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If you love award-winning contemporary Japanese, look no further than the iconic Saké Restuaruant and Bar at Eagle Street Pier. Welcoming back their Saké master, Shaun Presland, the menu is built on innovative flavour combinations that are sourced from the best, freshest and most seasonal ingredients. Pick your Japanese experience through a la carte, or leave your meal in the hands of the Saké chefs with a banquet menu.
Considering ourselves as one of the lucky ones, we traded cutlery for chopsticks and packed lunches at work for a dining experience at Saké. Starting off with something a little lighter but unbelievably tasteful was the tuna and kingfish Nori crisps. Sitting atop a nori-rice crisp is the diced fish combined with a beautiful sesame ponzu dressing and togarashi chili pepper.
Taking us into the bigger pond of fish dishes was the sweet Ocean barramundi from Cone Bay. Melting in your mouth and cooked to perfection, the barrumundi is strategically paired with umeboshi sauce and shiso, for an extra taste of flavour and fulfillment!
Now, if you’re a pork belly lover then you are going to fall head over heels for the Buta No Kakuni. The soft and flavoursome pork belly is steamed for 12 hours before being braised in a mixture of soy, traditional Japanese black sugar and dashi which reduces down to a thick, syrupy sauce. The pork is then topped with an onsen egg which offsets the sweetness!
For those who think they already know a brilliant tofu dish, think again. Agedashi Tofu is a creative dish that features tofu coated in blue seaweed for superb crunch, served with shimeji mushroom, ginger and dalkon sprout.
Adding another to the vegetarian favourites was Nasu Dengaku: bite-sized pieces of eggplant twice fried and doused with egg miso. Sweet from the beautiful and flavourful caramelisation, the Nasu dengaku is where ingredients and creativity meet. Next time you visit, you must also be sure to try the Ginger Garlic Chicken with shiitake, bamboo and golden ginger sauce, as well as the Teriyaki Lamb Chops with basil miso and rosemary dengaku miso.
Serving lunch and dinner, Saké can also cater to vegetarian, gluten free and ‘no raw’ Japanese food dining requests. To be amazed by a culinary adventure like no other, head to Saké Restaurant & Bar for all your Japanese cuisine cravings. In advance, we tofu so.