Woah! It’s been ages since I last did one of these! I felt I just needed a break from taking photos of food and to enjoy it instead. I think I was getting sick of seeing all the food photos flying around mixed in with just wanting to relax after work that taking photos didn’t become “important.”
Yesterday my Boyfriend and I enjoyed the beautiful sunshine by having a late lunch at one of Melbourne’s new additions to the Japanese scene. We discovered this place a few weeks ago and enjoyed the dinner so much, we wanted to try the lunch. It’s in a wonderful location, snuggled in the Arts Centre with a view of the Yarra River and the city. Perfect place for the pre-theatre feast to the post-theatre drinks before heading out on the town.
Since it was mid-afternoon, there were less patrons which suited us fine from the bustling night a few weeks ago. We enjoyed great food, while the Summer breeze washed over us.
Out of all the Japanese restaurants in Melbourne I’ve been to so far- Saké by far has the best cocktails/mocktails in my opinion. Few weeks ago I had the Pink Blossom cocktail which was delicious and yesterday I decided to go for the mocktail Spring Breeze – sweet and refreshing with its apple, ginger and strawberry mix.
We were intrigued by the sushi/sashimi platter because we didn’t order it last time and it looked spectacular as it was being brought out of the kitchen. Definitely can’t go back to the sushi and sashimi you purchase at the little cafes, after you taste them at these restaurants.
Beef tataki is one of our favourite Japanese dishes. We always order it when we go to a Japanese restaurant and like to compare. Saké’s is definitely meatier and has a more ginger taste to it which is different but good!
Wagyu tartar – I love beef tartar and once again love seeing how different places interpret the dish. This one was less seasoned than others I’ve had – didn’t get the usual kick of spices, however once again different but great!
Popcorn shrimp- the usual tempura favourite coated with creamy sauce. My boyfriend said he could scoff this all down!
I’m not keen on Asian desserts, I generally lean towards old-fashioned milk chocolates and vanilla, but the boyfriend insisted we try something. We chose the Bubble Milk Tea Trifle which had layers of white chocolate, caramel, pistachio flavours with tapioca pearls in milk tea. I really enjoyed it! It wasn’t stifling sweet, just enough, and the tea flavoured tapioca pearls made me feel very mellow on this hot Summer’s afternoon.
Great service. Great food. Great location. I want to hold an event here! :oD