Favourites in sakae sushi
It is basically breaded oysters, cheese and beancurd. Very crispy on the outside, and smooth on the inside. Beancurd and cheese combines very well with the oyster. It goes with very well when dipped lightly into the sauce.
Of course the miso soup is essentially the simplest Japanese soup everyone loves. I really don’t think they are very generous with the tofu cube in it, but at its price this makes a good miso soup. If you are worry that the brine may be ajinomoto , need not worry because miso pastes are actually fermented beans.
They have variety chawanmushi and so I ordered the Sakae chawanmushi with fin. Fin or no fin, either way for some reason, the eggs are smooth but lacks the a little on the taste. Probably because its a little too salty.
Their appetisers are charming, but their desserts are attractive too. My personal and all time favourite, the black sesame ice cream. Not too sweet, slight bitterness from the black sesame. Dun expect awesome smoothness from the texture. After all, they are sakae sushi not sakae ice cream. So lets give and take a little.
Now the apple sorbet is one that is very mildly sweet and strong apple fragrant. Not a satisfying dessert if you like sweet and creamy for desserts. I personnaly like it alot thou.
This used to be their February specials. It takes a long time to cook the mushrooms, vegetables, salmon, fish, and tofu because we can hardly get the soup to come to boiling state. The good part about waiting here is the quality catch up time with your friends.
If you are not a fish person, then we can go for the chicken sukiyaki. Call this the Japanese style steamboat. Except unlike the Chinese style soups, Japanese sukiyaki is very sweet.
Another creative fusion from sakae sushi, the ika lobster fried maki. Ordinary fried maki, topped with ika lobster. Delicious but not recommended to be consumed in large volume. This was a little too oily for me.
Baked kimuchi scallop is a must try if you like scallops. Most of the time, they have fresh scallops. Depending on outlets, the more customers in that outlet would give you a higher chance of being served fresh scallops. There is mayo and cheese on the scallop if I’m not mistaken. Amazing combination.
The ala cartes are good. But you must order anything with kimuchi soup in it. In this case, this time I‘ve ordered the geisha gozen. A little advice, this is strictly for sharing. A healthy and balanced set with rice, soup, chawanmush i, baby octopus, tempura vegetable, fresh salad, and scallop kimuchi soup. In the soup is chinese cabbage, scallops, tofu, shiitake mushroom, leek, japanese fish cake, enoki (those with tiny button-shapped caps and long spindly stems).
If you are watching your diet, there is always something for everyone here. Fresh tofu and avocado salad comes with sesame dipping salad sauce. It is very appetizingly appealing with sprinkled roe on the salad and I must say, the salad is very refreshing.
Hotate mentaiyaki is similar to baked kimuchi scallop, but better for the scallops were entirely covered by the creamy mayo liked cheese resulting to scallop being so freshly sweet.
Saba shioyaki, aka the grilled fish is a must order for fish lovers. Not fishy at all, and its mildly salted while grilled to perfection. Fish is juicy on the inside and the skin is slightly grilled to crunch. There is no flavoring but it’s not dull at all. Squeeze a little lemon on it, and that brings out the freshness of the fish itself.
The yaki gyoza is similar to Korean mandu, or the Chinese dumplings. Japanese style was served with dipping sauce and sometimes, depending on the outlet you visit, you get fresh cooked ones. This is important because the edges of the dumpling will not have hard texture from over time exposure to open air.
Trio ebi maki is a sushi with prawns as main ingredient. No biggie, but they’ve made it and it’s pretty appealing to prawn lovers.
Raw salmon is probably one of the representing dishes in Japanese cuisine. I personally love it and at the same time adore avocado as well. However, I can’t comprehend with the cheese in it. Somehow takes away the salmon even thou in this dish, the salmon was smoked. So I guess cheese lovers would like this.
Ala carte kimuchi hotate nabe is exactly the same soup served in the geisha gozen set. Probably because it is really close to kimchi soup, I really adore this amongst all other soups serve in the restaurant. Despite how I recommend the kimuchi soup, kimuchi mushroom tofu is a total failure. It’s very creative of them to attempt this, but the tofu in the soup is agedashi tofu. Because it was fried before soaking in the soup, it results in the soup being really oily.
Lastly, this is what you can order only during Xmas. The tree was made out of potato salad. So we don’t actually have to wait till Xmas! Just order the potato salad.
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