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Sasaki – Sydney

Egg & Crab ($11)

 

For DS’s birthday this year we thought we’d sort of re-live our honeymoon in Japan and head to Sasaki. In my opinion, it’s pretty much as close as you’ll get to Japan in Sydney!

 

Kingfish, mandarin & fennel (special)

 

The whole place is incredible. Starting from the fact it’s pretty hidden in a tiny laneway near where Berta and Cre Asion cafe are! The decor is so simple but that’s all you need really. Even the food is simple, often made with just a handful of ingredients or less.

The menu is divided into simple, clear sections. There’s meat, seafood, vegetable, side dish and dessert. We tried to order a bit of everything, starting with the Egg & Crab ($11) and a Kingfish, mandarin and fennel special from the Seafood section. The egg & crab is your standard chawanmushi which both DS and I love. The kingfish was great too, but out of all the dishes we found it most underwhelming.

 

Cauliflower, potato, corn ($19)

 

From the vegetable section we got the Cauliflower, potato & corn ($19) which was a bit different to what I expected. It was more like a soup! Very hearty and warming. I guess that’s the fun thing about menus that just list the ingredients, you never know what shape or form the dish might take!

 

Miso Soup ($10)

 

Duck and meatballs (special)

 

Pork, salt & daikon ($26)

 

Pork, salt & daikon ($26)

 

We ordered two of the side dishes, which mainly went with the meat dishes we ordered. Both the miso soup ($10) and the salmon & rice ($12) were small portions and I’d recommend ordering one each. I loved the miso soup in particular and how it was packed with all sorts of vegetables and tofu. So much better than the standard miso soup with a few strings of wakame floating around! The salmon & rice was a great accompaniment to the meat

 

Salmon & rice ($12)

 

The meat dishes were really the highlight in a lot of ways! We got a duck special which involved slices of duck as well as duck meatballs. Personally, I found the duck slices a bit under-done and eating pink meat like that kind of freaks me out. The Pork, salt & daikon ($26) was another example not being sure of what a dish would look like given its ingredients! It turns out the pork was cooked in a shell of salt dough, with the daikon on the side in a bit of sauce. It’s a huge portion, which we didn’t expect, and also very salty, so the daikon really works to balance the flavours out.

We loved Sasaki! It reminded us so much of Japan. I loved the variety of the dishes and I know their menu changes frequently so I’ll be keen to check it out again. To be honest, I think we ordered too much. It meant that we didn’t get to have dessert, which I’ve heard great things about. There’s always next time!

Sasaki
102/21 Alberta Street
Surry Hills
sasaki.com.au

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