Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sasaki, Surry Hills, Sydney

Restaurant Sasaki is a not so hidden gem from chef Yu Sasaki, the man behind the ever popular cafe with the matcha goods, Cre Asion. The restaurant is intimate with a handful of seating; we booked weeks in advance for a weekend dinner. The food is homely and pays homage to Sasaki's Japanese hometown of Shimane. 

The entrance to Restaurant Sasaki is literally located just behind the cafe. You can't miss the noren (Japanese fabric curtain) that is at the entrance of the restaurant. There are several tables situated in this little entrance area, and whilst it would be lovely in summer, I'm very glad that we are going to enjoy our dinner inside.

The menu is designed, like all good things in life, to be shared. There is one exception though - the desserts which are mostly bite sized, so you can basically order one each of everything.

Yuzu umeshu

There's a nice wine list at Sasaki with plenty of saké too. I go for the refreshing yuzu umeshu. 

Eggplant

Mackerel

Egg and crab

Chicken and mushroom rice

Pork, salt and daikon

The eggplant comes out first and it's a surprise as we didn't realise it would be served cold. The smoked eggplant is paired with buckwheat and a dashi and plum jelly. I found myself wanting a bit more texture halfway through the dish. 

The egg and crab chanwanmushi is a silky smooth steamed egg custard. Sasaki's version is very satisfying and one of the best versions I've had to date.

My favourite of the night is the pork cooked in a salt crust; the pieces of pork are so fatty and juicy. It's the perfect comfort food when eaten with the delicious takikomi gohan: a mixed rice. The variation of the rice on the night we visit is chicken and mushroom. 

Mandarin and pomelo

Caramel and nuts

For dessert, I order the mandarin and pomelo, a refreshing and light, palate cleansing dessert, followed by the caramel and nuts, thin and crisp wafers sandwiching mixed nuts, soy caramel and caramel cream. Do yourself a favour and order one (or even two) of these babies, it was so good! The greedy guts in me was secretly wishing I had ordered another one. 

Sasaki Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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