With all the hype over the newly refurbished Intercontinental Double Bay, it was interesting to see which flashy restaurant would covet a spot in this classy eastern suburbs establishment. It was no surprise that the chic, trendy and refined Saké Restaurant & Bar took the spot with it’s modern, high class spin on Japanese fine dining.
Shiroku Yuzu $8
We started our meal with a deliciously refreshing glass of yuzu sake. The zesty tart flavours really helped to get our taste buds into gear for the food to come.
It goes without saying that we had to get some edemame to start off with. The sweet vibrant little beans were accompanied by truffle, nori and sea salt for that extra little sensory kick.
We decided to go with U8 King Prawn Robata Lunch Bento Set ($39) and option 2 of the 3-Course lunch option ($49). Super affordable and great value, if I don’t say so myself.
Starting first from the 3-Course lunch option was this impressive wagyu carpaccio, sliced so paper thin you could almost see through it. The garlic and yuzu soy bring a sweet citrus laden flavour which infuses into the highly marbled meat.
The ever comforting miso soup is easily one of my favourite things about Japanese food. Not particularly fancy, although the good old miso never really has to be, provided it’s got the right flavours. I’m glad to see a place like Saké, with all their contemporary twists, haven’t forgotten how important the simple things are.
Braised Shortrib Robata
Glazed in a sticky sweet red miso paste, these heavenly meat skewers were really something special. The high marbeling in the meat makes these simply melt in your mouth in a wave of intoxicating flavour and texture. Add to that a shaving of black truffle and you’ll understand why this was our favourite savoury of the day.
A superb selection of some of the finest and freshest sushi we’ve experienced. The expert handling of the fish by the skilled sushi chefs really shows in these nigiri sushi. The fish pieces all with their unique flavours each had a creamy texture that is indicative of the superb quality.
Next was the Lunch Bento Set, consisting of these plump and juicy U8 King Prawns wrapped in prosciutto . The crispy outer layer made for an excellent (and tasty) casing to the meaty crustaceans. The shichimi dipped lime added an even bigger flavour boost with its spicy zest.
Accompanying the prawns was a neat little selection of fresh and vibrant Sashimi. Tuna, Kingfish, Scallops and Salmon, each piece was expertly carved and tasted incredibly fresh.
Chestnut Ice-cream $19
I’m a big fan of chestnuts so this simple looking dish went down very well with me. The chestnut ice-cream was perched on a bed of crumble (who-knows-of-what, but super delicious) which added a nice textural contrast. The sweet creamy taste of the chestnuts really shone through the ice cream.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I would like to introduce to you: The Dragons Egg, dark chocolate egg, encasing a sweet surprise inside. This gorgeous creation is doused in steaming liquid nitrogen allowing you to satisfyingly crack it open, and giving it a mystical feel.
The theatrics of this dessert does nothing to hid the intense and rich flavours within its dark chocolate shell. The cognac ice cream adds a boozy and decadent surprise. It’s such a pleasure to see food at this high standard, not only pleasing to the palate but also pleasing to the eye, and really that’s what Japanese food is all about.
Cracking the DRAGON EGG at @sakerestaurant in Double Bay ???? #2HungryGuys A video posted by 2 Hungry Guys – Food & Travel (@2hungryguys) on
We had a gorgeous little lunch at Saké. The quality and presentation of the food, matched with the prompt and friendly service and classy atmosphere makes this place a winner in our eyes. Definitely worth a return visit with someone special.
Sake Restaurant & Bar
33 Cross Street,
Double Bay, NSW
2 Hungry Guys dined as a guest