Monday, July 12, 2010

Sunday dinner at Sakana-ya

Yesterday was a lazy day.  I slept on-and-off until 3pm(!) - it was such an indulgence and I loved it.  Hopefully it would help with my recovery from my cold/laryngitis.

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.


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