Who doesn’t love the sound of sizzling meat at your table? I know some might think that it’s a bit silly to go to a restaurant to cook your own food but for me, there is some novelty in being given a plate of raw meat and a hot rock for you to cook it on.
Tonight we’re at Kabuki Shoroku, a little Japanese restaurant hidden away on Clarence St behind the QVB. If a friend hadn’t recommended it, I probably wouldn’t have even know it existed. Even finding the entrance to the restaurant proves a little difficult, but soon we’re seated in the restaurant which has a tranquil and relaxed feel, and is a stark contrast to the busy city streets.
The menu is quite extensive so it takes a while for us to decide what to eat. We begin with a seaweed salad which is a variety of seaweeds tossed together with a green salad mix, and flavoured lightly with a citrus salad dressing. Watching the sushi chefs behind the counter compels us to also order the sushi and sashimi combination which is an impressive spread of cooked salmon rolls, assorted nigiri and fresh sashimi.
The eel sushi arrives in little rectangles. The eel is marinated in a sweet soy sauce and barbecued before being placed atop some vinegared rice. It has a sweet, smoky flavour which goes well with the rice.
I can’t go past fish marinated in Saikyo (white) miso so the grilled toothfish is ordered. The fish is cooked to perfection and flakes away easily, and is sweetly flavoured with the miso.
The scampi grill comes with 3 different flavoured scampi – garlic and anchovy, miso and curry. The scampi have a sweet but subtle flavour, and I’m pleasantly surprised to find that this flavour is is accented rather than smothered by the additional flavourings.
Check out the marbling baby! The wagyu beef slices are marbled with fat and sitting in a light soy marinade.
The waitress brings us a very hot stone and we place the beef on it. The sound of the beef sizzling on the rock is music to my ears. It’s only a short time before the meat is done and it’s tender, juicy and absolutely delicious. We fight over the last few pieces of beef and before we know it, it’s all gone.
202 Clarence St
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: +61 2 9267 4552
Lunch: Monday to Friday, noon – 2.30pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 6pm – 9.30pm
Dinner: Public Holidays, 6pm – 9pm