Japanese cuisine is one of Mr D’s and my favourite food and when there’s a place close to home, we couldn’t say no. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to try the teppanyaki side this time but the a la carte side was quite cosy. The staff were efficient, quick yet very friendly.
Once you sit down you get a pot of green tea for the table (awesome for a cold night) and they have a selection of mocktails and cocktails.
The night started off with sashimi including kingfish, salmon, tuna and tuna belly (the angels sang to me when I popped that piece into my mouth). The gurnard was decent but the seared salmon belly was holy smokes delish.
Nigiris decided to come out and play and the blue eye fish and the aged tuna were fan-frigging-tastic!
The aburi salmon was pretty delish but the outstanding nigiri was the tuna belly glazed with soy sauce and holy moly it was effing AMAZEBALLS!
The salmon roe was so fresh and popped in our mouths. The sea urchin was super fresh but a touch grainy.
The steamed egg had great flavour but the texture wasn’t there. It was way too soft, almost watery like which was a shame. The soup was holy frigging delish. Filled with chicken, fish, scallops, it was definitely a Melbourne winter night pick me up.
The night ended with tempura and wagyu beef on a bed of rice and bean sprouts. The tempura had a touch too much batter and it was quite oily which was a shame. The wagyu was cooked perfectly, still pink inside and slightly charred on the outside. I would definitely be back for them wagyu.
The omakase is still in progress and will be released soon and it’s basically the set menu which you leave it up to the chef. Depending on the availability of the fish, the menu may be tweaked. The seafood is absolutely fresh and top notch and the wagyu was to die for. Kobe Teppanyaki, we will definitely be back for those sashimi and nigiris.
Disclaimer: I was invited to dine by Kobe Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant and all opinions expressed are my own.