Groupon Adventures - Hibachi Japanese Grill @ Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Tuesday 26th July
Through Groupon we bought the '$79 for a Seven-Course Japanese Banquet with Sake for Two People at Hibachi Japanese Grill, CBD (Up to $137 Value)' though there is no way this meal this normally almost $70 per person! A lot of dinning deals seem inflated over there.
Instead of seven courses it should be called seven dishes, composing of entrees, a main and dessert.
I don't recall the place being so yellow on the night...
Traditional-ish setting, with spaces for feet. Yay!
We started with miso soup, with fresh tofu, wakame and spring onions.
California sushi roll with prawn, avocado, cucumber and tobiko
Octopus balls topped with Katsuobushi
Vegetable gyoza with ponzu raiyu sauce
Tempura: 1 prawn and vegetables with mirin soy sauce
Teppan Tofu - Main
Green tea ice cream & black sesame ice cream
There were options for gyoza (pork/veg) and Buta kimchi (grilled pork belly toasted with kimchi sauce) instead of tofu, but I don't eat pork. Hence am not one to be invited to dumplings night. :P
Everything was good, the octopus balls and sushi stood out being pipping hot and fresh and fun served with ginger on the side.
Atmosphere was ideal, quiet being a Tuesday Night there were only a couple other tables. Easy listening piano played in the background, including some music box and love songs.
Service was minimal though adequate, as we're fans of Japanese food we knew what everything was, but would have liked the waitress to tell us anyway, which each dish was as she served them. She was very quiet.
I would have liked to add a serving of edamame and chicken karrage as I felt that it was a series of entree with a tofu main and wasn't enough for dinner. We were both full though as we had late lunches, though for the size and full price we wouldn't recommend it.
We paid $33.50 per person or $67.15 together, for what we ate + 200ml sake.
Tip - Japanese is cheaper during lunch, look for bentos. The cheapest ones are $10 at Wagayu, though out in Carneige (by the station) is our all time favourite, Shyun. It's always cheap and has atmosphere, bookings required.
P.S. There's another Japanese place on the opposite side of the road towards Bourke St, the name also starts with H. I got lost.
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