Not many seem to know about this then-modern Japanese-French joint situated in Mosman park. I liked Tsunami before and I still do now despite it being 3 years between the two meals.
There are two parts of the restaurant – the front is separated from the back bit. We decided to sit at the front because it was more quiet and wanted some conversation time with each other. (In fact, we both made a conscious effort not to look at the blackberry (his) or type in food notes on the iPhone (moi).) Definitely a great sign of a functioning marriage.
We started with a round of plum infused sake. It tasted like plum wine (umeshu) except less sweet which was great. There is another interesting sake called snow white sake but that would have rice sediments in it which we were not too keen on.
Remember …if you want cold sake, go for a quality sake. Cheap sake can only be served hot. Hot sake lovers, I faced this truth a few years back in disbelief too.
The Hotate (scallop) entree arrived. Four scallops were perched on japanese mayonnaise surrounding a cluster of English spinach and shitake mushrooms. The grilled scallops were so fresh, succulent and disintegrated in your mouth easily. The spinach and mushrooms were cooked perfectly i.e. not overly wilted. The sauce was light, salty and tasted of cooking wine + soy sauce – very nice. There was an overall wasabi tinge to the mayo as well. Nice.
Next, the seafood Ishiyaki arrived. An Ishiyaki is a volcanic stone heated up to 400 degrees celsius so it cooks the food in front of you. The correct term would be to sear the fillet of snapper, 3 scallops and a prawn halved lengthwise. Japanese potato salad, homemade aioli and bernaise was served with it. Jay loves the bernaise but I am an aioli fan. The aioli had bits of garlic in it.
Look at it cooking away. Tip: lift it now and then or you’ll lose a lot of the meat to the stone.
The Pantagonian Toothfish was served with eggplant (which Jay thought was potato at first) and rice that was cooked with shitake. The fish was buttery/oily and flaked in such a beautiful way. I love fatty fish. The sauce that came with it is actually really spicy and has bite. The kind of bite that can make you cough. It also tasted like it had a southeast asian influence. The rice was plain but then again, its meant to be. The egg plant was firm throughout the bite.
We have another round of sake – this time its the plain variety and served cold. This sake was difficult to get. Twiggy aka Australia’s richest man came in with his family and all the attention was on them. Jay had to get up to get their attention. Bleah!
Sashimi – really fresh.
(Left and anti clockwise) – Snapper, Salmon, sweet egg, Tuna and prawn.
Everything was good. Jay normally hates Tuna sashimi but he loves it here just because its all so fresh. My only complain is the variety. Perhaps I should have ordered the exotic set.
The salmon melts in your mouth too…and we see why…
Look how fatty it is! YUM – this is a good sign of great tuna. Sliced thickly and has nice tiger stripes of fat in it.
Will I return? Maybe. The meal came up to $158 which was rather expensive. However, the food was great. They might need a bit of variety and oomph in the menu. We had a great time mainly due to each other’s company and in the end, I guess thats what really matters…