Thankfully Yuri from Washoku Lovers, is a Japanese guru on what to order here, so she highly recommended some items we wouldn't be able to get at other Japanese restaurants.
I feel the Japanese are amazing at what they create. The culture is so lively and welcoming. They're usually one of the first to create a smart whacky gadget, or install some system or even create very unusual trends.
I think one of the best things is alcohol free beer. Tasting exactly like Asahi, the non alcoholic version is perfect if you've been given the title of the designated driver on a good night out. I found the Japanese Green Tea Sake to be very easy to drink as the green tea was more dominant. With milk, it honestly tasted like an alcoholic green tea latte.
7 morsels of goodness makes me happy that I've tried Samurai 7. As there's two pieces of each, the boy and I are happy we don't need to fight over who tries what. We agreed that the sashimi is amazingly fresh, and the simple flavours go a long way. No to mention that for this amount at $19, it's pretty damn good value for money.
Another speciality at Izakaya Yebisu is their Abura Soba (Japanese Peperconcino). Translating to 'Soupless Oil Noodles' this was hands down my favourite dish of the night. The springy ramen tossed in shoyu soy and pork oil packed loads of flavour where the pork chausu was nice and fatty. To top it off, there was a spicy peppery hit to each bite making it an outstanding dish.
Our Beef Carpaccio was presented beautifully and the horseradish cream was a nice addition though I wish there was more. Personally, I would have preferred thinner slices and less oil, but the boy gobbled this up.
Of course daily greens - Seaweed Salad !
When our Scallop & Garlic Fried Rice arrived at the table, I already felt defeated. However, there was a fragrant aroma of fried garlic all tossed in meant I had to have some. Absolutely no regrets. This is not for the faint hearted if you don't like garlic.
This sample dessert, a Valentines Day Special was the perfect way to end the night. The brownie like chocolate gateau was dense, but not too sweet whilst the addition of the glazed banana made me feel slightly healthier. Oh, and crumbly pear and ice cream are always a good combination.
Honestly, writing this post makes me feel full again, however wanting to eat these foods at the same time. I would highly highly recommend the Abura Soba (is now literally one of my favourite noodles dishes that I probably won't find easy) and Samurai 7. Of course, if you join Washoku Lovers (free to join guys!) you're able to score their special Malt Tap Beer or Sake at half the price or a free soft drink.
* A Little Bit Of Tang dined as a guest at Izakaya Samurai & SD Marketing Global Pty Ltd, although all my opinions are 100% my own, honest and unbiased. Please refer to my disclosure policy for more information.