At around 5pm I decided that (1) I didn't want to cook tonight, and (2) I was craving for sushi. Mr Curious and I tried to think of a local Japanese restaurant with high chairs and Sakana-ya came to mind, so we headed to Crows Nest for an early dinner.
Sakana-ya is an institution in Sydney. It has been around for as long as I can remember, and I used to go with my parents when we lived in the 'burbs. Now it's only a few minutes' drive away from our place. That being said I haven't been there for a long time, as there are so many Japanese restaurants on the lower North Shore.
We quickly ordered a serve of salmon nimono style ($13) for TLG as it was a bit beyond his usual dinner time. He was a bit impatient and called out "nummy" (what he calls food) a few times before the dish arrived.
"Nimono" is a method of cooking - the salmon was simmered with soy sauce and mirin (sweet sake). The sauce was sticky and sweet, perfect for little kids. TLG demolished the dish in record time. For $13 it is a very good value.
To cure my sushi cravings we ordered a small mixed sushi and sashimi platter ($29).
As expected the sashimi were fresh and tasty. The wasabi was top-notch and so were the ginger. My favourite was the scampi, I wished I had it last because nothing else was quite as good. I even took the scampi shell apart to pick out the little bits of flesh, Nom-nom.
I also ordered a unagi and cucumber hand roll ($7). I liked that the soy sauce they used wasn't too sweet, so the eel pieces weren't overwhelmed
This was the sweet potatoes with chicken thighs, one of the daily specials ($8.50).
Look at how nicely prepared the sweet potatoes were, I thought they were mushrooms when the dish arrived! I ordered this thinking that I would share with TLG. Instead TLG ate half the sweet potatoes and all of the chicken! The little that I ate tasted very nice, the chicken was a bit fatty for my liking but TLG didn't mind a bit.
Since TLG took over that dish I ordered another hand roll, this time a salmon and avocado one ($7).
Mr Curious ordered a beef steak rice box ($22).
He gave me a bit to try, the flavours were good but the steak was too tough. Served him right for ordering a red meat dish at a seafood restuarant (sakana is fish in Japanese).
If I was going with someone who likes cooked fish (Mr Curious only likes the raw variety) I would have ordered some of the deep fried fishes or even fish heads. You can check them out on this blog.
I never knew they had such a pretty back entrance! Must check it out next time.
The bill came to $93.50 which was not cheap for an impulsive casual dinner but it was good value for the quality of food we enjoyed. I think we'll be back again soon.