Hey Peachie readers! Sincere apologies for being absent – it’s been a hectic two weeks – been up to Sydney for the weekend plus last week of work! But I am now back and have time to publish more posts than the usual “one post per week.” Hopefully I’ll be able to cover everything I’ve visited during 2013 before the year ends, and start the new year with new places :) So let’s get started. Shizuku. I was invited to this place back in mid November by Director Edamame (Sofia of @Poppet’s Window & @wordsalad). The invite said 7pm, but somehow I ended up arriving at like… 5pm! Traffic seems to cause all these issues for me! But I guess it’s better to be early than late!
I stepped into a beautiful Japanese black walled restaurant with stylish silver light fittings and walked over to where Director Edamame was sitting. Once all the guest arrived, we were served bowls of edamame sprinkled with sea salt, whilst the kitchen staff prepared our meals. It was that night that I discovered Sofia’s love for edamame that I have now decided to call her Director Edamame ;) LOL
Next up, we were served these Oyster shots with sake. The rim of the sake shot glasses were dipped in salt salt, and the moment you down the oyster shots you get a instant kick of saltiness and the slightly sweet sake. I also found that the oyster shots warmed my stomach up a bit, which was good because it was rainy and cold that night!
Next up, we were served Tuna Tartare – Sashimi grade ground tuna in Shizuku dressing and served with deep fried gyoza skin. Anything Tuna Tartare makes me happy. Love dipping the crisp gyoza skin into the fresh tangy tuna tartare. Yum!
How amazing does this Takoyaki Senbei look? Takoyaki balls sandwiched in between ebi(prawn) crackers and drizzled with ume (prawn) sauce, kewpie mayo and bonito flakes! The Takoyaki were filled with tender pieces of octopus and together with the prawn crackers and mixture of the sweet ume and kewpie sauce made it absolutely scrumptious! It’s a bit difficult eating it, but nevertheless delicious :) a must try dish!
Next up was a plate of tender grilled rolled pork belly and drizzled with Cha Shu sauce. I believe it’s the same meat used in cha shu ramen.
I mean, seriously.. who doesn’t like popcorn chicken?! Shizuku’s popcorn chicken is oh-so very tantalising. Fried until golden brown and served with kewpie mayo on the side! It’s fingerlickin’ good!
Next up is two plates of pork mince & cabbage gyoza – one served with miso peanut chilli oil and leek whilst the other is served with siracha kewpie mayo and parsley flakes. It’s not spicy at all! :)
Next up was the Pork Belly mini burger slider served with cucumber, spring onion and bbq sauce. The tender, melt-in-the-mouth pork belly are sandwich in between two pieces of golden brioche buns – I swear I could devoured a whole mini burger slider myself! haha
One dish you must try at Shizuku would be there Ramen Burger – whether it’s for the experience of eating a ramen burger in your life time or for tastiness of the ramen burger.. you just have to try it.
Inside a piece of baking paper, was a beautifully cooked ramen burger. Rather than bread patties, the candied pork belly (YES! candied pork belly), it’s sandwiched with crispy egg noodles and served with ginger and lettuce. There’s also a vegetarian alternative which is miso glazed eggplant rather than the candied pork belly.
I was pretty full at this stage, but the food just kept coming :( The next part, we were able to choose our “mains” – Rice or Ramen. I had a hard choice choosing, but in the end I went for the Tuna Negi Toro.
I took a taste of the tuna but found the texture to be a bit weird on my taste buds, but after mixing it together with the wasabi, shredded seaweed and rice it tasted a lot better, but still the texture of the tuna was weird for me :(
They also bought out a plate of Japanese styled fried rice….I ended up tasting a spoonful and that’s about it. I can’t even remember how it tastes like because I was so full!
I’m pretty sure you’re all feeling really full from all those food photos, but at the same time, I have a feeling that if you haven’t eaten your meal for the day, you maybe cursing me for all the food photos and making you hungry hahaha.
Anyway, like I say to many of my friends – there’s always a second stomach for dessert – regardless of how full you are. For dessert Shizuku served us an espresso pudding / sweet almond tofu. As I’m not a fan of artificial almond desserts, I went for the espresso pudding. It was so smooth in texture and you can definitely taste the coffee. Definitely a dessert recommended for coffee lovers :)
Overall, if you’re a lover of Japanese food (Which I am) and love modern concepts, then Shizuku is definitely a restaurant to try. Shizuku are innovative with their food – watch out! as they are coming up with a ramen inspired dessert! :)
Disclaimer: Peach was invited by Word Salad & Shizuku to sample their menu. All opinions and views on www.peach-water.com are honest and purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the service, food and quality at the time of visit