…of lurve and Japanese food…

February 15, 2009



Mr S. and I are not a romantic couple in the whole public fanfare or showy sense. You will never see me walking around on Valentines Day holding a single stem rose like I was clutching a million dollar cheque (how many of those people did I see on Saturday?!). But that’s not to say that we are unsentimental or unaffectionate by any means! We are just low-key people. 

Nevertheless rather than spending this day of lurve sitting at home, we decided to brave the rainy and wintery conditions of Sydney and get couple-y. My only request was that I get to eat what I love in a casual setting – no candelight or rose petal strewn tables please!

 

My other love – Lighting fixtures!

One of my favourite cuisines is Japanese and Dining Bar Musashi was the only place to go that night, as no booking is ever required after 6pm. My only hope was that the usual crowds and long queues have disappeared for the night to more conventional romantic venues.

We arrived at 6:55pm with a small crowd brewing outside but fortunately for us each waiting couple went in quickly one after the other. Our wait in total was about 20 minutes but that’s because we requested an inside table. Inside Valentines has exploded in the restaurant with pink bows, love hearts and cute Valentine motifs. Ok a slight exaggeration but luckily Musashi didn’t descend to cheap and gawdy with the V-day decor!

We started off with nourishing bowls of
Miso Soup ($2) and a plate of Salmon Sashimi as an entrée ($8.80). It was the ultimate pleasure incarnate with its fresh, cool and slightly oily slices of fish heaven. I immediately regretted ordering a hot dish as a main and wished that I ordered a ridiculously giant platter of raw fish instead.


If there’s wagyu beef on the menu, Mr S. will demand it. Tonight it was the Teppanyaki hot plate of
Wagyu Beef Ginger ($17.80) which was served with griled onigiri (rice cake), potato mash and cooked bean sprouts. Unfortunately we found the wagyu beef to be slightly chewy and lacking the melt-in-your-mouth quality that wagyu is famed for. However the dark soy ginger sauce was
deliriously good. So much that I wish I had vats of it right now and a large straw.

After tossing up between cold slices of raw fish or hot food, I finally let the weather be the deciding factor and also ordered the Teppanyaki of Teriyaki Salmon ($16.80). It was a salmon orgy tonight as I was greeted by four fat wedges of salmon. It was slightly overcooked and needed to be drenched in Teriyaki sauce to have a burst of flavour. On my fourth piece I was all salmon-ed out. 


Mr S. also ordered his favourite
Okonomi-yaki ($10.80). An egg pancake/omelette cooked with vegetables and seafood pieces and slathered with his favourite Japanese mayonnaise (he can literally eat tubes of this stuff by itself). Though he loves this dish he could not stomach any more after devouring the wagyu. Indeed one should remember the amount of eggs in this dish that would quickly fill up anyone’s stomach! Best to treat this as a main and not as a side dish!


Oh and despite clutching my stomach after most of the dinner was consumed, I still craved more sashimi!

The Valentine dessert special was for sharing with that special someone. A Green Tea Brulee served with dollops of chocolate mousse, white chocolate mousse, strawberry ice cream and fresh oranges, kiwi fruits and strawberries.


Under the oh-so-gratifying toffee shell, is a layer of creamy green tea brulee with a surprise of azuki beans underneath. Oh but that toffee shell…it’s the most fun you can have with a spoon!



Just because it was the day of lurve, we also received two chocolate hearts and an
“omikuji” (御御籤, 御神籤, or おみくじ) – a “sacred lottery” or random fortune. In our case it was a $1 scratchie. 


I love crème brulee but am not a huge fan of green tea flavouring in desserts so I allowed Mr S.to gobble the rest. I loved the mousses and just adored the
strawberry ice cream, which reminded me of the frozen strawberry yoghurt that I use to love as a child in Perth!


A special mention must go to my Japanese Mocktail. The name of it escapes me but it was soda water with lychee syrup, watermelon syrup, lime wedges and fresh watermelon pieces and lychees. A drink with two of my favourite fruits? I must’ve accidentally gone to heaven. I’m still dreaming of that sweet lychee taste now!


I hate the queues but I still love
Musashi. It’s a cheaper option than its bigger sister restaurant Masuya and the food is just as fulfilling and wholesome and their sashimi just as fresh. $80 bought us two mains, a sashimi entrée, a giant Okonomi-yaki (which was filling on its own!), two drinks, a dessert for two and stomach pains from overeating. Great night!


Musashi will only take bookings up to 6pm so my advice on any given night (especially Friday and Saturdays!) is to skip lunch and dine early or hold out and eat after 9pm.

Next time it’s definitely going to be the huge sashimi platter. I learnt my lesson.

Oh and in case you were wondering, I won $2 in that Valentines scratchie. Yee ha!

Dining Bar Musashi
447 Pitt Street (Cnr of Pitt and Campbell Street)
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9280 0377

Lunch
Mon to Fri: 11:45-14:30 (Last Order)

Dinner
Mon to Sat: 17:30-22:00 (Last Order)
Sunday: 17:30-21:30 (Last Order)

Closed Saturday and Sunday lunch.

Booking Information
Due to extreme demand, they do not take bookings at “High Time”. Bookings are only available for following hours:

LUNCH: before 12:15
DINNER: before 18:00