With more than 200 restaurants worldwide, Yayoi Japanese Teishoku Restaurant has finally made its way to the Sydney CBD dining scene.
Zensai – Moriawase – Assorted Appetizers
To start, in perfect Japanese style, this beautiful array of assorted appetisers were placed in front of us.
Starting with a savoury slice of silky omelette
Poached Chicken with Lotus Root, Snow Pea, Shitake Mushroom and Carrot
Poached in a subtle broth the chicken was tender and moist going very well with the fresh crunch of the veggies and the chewy shitake mushroom.
Eel with Tofu, Salmon Roe, Snow Pea and Wasabi
A great little dish, the flavoursome oiliness of the eel is nicely balanced by the tofu and the saltiness of the salmon roe.
Sake Tasting $15
Being a complete sake noob I decided to go for the sake tasting option. With 3 options ranging from dry to sweet it was great to actually take the time to appreciate the superb floral notes and complex flavours of this great alcohol.
Zensai – Seafood
Part of Yayoi’s NYE degustation this platter of assorted seafood was made up of a zingy salmon sashimi, a buttery scallop, fresh king fish and poached snapper. A great array of different flavours of the sea all exquisitely presented.
Gyu Tataki Salad – Seared Beef, Sesame Dressing, Ponzu Gelee
Next up was a lightly seared beef tataki salad. The meat was amazingly fresh and tender while the salad was dressed in a nutty and zesty sesame and ponzu gelee.
Salmon Carpaccio – salmon roe ponzu gelee
Fresh cuttings of creamy salmon are bathed in a citrusy ponzu dressing and gelee. With a scattering of salty little salmon roe pearls this is a really great dish (served in a really pretty dish).
Asari Sakamushi – little neck clams steamed in sake
These little clams were prepared very simply. Steamed in sake for a aromatic floral taste the clam meat was plump and juicy.
Ume No Yado Yuzu-Shu Citrus Saké
More sake to try, this one being flavoured with yuzu. Light and full of that citrus flavour that is so beloved by the Japanese (and me), the sake went down very (very) easily.
More salmon, this time perfectly seared with a sticky sweet teriyaki sauce and accompanied by some very interesting shimeji mushrooms. Slightly chewy and woody in flavour they added a lovely texture to the flaky salmon.
Pork Fillet Katsu
Dayum! This was good! The Pork is tender and moist and covered in a super crunchy coating. What I especially liked about this was the little mound of uji matcha from Kyoto. Adding a very interesting and enjoyable flavour to the pork the matcha astringent taste, followed by a lingering sweetness.
Nasu Miso – eggplant, pork, capsicum, shimeji
Amazingly tender seared pork tossed with soft eggplant, capsicum, shimeji mushrooms and a miso marinate screams umami. Awesome dish!
Wagyu Shabu- Shabu
My favourite part of the night was this little DIY hot pot.
A plate of fresh raw ingredients like wagyu, tomatoes, tofu, shimeji (wood ear mushroom) shitake mushrooms are provided to dip and cook in the boiling broth at your own will and pace.
Being gluttons and having zero self control, we ended up chucking everything in and eating the cooked goodies straight from the boiling broth. The combination of all the flavours in the hotpot make for really great eating, particularly the wagyu which we barely cooked, keeping it tender.
A lot of people might be put off by the thought of eel, but if you’re a seafood fan like me then you’ll know that its a great piece of fish with a slightly oily texture and packed full of a unique smoky flavour. Accompanied by some sauteed asian greens, miso soup, and a silky savoury steamed egg custard (chawanmushi) that was to die for!
The main unagi dish comes with six pieces of the seared eel resting on a bed of julienned omelette and rice.
Dessert time! And these raspberry and blueberry pannacottas were just perfect. Super creamy and like velvet in your mouth they were an excellent end to a phenomenally good meal.
Yayoi was a fantastic dining experience steeped in authentic Japanese food, drink and dining etiquette.
Situated in Bridge Street its just a short walk down to Circular Quay.
Yayoi Japanese Teishoku Restaurant
2/38-42 Bridge Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000
2 Hungry Guys dined as a guest