Sashimi, sushi and tempura boat, nasu dengaku eggplant, fish so fresh it sparkles and some of the most refined sake to wash it all down.
Sushi Yachiyo is another restaurant from the Yachiyo Group of which I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing.
Having loved the simplicity of Sashimi Tucker in Hunter Connection Food Court I’m really looking forward to the restaurant-style Japanese on offer.
The daily fish always changes depending on what’s available fresh at the Fish Markets. Today they are some gleaming red gurnards, so fresh the eyes sparkle.
Sake is a pretty big deal here, only the liquor imported from Japan makes it into Sushi Yachiyo.
Chawanmushi is savoury egg custard flavoured with chicken stock
Nasu dengaku eggplant is painted in a thick layer of both red and white miso paste. The red paste, the aka shiro miso takes longer to ferment hence it’s costlier to produce and acquire. The combined sweet/saltiness of the miso paste with the buttery, melt-in-you-mouth texture of the eggplant is just lovely.
Thinly sliced pieces of warm duck breast are braised in soy and served along with mash, which soaks up the soy vinegar braising liquid.
The Yachiyo Gozen boat consists of 4 nigiri, 3 small rolls, 5 sashimi and assorted vegetable tempura is how you can have some of the freshest fish in Sydney for lunch. Just a dab lick of soy and wasabi is all you need to enhance the perfectly vinegared rice and raw, buttery seafood.
As soon as this plate exits the kitchen it immediately catches my eye because it’s as if the fish is still alive, the way it’s positioned with its head raised. The bones and fins are deep-fried until edible and are like crisps, the flesh tastes quite ‘meaty’. To be frank, I think the batter wasn’t needed and the fish showcased; whole and fried in a tempura batter would have been my preferred way of cooking.
An after-lunch cleanser is a scoop of the complimentary matcha and white chocolate ganache.
The matcha flavour in the creme brulee could have been stronger, but I have a very good tolerance for the grassy taste. Otherwise the custard is smooth and the sugar crust makes a fabulously loud crack when you dip your spoon into it.
MsBrulee dined as guests of Sushi Yachiyo. Opinions however are my own.