Sake Restaurant

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In recent weeks passed on one summery evening, I was invited along to the newly revamped Art Centre’s Hamer Hall to dine at Sakè Restaurant and Bar, marking its arrival from Sydney and Brisbane. Being always somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to food, with “fusion” comes a degree of scepticism and hesitation. Sure, the view across Southbank is breathtaking and the interior design is impeccably stunning, with soft earthy tones and floral-oriental notes speckled throughout a lofty almost outdoorsy-feel space, leaving diners with a buoyant mood. But, is the food carried to a corresponding level? We shall see.

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Kingfish Jalapeno, Hiramasa Kingfish, yuzu soy, jalapeno and coriander.

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Salmon tataki jalapeno dressing.

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Panko fried rice balls, soy bean, bamboo and shitake mushroom rice balls.

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Toothfish lettuce cups, grilled miso-marinated Patagonian toothfish in lettuce cups.

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Wagyu teriyaki, 7+ Wagyu beef, served on sautéed shitake and buckwheat with yakiniku sauce.

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Shrimp tempura, creamy spicy sauce, yuzu dressed salad.

Buttermilk pannacotta, passionfruit coulis.

The night began with sashimi and tataki reinvented with a fairly light, well balanced jalopeno dressing that is enough to kick start the taste buds with a tiny kick of heat. The toothfish is a must try – it is a classic success story of an ugly fish dolled up to fit on a classy plate. It is juicy, fragrant with miso, but painfully bite sized though. The use of yuzu in several dishes is well received, bringing lively floral-citrus notes, though arguably underused in the heavier dishes to come.

From the heavier parts of the menu, the wagyu certainly cannot be faulted with a scrumptious buckwheat salad. But my utter approval stops here. The carb-heavy rice balls and heavily battered shrimp tempura (contrary to a true light tempura batter), though more-ish, falls too far into casual arena and is likely to leave one in a postprandial lethargic state. Failed attempt – no; moreish – yes; but certainly out of line with the lighter tones I love about Japanese cuisine.

The final sweet course, left me somewhat uninspired, craving for something more Japanese to finish the meal.

Rating: Yummy+1. The fusion fare offered at Sake provides promise, with glimpses of excellence, simplicity and elegance with a Japanese sake list that is incredibly charming. There are however, spells of controversy that for me stray too far from its Japanese heritage. When I eat Japanese, I *cough* expect red bean and green tea… but that’s just me.

[Sake Restaurant & Bar]
Where:     Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd.
Contact: 03 8687 0775

[I dined courtesy of Sake Restaurant and Hot House Media & Events]

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Some upcoming events at Sake for those interested:

The Famous Spiegeltent (9 March) a Sushi Ragamuffin Master Class with Shaun Presland.

Sake South Dinner (21 March) – a sensorial journey, drawing inspiration from the South of Japan… bringing together sake and other Japanese beverages matched with five courses.

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3 Responses to “Sake Restaurant”
  1. Ashley says:

    WANT TO EAT ALL THE THINGS!

  2. Such beautiful looking pictures and food! Wants!

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