Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Azuma - Is it worth the $$$?

Azuma has been hailed as one of the best Japanese restaurant in Sydney. However, it has a reputation for expensive dishes that doesn't fill up ones appetite. Filled with anticipation, yet apprehensive of what the food would be like we headed of to Azuma for our 6.30 booking to celebrate H's birthday.

Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed and showed to our seats by the window. We started with the Azuma cocktails while we peruse the many dishes on the menu. A 10 course degustation menu starts from $110. We decided however on the a-la-carte menu. We ordered seared salmon belly nigiri sushi, inside out soft shell crab sushi, tuna and salmon sashimi, king prawn tempura, wagyu beef carpaccio, wagyu beef steak with garlic soy sauce, grilled breast of duck, grilled cod fillet.

Wagyu Beef Carpaccio

Wagyu Beef Steak and King Prawn Tempura

Grill Breast of Duck

The best dish that I can't stop raving about is the seared salmon belly nigiri sushi. It is well worth the money even if it is a tiny portion. You don't eat this dish with soy sauce as per normal sushi, as the taste and texture of this combination is just divine on its own. Would go just to eat this! Next up is the wagyu beef steak with garlic soy. The quality of the meat is soooo good. It holds flavours really well and is still tender and juicy. Wagyu beef carpaccio, of the same meat as the steak, just melts in your mouth. Yum! The grilled cod fish was really fresh. The taste took some getting used to at first (I didn't expect grilled first to taste sweet) but it grows on you and it is one that I would recommend. Duck was good too. The meat was cooked to perfection. Pink on the inside and crispy outside. The sauce on top was not bad too, however, it has a striking resemblance to Peking Duck! The other dishes were just normal-you-can-get-them-everywhere dishes. Don't go for the tempura king prawn as the prawn itself was really small, and the prawn meat was soft. Not worth the $4.50 each price tag.

Oh, the service and ambience was excellent too. I'm just too blown away by the food to talk/write about anything else. Well worth the money for the quality of the food. Will definitely go again soon....

2 Chifley Square
Sydney NSW 2000


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