend, Mum and I decided to try out this Ramen place located in Northbridge. When you walk in the first thing you notice is that the place is not very big – could fit about 20-30 and at the front counter you can serve yourself complimentary water and hot tea – quite a casual restaurant.

Then, I realised there’s an upstairs section so I decided to go to the bathroom and check out upstairs…

There are actually tables upstairs as well, but nobody up there and when you walk through to the bathroom you could see some boxes stacked up – so I guess they are still in the process of preparing the upstairs section. So mum and I read through the menu – I wasn’t feeling too hungry that day, so I went for the plain Ramen and mum went for the pork katsu Ramen you can either go for the soya sauce flavoured broth or just plain -we went for the plain broths..

plain ramen

plain ramen

Pork Katsu Ramen

Pork Katsu Ramen

We were served with some chillie oil , chillie flakes and white pepper that’s quite nice 🙂

When our Ramen arrived the presentation was great – huge bowl and for a plain Ramen it’s quite decent you get some bamboo shoots and seaweed and Mum’s pork Katsu ramen looks rather tasty 🙂 However, I find the broth a little too salty – not sure whether it’s meant to be like that, mum also said to me the soup is quite salty. And we both eat very salty food, so if we think it’s salty – it’s very salty. So I finished my bowl of Ramen leaving the soup behind. It’s flavoursome quite authentic. The waitresses were really friendly and they are all Japanese which makes you think perhaps the chef is Japanese too??

So here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4 star
Food experience: 3.5 star (broth way too salty!!)
Would I recommend? Probably for a casual dining shop…

Restaurant Review – Yuki Japanese Restaurant (Perth)

Published August 11, 2010 by Mary Jane

When it comes to Japanese food, I’m in love…I absolutely love Japanese food and can’t get enough of it. So for our farewell dinner with our friends, my mate organised to have the farewell at Yuki Japanese Restaurant. I’ve been there a few times, and each time I was pretty happy with the food. The service is ok, not exceptional and the food waiting time is quite good.

The place is quite small and cozy situated at this area where there’s a selection of other restaurants – there’s Chinese, Singaporean/Malaysian hawker style shops around there. So we decided to order some takoyaki dishes to share amongst us. I love takoyaki they are so tasty and goes really well with the mayonnaise and the brown sauce which I have no idea what they are called.

takoyaki

takoyaki

Now for mains you could either go for the bowl set or bento set, the majority went for the bento set. Me ofcourse, I went for the bento set – you get a variety of everything – salads, sushi, the mains, rice. Now they have options of bento A, B, and C and basically – from my fish memory bento A will have the base set – salads, sushi, mains, rice and for bento B – you get an additional choice between gyoza – Japanese dumpling or spring rolls and for bento C you get an additional deep fried tempura 🙂 but to be honest bento A is sufficient to fill you right up 🙂 Here are some of the bento boxes and bowl set dishes we went for…

sizzling beef set comes with a bowl of rice

sizzling beef set comes with a bowl of rice

Katsu bento set

Katsu bento set

Teriyaki fish bento set

Teriyaki fish bento set

Look, the serving size was generous and it was tasty and fulfilling – not the best Japanese I’ve had but it’s good enough for a Perth standard 🙂 here are my ratings:

Dining experience: 4 star
Food experience:4 star
Would I recommend it? Yes

Restaurant Review – Sanraku Japanese Restaurant (San Francisco)

Published April 22, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hiya Bloggy Friends, well – it’s another day of battle against my viral bug. Last night I couldn’t sleep cos I have developed another symptom of a sore tummy that has either kept me awake the whole night or it may be due to over sleeping of 15+ during day time. So today, I have decided it was time to visit GP to find out what’s wrong with me. I hate visiting doctors, first of all it’s expensive and secondly they always tells me to rest and drink plenty of water along with taking some panadols!! Grrr…My GP is really hard to make an appointment with cos she’s a female GP and only works 1/2 days for only 2 days so have to book in months ahead. So today I asked Pandabear whether he knows another GP that I can visit today. Thankfully, there was one and off I went. His name was Scott – very lovely and friendly guy who was thorough in his examination gave me free samples which is a bonus to settle my disturbing stomach. He has confirmed that I have a Gastro viral infections which is a tummy bug or virus..so I’ve had to canceled this Saturday’s dinner with friends incase I pass this bug to them.:-(

So having slept another 5 hours after coming back from the GP, feeling alittle better but bored. I’m one of those who cannot just rest at home and watch TV it will drive me crazy!!! I quickly asked when can I go back to work??? He was like you better take tomorrow off incase you started getting diarrhea and vomiting. So I have tomorrow off…and then there’s the long weekend. Yay!! 🙂

So as I have mentioned before I love Japanese food and when we asked our concierge which restaurant would they recommend and they gave us a few so we choose the one that was the closest to our hotel – shortest walk due to hilly side in San Francisco. Upon arrival, it was totally packed – there were only 2 seats available at the sushi bar, which is fine with me cos I love watching sushi chef make the lovely sushi.

