|A 50kg 100% farmed sustainable Bluefin tuna, flown in from Japan.|
The degustation menu changes regularly, and is great value at $80 for 6 courses (far too much food, especially if you go for the optional soba course). It's definitely a good choice for that special ocassion, not just for the variety of highlights, but also because of the delightful presentation of the dishes. However, it also leaves you too full to try anything off the specials menu, which we just had to come back for.
We were happy to see seasonal ingredients being offered. The man at Depot was right: Bluff oysters are not as delicate as Tio Point oysters, but we enjoyed eating them all the same. We also had fresh bamboo shoots, which we have not seen at a restaurant before, and they were tender and flavourful.
|New season bluff oysters.|
|Charcoal-grilled new season bamboo shoots.|
|Farmed bluefin tuna - akami and toro sashimi with fresh wasabi root.|
at least five different kinds of marinated fungi, including snow fungus, shiitake mushrooms, enokitake or golden needles mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and white button mushrooms.
|Charcoal finished premium grain-fed wagyu, with at least five different types of fungi.|
|A side of soba, with soup for dipping. Large sushi platter in the background.|
|Black sesame creme brulee, with a sesame shortbread and fresh fruit.|
The degustation is great for a special ocassion, but we like to pick and choose. We prefer the more traditional dishes than the more fusion ones.
Small Plates: Charcoal grilled new season bamboo shoots ($12), Farmed blue fin tuna sushi or sashimi ($8-$10/piece)
Sides: Udon warm broth noodles ($6), "Zaru soba" chilled buckwheat noodles ($7), South Island fresh wasabi ($4)
The shiki-tofu (made using water from Mount Fuji) is delicious and silky smooth. They will also make a vegetarian version of the chawanmushi. In fact, you can have a whole degustation's worth of vegie dishes. Just advise the chef not to use fish stock, as this is one ingredient that often makes visibly vegetarian dishes non-vegetarian.
56a Brown Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
(09) 360 0927
Tuesdays to Saturdays 12 - 2pm, 5:30 - 10pm
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