The girls decided to meet up and decided on Aisuru in Northbridge. I’ve been wondering what the deal is with this joint and whether it has set a new standard in the Japanese food scene. Sarah warned that it gets busy quickly and so we should meet at 6pm. I arrived 15 minutes early and was denied entry until the stated opening time. I understand… The only problem with waiting is waiting without a drink. Aisuru does not serve alcohol. Am I the only one who thinks dinner and drinks go together?
Anyway, we finally get seated. I thought service is very good. The waitresses were ever attentive! We take a while to decide while Kirsty takes her time to come. There isn’t a lot of seating available so I foresee that it does get busy quickly. There is a bar area and normal seating. We take the tables which are great for
gossip sessions serious discussions.
|Picture obviously taken by me. Man, I need classes!!|
The waitress told me that the salmon was just flown in so I order a serving. I personally felt it was sliced too thinly as if it was multitasking as a topping for rice and as sashimi. It did not wow as expected although it didn’t taste like the usual not-so-fresh variety you get in Perth. I guess my expectations would have been met if they did not recommend it based on its just-flown-in-freshness. I was looking forward to a creamier and meatier piece of salmon.
Sarah and Nicole shared the tempura corn which was apparently their signature dish. This dish is made to share. Nicole noted that it is good although after a while she started to feel sick of the oiliness. Guess you can’t ask too much out of a deep fried dish! Sarah mentioned it could do with less batter.
They also ordered a beef tataki which could be one of the better ones around Perth. Kirsty and Sarah definitely enjoyed it however it was mentioned that Satsuki still serves the best beef tataki in town. It was pleasantly smokey but the textures did not satisfy. The sauce was not sharp enough and the spring onions were too limp.
I had the adegashi tofu on the side. I am not an adegashi connoiseur so err on conservative when you take my opinion that it is good tofu. The coating stayed on and the sauce was tasty. I liked it and it satisfied my tofu craving. next!
The spider roll ($11) consist of fried soft shell crab, cucumber and lettuce. It had a freshness not too dissimilar to a subway sandwich. The spiciness of the crab and the wasabi mayonnaise was good. We also enjoyed the crunch but thought there was wayyy too much lettuce. The sushi fell apart dryly in our mouths.
The black velvet roll ($12) consists of tempura prawn, seared tuna, cucumber, crab stick and spring onion. Topped with avocado and black caviar, this roll turned out to be the best choice of roll for the night. This is because of the textures from the crunchy roe to the soft fresh avocado and the well combined ingredients. You can hardly go wrong with that combination.
The grilled salmon roll ($10) looked really good and got me excited. It consisted of sun dried tomato and cucumber wrapped in seaweed, topped with salmon and grated cheddar and then torched. We were, however, sorely disappointed. While the salmon on top was good (I love a good seared salmon), the thick layer of sun dried tomatoes killed it. In addition, the flavour of sun dried tomatoes lingered on erasing the initial goodness of the torched salmon. blah.
Finally, we had the grilled scallop and avocado roll ($11) filled with avocado and crabstick. It was by far the safest choice and left most of us happy but didn’t tickle our foodie fancy.