OH HAI! I’m just you know, chilling with a cigar 😛 Good news Westies, there’s a new Japanese restaurant in town! Sabu(321 Church St, Parramatta) is snuggled in the middle of all the pizza and pasta restaurants and is a welcome addition to those needing a Japanese hit that is more than just sushi or teppanyaki.
The boy and I start with the signature Sabu Cigars with Bloody Mary Shot ($18)- minced tuna rolled in a crispy pastry shell with avocado on one en, tobiko at the other and held together with a band of seaweed. The ‘ash’ was an awesome sesame powder which pretty much blew my mind and I would’ve loved this if it was in some kind of dessert! Or just give me a bowl of the stuff and I’d be a happy camper. Hiding under the ash was a spicy mayonnaise and to wash it all down came shots of Bloody Mary’s made with sake instead of vodka.
We chose the Snapper Carpaccio with cucumber and ponzu ($16) over the Kingfish Carpaccio with char garlic dressing mainly because Noods has this thing for anything with ponzu. While the snapper was beautifully fresh I wished there was a bit more ponzu in the sauce, we love ponzu and want it to smack us in the face with its zingyness.
We debated over ordering the Sashimi Platter ($39) but settled on the Beef Kushiyaki ($18) because I knew I wanted to save room for dessert. The amount of beef on the skewers was pretty generous, each piece was plump and tender but it was the pile of ridiculously addictive potato fries that has us wishing for more!
I love miso cod, it’s my weakness whenever i see it on a menu so of course I had to order the Marinated Miso Cod ($36) which was fricken delicious tho would’ve liked more of it haha there was also cubes of silky tofu with curls of fresh coconut which was bloody awesome.
I cringed at the price of the desserts but our waitress convinced us it would be worth it so I chose the Snow ($16) which was a yuzu parfait layered with pistachio ice cream, topped with pine foam and nestled with pistachio and matcha crumbs. Absolutely beautiful presentation, pistachio + matcha is always a winning flavour combo!
Sabu is definitely a welcome addition to the neighbourhood! While prices border on the exxy side, the lovely service and food means we’ll return for that sashimi platter soon!