Now I’m a sushi lover, where is Pandabear is more into his tempura so we thought let’s try a bit of sushi and order 2 main courses from the menu. My main was a tori yaki sesame seed chicken with rice and it came with miso soup and salad. Pandabear ofcourse had his tempura which also was served with rice and came with miso soup and salad and we both shared a small plate of sushi. Now our sushi was so fresh, I’m not a raw fish person but the fish melts in your mouth and doesn’t leave this fish taste in your mouth. So we loved our sushi, presentation was fantastic. The miso soup and salad came first, they looked fresh and followed by our mains which was fantastic. My tori yaki was crispy on the outside and flavorsome and Pandabear’s tempura was fantastic, not oily but fresh.

Our fresh sushi

Our fresh sushi

Miso Soup with Salad

Miso Soup with Salad

Tori Yaki Sesame Chicken

Tori Yaki Sesame Chicken

Tempura Mix

Tempura Mix

The food waiting time was pretty good, it was packed that night and we received our meal within 10-15 minutes so not bad for a busy restaurant. When we finished our main we were tummy satisfied but there’s always a separate tummy for desserts, and we were recommended by the sushi manager named Kit – the egg pudding with green tea icecream and fresh fruits. Yummy, the presentation was fantastic and the taste was delicious I’m so glad we ordered this dessert to share.

Egg pudding with green tea icecream n fruits

Egg pudding with green tea icecream n fruits

Well, Kit is the sushi manager there he started chatting to us – he must be bored every night making those sushis and I asked him where he was from, he said Malaysia – well Pandabear’s brethren. I asked him how long he’s been working at Sanraku he said around 10 years!! I was shocked doing the same thing?? He said well, time flies and now he’s more into the management side of things. Why not run your own business I ask? He said you might not earn alot even if you own your own restaurant there’s a lot of pressure in owning a restaurant. Well, Kit if I have the money one day I shall invest in your sushi business cos you make awesome sushis he laughed I’ll be waiting for that day to come… here’s some of the fantastic sushi art I call it from Kit while he was chatting away with us he was making some awesome sushis.

Here’s my ratings:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4.5 star
Would I recommend? YES!

Restaurant Review – Floating Sushi Boat Restaurant (San Francisco)

Published April 19, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening Bloggy friends, wow I’ve just finished watching one of my favourite Masterchef show. As usual, it was fantastic and after watching it made me feel like I should have answered that overseas miscall while I was in Taiwan and it had a blocked number which I couldn’t call back and it was around the time they were contacting contestants. Oh well, it’s not meant to be maybe it’s not even a call from them. Now, I have something bad to share – I’m down with a sore throat again – it’s now becoming like a regular routine. I’m hoping it will go away cos this Saturday night I have invited 3 friends over for dinner and I’m cooking for them.Okies, so back to my favourite topic of restaurant review to drown my sorrowful sore throat. As most of you all know I love Japanese food and it seems bizarre to my friends that every single one of my holiday trips, I would always have a photo of some Japanese restaurant.

So, as we were walking along the China Town area looking around for souvenirs we located this interesting restaurant by the name of Floating Sushi Boat Restaurant I mean how cool is that is there really floating sushis inside? So my curiosity got the best out of me and I shouted to Pandabear we are dining this restaurant. I took a little peak it was 11.45am and the opening time says 12pm but I could see someone inside the restaurant already so I opened the door and lo and behold there was a sushi chef standing there making fresh sushi and putting them onto a boat!! Cool and I asked are you guys opening soon? He answered politely in broken English yes around 10-15 minutes. So that gave us some time to buy some nick knacks – I know you may think 10-15 minutes what can you buy? Trust me I’m an expert in speed shopping I can go into a shop within 10 minutes and grab what I want.

99c cheap sushi plate sign

99c cheap sushi plate sign

The restaurant decor

The restaurant decor

So it was time to head back to the restaurant. When we arrived an Asian lady sat us down around a table – now it reminds me of Jaws sushi train in Perth, but instead of trains that rotates along with plates of sushi on top they have boats that pulls each other around the circle – how interesting 🙂 I was pretty entertained until Pandabear interrupted me and said which sushi would you like? The whole place seemed nice and casual decorated with bamboo and usual Japanese features and some big sign outside indicating 99c per plate of sushi. The chef was friendly gave me a smile. So as usual I went straight for the bright orange caviar california roll, had a few plates of sushi, ordered plain udon noodles cos it was freezing outside so needed something warm.

