My lovely night with the JFC team and Hakutsuru Sake Company. My Sake Companion Miss Haru Takase saying goodbye to Australia . We gather one last time in company of great traditional Japanese foods and great selection of Sake "James Parker". At first I had no idea why was this Japanese Restaurant was called James Parker? Well to those who don't know it actually symbolises two street names which is where the restaurant is located corner of James and Parker st. "Genius" James Parker would have to the most sort after restaurants for authentic, fine dining Japanese. As soon as you open the doors, you are taken back by that magnificent setting design which is the showstopper for every guest when you visit. Our menu was a good spread to satisfy our hunger.
From menu was: Wagyu Beef tataki lotus chips Sashimi assorted Fresh Tuna Aburi Karaage with ponzu grilled spicy mentaiko Crispy Yam Dessert: Matcha Parfait Japanese Cheesecake and Yuzu sorbet Daifuku with matcha Fondue and mochi.
Where to start describing ? Everything was simple delicious Lotus chips- still the best in Perth - crispy and thin all the way through the last chip Crispy Yam- Texture cripsy on the outside with a perfect crunch inside yam mash but didn't have that heavy taste of yam it is actually quite similar to potato. Fresh Tuna Aburi- Tuna perfectly cut and slices just melts in your mouth when enjoyed with sake or beer. Sashimi Assorted - really can't go wrong with the complete freshness that melts in the mouth . Wagyu beef Tataki - Tender with tasty dressing to enjoy in one mouthful. Crispy Spicy Mentaiko- crispy and salty good with beer or sake. Desserts: Japanese cheesecake with yuzu sorbet- Cheesecake was soft and creamy on the palate make sure you get your spoon right at the bottom to not miss out the biscuit base hiding underneath. Yuzu sorbet was like a refreshing zing to balance out the richness from the cheesecake. Matcha fondue with daifuku icecream and mochi - If you don't really like the heavy matcha taste of green tea then matcha fondue would be perfect for you. Its a delicious balance of chocolate and matcha( bitter and sweet) what more can you ask for? dip the lovely sponge cake in the fondue or the daifuku and enjoy the beautiful sweet harmony. Matcha Parfait: Yum the parfait was creamy but not rich and not too sweet because of matcha with some azuki red beans to give some beany sweetness and some lovely crunch.
Hakutsuru Sho-Une Junmai Daiginjo A beautiful Premium sake to enjoy throughout the night. Comes in perfectly smooth as a daiginjo should, with richness come afterwards to cleanse the palate leaving a dry tail. Polishing ratio is 50% , using the kind of rice Yamandanishki. Has good depth of flavour. It was served cold at night it gave a lovely refreshing inside the palate leaving your wanting more.