How was it?
I had heard so many good things about Azuma Kushiyaki at Regent Place, so I was excited to try it out with Little J. We had already looked at the menu online and decided that we had to try the Kushiyaki 6 course degustation. Not only did it seem totally value-for-money at $55 per person, but also there seemed to be a nice variety of items on the menu.
Once we ordered, the food started to roll out at a pretty steady speed. The first course was the famous seared tuna salad. Famous because it was featured on SBS' Food Safari! The tuna was beautiful, soft and almost melt-in-the mouth and the sweet salad dressing was lovely with the tuna and asian greens.
I love edamame! Warm, salty green soy beans were a perfect nibble whilst waiting for our next courses.
Seared Salmon, Seared Kingfish & Soft Shell Crab Inside-Out Roll
Seared Salmon & Seared Kingfish Nigiri
I love salmon and even more when it is seared. There's just something about that hint of smokiness that makes it just that much more amazing! The seared salmon and seared kingfish sushi here were definitely a delight.
Yes, I am also a sucker for soft shell crab rolls. If I order sushi rolls, soft-shell crab is very likely to be the one that I pick, so I was happy that this came on the platter. The meaty soft shell crab and the gooey mayo and bursts of salmon roe were little morsels of goodness.
Little J loves her karage chicken and this definitely lived up to her expectations. The chicken was meaty, yet it wasn't as oily as I expected it to be. Dipped in the dollop of mayo, these were delicious.
Various salts to be used with kushiyaki. I can't remember exactly what they were, but I think from left to right: Curry, Sea Salt, Green Tea Salt.
The assorted kushiyaki were all amazing. Given that this is the restaurant's namesake, you'd assume their kushiyaki are pretty good!
Chicken Thigh, Beef Kushiyaki
The beef kushiyaki had us both moaning! It was so soft and tender, we both took a bite and then decided to save it til last! The chicken thigh was also delicious, being juicy and tender.
The chicken breast kushiyaki was also soft and tender, however didn't have the same wow factor as the chicken thigh, perhaps it is all in the marinade! I really enjoyed the woody texture of the okra, however Little J did not like it at all! I guess it is an acquired taste. I also enjoyed the fact that there was some form of vegetable to balance out all the meatiness.
Macakarel, Scallop, Okra
The scallops were also enjoyed as they were plump and soft and just very very lightly seared. The mackarel fish was rather salty and it reminded me of tinned fish! But definitely not bad, although the kind of fish you'd expect to eat with a bowl of congee, rather than alone on a skewer.
Green Tea Sponge Roll
After a much needed break, it was time for dessert! I couldn't help admiring the beauty of the two items on my plate - the green tea sponge roll (it looked like a sushi roll!) and the biscuit placed on top of the mango sorbet. The green tea sponge roll was light and fluffy, and the mango sorbet was both sweet and sour and the thin wafer like biscuit on top added a sweet crunch.
We saw another table order the affogato, so we decided that we had to have it. They had to order it from their bakery next door and we waited in anticipation! The coffee was so super strong and a little bit too bitter, so I would have preferred it to be served with vanilla ice cream rather than coffee. Although dipping in the wafers and fruit were fun, I probably wouldn't order this particular dessert again.
Thanks Little J!
I was very happy with my experience at Azuma Kushiyaki. The food was great and beautifully presented. I definitely think the degustation is worth it, and I'd definitely like to go again.
Ground Floor Regent Place Shopping,
501 George St,
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9267 7775
Open 7 Days (Lunch only available Mon - Fri)