The friendly chef

The friendly chef

The Sushi Boat

The Sushi Boat

My favourite Caviar Sushi

My favourite Caviar Sushi

Plain Udon Noodles

Plain Udon Noodles

We got very thirsty and realised they sell bubble tea – was excited both Pandabear and I got our bubble tea cos I love my bubble tea it’s a Taiwanese thing. We had Lychee and Watermelon bubble tea which was a BIG MISTAKE! It tasted artificial, so sweet as if they just loaded up with powder sweetner and the bubbles were too soft and mushy – I just want to chuck the whole drink away.But me being me, never waste anything so I drank 1/2 of it. Btw the lady who sat us down seemed rather rude and impatient so I should have returned her yucky bubble tea 🙂

The artificial mushy bubble tea

The artificial mushy bubble tea

Anyways, apart from disgusting bubble tea – I took the chance of asking the chef where he’s from cos he didn’t look Japanese and he replied from China. Well, he’s definitely well-trained cos he makes sushi like Japanese sushi chef. Well, there were definitely 99c plate of sushi but they were pretty boring ones – so didn’t end up ordering any of that went straight for the expensive ones. Well, when it came to paying the bill – I was telling pandabear don’t give too much tips cos the lady’s service is shocking and her bubble tea was yucky. Anyways, she never came back to pick up our bill – we saw another lady standing at the counter so we walked there to pay for it. She was a lovely lady started chatting to us asking where we were from telling us about how China Town in San Francisco is one of the best and if you go to New York’s one you will be very disappointed thanks for the tip but we’ll check it out ourselves.

So here’s my ratings:

Dining Experience: 3.5 star – due to bad service from the Asian lady
Food Experience: 3.5 star – due to bad bubble tea it really ruin the rest of our meal
Would I recommend it? Yes – cos the sushi was great and relatively cheap compared to Perth, but make sure you don’t order their bubble tea we found out the hard way.

Comfort Food Recipe – Sushi

Published February 27, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello again…while we are on the topic of Sushi – one of my favourite food – kinda hard work to prepare ingredients but once you get the ingredients it’s pretty easy to make. Healthy and tasty and you could keep them in the fridge for supper later on. Well, just side tracking – recently I find myself always seemed to have sore throat or some sort of cold symptoms and I started to nail down some of the potential reasons why I get sick all the time.

My suspicious reasons – Pandabear cos he works in the hospital all the time so he might be carrying germs back home and those nasty germs goes into my body – it’s possible, another reason – when I sleep I breathe like a fish – through my mouth so for the whole night the germs crawls through my mouth and into my body – that’s possible. What else? I don’t get enough rest, I’m constantly running around getting things down that I don’t allow my body to have some decent rest – that’s possible as well. Anyways what ever it is it’s driving me mad!! 😦 I hope these evil sore throat will disappear soon or else I’ll have to take lots of vitamin cs and drink lots of water – yes I hate water H2O – sometimes I go without any water at all for the whole day.

Anyways, that’s my dilema for my sore throat – sorry back to the comfort food recipe…here it is

Sushi

Ingredients

2 x carrots
1 x packet of sushi vinegar mix
1 x packet of 10 sheets of sushi
2-3 pieces of chicken thighs
2 table spoon of mirin
3 eggs
1 x avocados
1 x cucumber
1 x packet of cooked prawns
1 x tube of Japanese Mayonaise
Instructions

1. First put 3 cups of rice and 4 cups of water into the rice cooker. Now make sure you have those fat rice/short rice grains and not long rice grains otherwise you find yourself not been able to bind the rice together. Short rice is best used for sushi and rice balls. After the rice is cooked let it cooled down to warm temperature and add in the packet of sushi vinegar mix – you can buy them in any Asian grocery store

2. Set the rice mixture to cool down. Now it’s time to prepare ingredients. Boil some carrots and slice them into long strips, marinate the chicken thighs in some mirin – which is Japanese sweet rice wine if you don’t have it not to worry just add some soya sauce and 2 teaspoon of sugar and it should do the trick. So marinate the chicken thighs for 30 minutes with mirin and soya sauce – pan fried them till golden brown and cut them into long strips. Next we beat the eggs and add a pinch of sugar, corn flour and water and pan fried it and cut them into long strips. Then you slice the avocados and cucumbers into long strips and slice the prawns in 1/2 and there you have it all the ingredients ready for sushi. With some variation you could have tuna, raw salmon and other ingredients.

