Tori Ichi Sake Dining, Sydney

Being a food blogger means that I am always assigned the task to look for Birthday lunch places, It was a good friend Ms M birthday and she requested some nice Japanese food. We wanted something new and not the nearby Hokkaido Japanese restaurant again. I remember one day I walked pass Masuya, there was a new small Jap open next to it call Tori Ichi Sake. The place looks really buzzing and I have confirmed that it was open by the same owner as Masuya but with a lower price tag. Fantastic! Because I personally love Masuya but just that it always requires weeks advance booking, we were too late and decided to give Tori Ichi a try.

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Ratings
Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 8/10

 

Average Price
Entrée: $4.90 – $8
Main: $13 – $25
Dessert: N/A
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: No BYO, fully licensed
Cakeage: Free

 

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins – 15 mins
Booking time require: 1 – 2 days
Child friendly/High Chair: No

  

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Miyazaki’nanban bento – Chicken nanban, Salmon sashimi, rice, miso soup and assorted small dishes, $19.5

The menu was so extensive, over 10 different Bento Box to choose from, just the options of tea took up half a page in the menu. Very impressive. I opted for the chicken nanban, first time I came across with the word nanban, did a quick search on my phone and it means fried chicken in a lightly sour dressing. It tastes kind of like mayonnaise with little bit vinegar, very refreshing indeed. Good looking rolls, decently sized servings of sashimi and efficient service, all of these for a price of under $20.

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Nagoya’unagi’ bento – Eel, Salmon sashimi, rice, miso soup and assorted small dishes, $19.5

I also had a few bites on the eel, Ms M dish had slightly different side dish such as the deep fried chicken and gyoza (Japanese dumplings), I supposed that is because I’ve already had a deep fried chicken as my main.

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Hokkaido bento – grilled salmon, Salmon sashimi, rice, miso soup and assorted small dishes, $19.5

Grilled salmon was cooked to perfection and slightly sweeten soy sauce accompanied it very well.

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Momo peach oolong, $4

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Address:

12 O’connell St, Sydney
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 11:30-14:00, 17:30-21:00

Ph:+612-9233-8181

Getting There:

Parking: O’connell St

Train Station: Martin place

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Ichigo Ichie, Sydney Central St

 

Ratings
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 6/10

Average Price
Entrée: $5 – $16
Main: $20 – $35
Dessert: $8.80
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: No BYO, fully licensed
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Hard
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1-2 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 

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One of those weeknights catch up dinner with my girlfriends again. We decided to give the new Japanese izakaya – Ichigo Ichie a try. It is secretly tucked into a laneway on Central Street opposite of George Street cinema. Although it was a chilly Thursday night, the friendly staffs made me felt warm and welcomed.

We took a few minute to enjoy the warm and stylish décor, I especially love their Japanese cherry blossom painting on the wall because it made me feel like I was really in Japan. We took a long time to decide what to order, as we were getting a bit over excited and started to talk louder and louder, I realised the sound of our voice bounces off the wooden ceiling and created some distraction to other customers. The waitress came to us with a big smile and offers her help in recommending some dishes and guidance of how many dishes we needed for two people.

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Medium rare Wagyu beef steak grade 7 (with creamy mashed potato and mixed salad leaves, Served with steak jus). $32.80

The fact that I have such a soft spot for beef, I am not talking about just ordinary beef, but Wagyu beef, so the medium rare Wagyu beef steak was highly on top of our list.

I have eaten a lot of wagyu beef before from different countries; Hong Kong, Japan, Australia but I can say this one in Ichigo Ichie is one of the best that I’ve tasted. It was so juicy and tender that it just melts in the mouth. But if I order this again I would request it to be medium cooked rather than medium rare. It wasn’t bloody but it was a bit too raw to chew. It also came with a small serve of creamy mashed potato, mixed salad and steak jus.

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Spider Roll (Tempura soft shell crab, curly lettuce, flying fish roe & avocado), $15.80

The presentation of the spider roll looks good, lots of sauce and colour which combines well. Soft shell crab is nice and crunchy, rice is of the texture of sushi should.

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Green tea ice-cream with Ariette (sesame sweet biscuit, red bean coulis), $8.80

And for those who would like something sweet at the end of their meal, there are two desserts to choose from. Not a lot of option but hard enough for me to pick one out of the two because green tea & black sesame ice-cream are both my favourite. But since I still got a tub of black sesame ice-cream from Serendipity at home so we opted for the green tea ice-cream with red bean.

It was lovely with the drizzles of condense milk over it, the sweet biscuits pieces pair well with the ice-cream and strawberries. I can have another serve of these.

Conclusion: The service was good, friendly. Ambience was somewhat made me feel like I was in Japan. Value, relatively expensive for a small portion.

 

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Address:

8 Central Street, Sydney
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:30 to 14:30, 17:00 to 22:00 
Ph:+612-8008-0600
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street/Pitt Street 
By train: Town Hall

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Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant, Circular Quay

 

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Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $5 – $10
Main: $10 – $25
Dessert: Not aware of one
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $3 p/p
Cakeage: $1 p/p

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Hard
Brightness of restaurant: Normal
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1-2 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 
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Formally known as Lobster cave, located in loftus street in circular Quay area of Sydney CBD. Now this is a real hidden gem because it is secretly hidden under ground with a long stairs. As the door open, you come to one of the best and reasonable priced Japanese restaurant in town.

Hokkaido has an extensive menu for their ramen, udon, soba, don and Bento box. If you are not a big fan of noodle in soup there is always other dish for you such as the Katsu Don, Teriyaki Chicken and sukiyaki for the hot pot lovers.

What I love the most is their ramen and the soup base, which are essentially chicken soup based blended with other natural ingredients such as fish and salt. You can also choose between three type of flavour-base soup: Miso (bean paste), Shoyu (soy sauce) and Shio (dried scallop soup).

 

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Cha-shu (roated pork) Lover’s Ramen (miso base), $15

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Hokkaido Miso Ramen (Miso base), $12

The noodles were a thinner variety, but still perfectly chewy, the pork was so tender it almost falls apart when you pick it up and had a almost sweet, fatty, melt-in-your-mouth flavour. The egg wasn’t as runny as expected but wasn’t too bad.

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Yaki Udon (Stir fried udon noodle) with Karaage (deep fried chicken), $16

Udon was chewy and always come out perfectly with right amount of meat and veges. The portion was so generous that this dish was unfinished even by a male.

 

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Address:

Basement, 20 Loftus Street, Circular Quay
opening hrs: Mon – Sat: 12:00 to 14:30, 18:00 to 21:30 
Ph:+612-9251-8280
Web: www.hokkaido.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Elizabeth Street 
By train: Circular Quay

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