I've been having fun checking out all the places to eat around the Neutral Bay and Crow's Nest area lately.
One of places I've recently checked off my to-try-list is Hana Ju-rin, located within the cluster of Japanese restaurants on the Pacific Highway strip. Hana Ju-Rin was opened in 2010 to cope with the demand of it's original restaurant, Ju-Rin, located just a few shops down the road.
Arriving early on a weeknight, the restaurant was booked out so we were offered seats at the sushi counter, which I really enjoyed as I had front row seats to all the sushi making action, plus I was seated to these super fragrant and pretty flowers!
Assorted sushi (Small) - super fresh and watched the sushi chef work his magic
From the specials menu - Stuffed zucchini flowers
9 kinds of Japanese appetizers - Loved the pretty presentation of this, the dishes included seaweed salad with white sesame, duck, croquettes, tempura, abalone, eel and daikon.
This was another dish from the specials menu - Grilled eel
Yakisoba omelette - This reminded me of omurice, but with fried noodles underneath the perfectly teppanyaki cooked omelette
Cherry blossom rice cake - A traditional Japanese dessert, served warm with a very floral and fragrant aroma
Ice cream tempura with berry sauce
I've read that they do a good okonomiyaki, so I will be definitely trying that next time!