3. Now the rice mixture has cooled down you need to have a sushi mat – bamboo mats you can buy them from any Asian Grocery store. Lay the sushi sheet smooth side on the outside and spoon some rice mixture covering the sheets of sushi to make sure the rice is not to sticky have a bowl of water for you to sprinkle some water onto the sushi rice mixture and pat it down so it covers the whole sushi sheet up. Add in your ingredients in the centre. Drizzle with some mayonaise and here comes the tricky part roll the front edge of sushi so it covers the ingredients and continue to roll it to gether into rolls of sushi.

4. Now it’s time to slice the sushi rolls into round pieces of sushi make sure you have a really sharp knife and constantly wet your knife with some water so the rice doesn’t stick to the knife and serve with wasabi – Japanese horse raddish and soya sauce and if you love ginger make sure you have some pickled pink ginger and you’re laughing 🙂

Enjoy..

Sushi

Sushi

Restaurant Review – Yama Sakura Japanese Restaurant

Published February 27, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, I’m so sorry for not had the time to post – it’s been one of those weeks that I was struck down by the sore throat bug – yes – I had them not so long ago and it came back again this time it struck me down 2 days where I couldn’t do anything just slept all day. It’s terrible, by Friday I had to force myself out of bed to go back to work and when I arrived at work my manager said ‘you looked really tired’ – I must look really shocking that day but nevermind I got through the days work and was really looking forward to the long weekend! Yay! Thank God for Labour day 🙂

Anyways, I am feeling better today and this arvo I will be meeting my baking buddies to attempt the evil profiterole tower – bring on the challenge. So I just need to finish the Gold Coast part – this particular restaurant is in Gold Coast, as I’ve mentioned earlier I’m a strong fan of Japanese Food so there were lots of Japanese restaurants around Gold Coast so it was hard to pick the one to dine. Anyways, one dinner night I had the craving for Japanese food so we were roaming around the streets in search of a nice Japanese Restaurant and came across this Authentic Yama Sakura Japanese Restaurant. Why do I say Authentic, cos the chef is Japanese and the staff are all Japanese and on their restaurant walls it’s full of photos of Japanese people who have dined there. So this gotta be a great Japanese Restaurant.

So anyways, we were greeted by this friendly waitress who gave us some menu – when I go to Japanese restaurant I always have to order some sushi as my sides cos I love sushi. So I was wondering what kind of sushi to get…so I asked the waitress what sushi was the most popular and she recommended ‘Nigiri Sushi’ – well I shall have some Nigiri Sushi and a bowl of their popular Ramen – Japanese thin noodles soup and Pandabear not so keen on the sushi decided to have some tonkatsu rice bowl – basically deep fried pork strips with eggs & onion rice and he thought well, I’ll have some sushi too – deep fried prawns ones (he loves anything that’s deep fried, quite unhealthy). So we were happy with our order.

Now the restaurant is organised so that the kitchen is an open kitchen which is pretty cool you can see what the chef is doing and the whole decor of the restaurant is pretty authentic wooden furniture with tatami mats. So it wasn’t packed that night cos it was a weeknight and we got there pretty early so our food arrived pretty quickly and I was shocked!! Why? My ‘Nigiri Sushi’ turned out to be all raw!! Raw Salmon, Raw Tuna and Raw squid…help!! I thought perhaps they have brought out wrong sushi so I asked the waitress politely and to my disappointment she said yup that’s nigiri sushi. Oh dear, so Nigiri sushi is basically raw fish with rice. The only sushi that was not raw was the prawn one – however the presentation was beautiful with colours and very fresh. Now I’m not really a raw person so is Pandabear, so when his deep fried prawn sushi came I opt to trade my raw fish with him, he was very reluctant but since he had 4 pieces of sushi he was happy to trade 1 with me. Anyways, I gobble down the sushi with lots of wasabi and soya sauce – and it actually didn’t taste too bad 🙂 Fortunately, I had the ramen noodle soup to make up for my nigiri sushi 🙂 Pandabear was pretty happy with his sushi and tonkatsu rice bowl.

Overall, we were pretty happy with this casual dining Japanese restaurant. Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4 star
Food experience:4 star
Would I recommend: YES!

Nigiri Sushi

Nigiri Sushi

Ramen Noodle Soup

Ramen Noodle Soup

Tonkatsu Rice Bowl

Tonkatsu Rice Bowl

Deep fried prawns sushi

Deep fried prawns sushi

This concludes my trip in Gold Coast, it was great fun and we got by pretty well with our mini smart rental car. So if you are up for some theme parks remember to head down to Gold Coast. 🙂