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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Toriciya @ Cammeray

Toriciya, Cammeray

 



 
When most Sydney-sider go out and think Japanese food you might head the the main strip and find a popular japanese place or sushi train.
Well you have all been fooled to think that was the best Japanese you have had. Hidden aways in the suburb of Cammeray near Neutral Bay off Military Road is a little Gem and if you blink you will drive pass it.

Known the many locals and ofcos and the Japanese community, Toriciya have been serving up very authentic Japanese food accompanies with a excellent selection of Sake. The food is fresh tasty...
The outer appearance of Toriciya has a more western Spanish villa feel to it , with decors of Saka bottles.

The small entrance door is a very traditional Japanese slide door and once you enter its like being transformed to the back street of Japan where after work all the workers gather to have Izakaya ( snacks and small portioned dishes) and drinks. Izakaya is like a national pass time with Japanese and as a tourist you might have missed the small back streets in Japan which are lined with Izakaya restaurants. I guess keeping with that style Toriciya is also pretty off beat.

Once you get into the restaurant, its very cosy and alot of times keeping with Izakaya style , you might have to share a table with your fellow eaters. So if you are planning to go, book early or you might have to stand outside waiting.
There is only 6 two people tables and the sushi bar which fits four.


I personally have been dying to go try this place and never quite got around to it. The main attraction of this place is not only the Izakaya style food and sushi its also the Sake.

You can purchase from the wide range of Sake by the bottle and if you don't finish it, Dont worry , they will store the bottle at the restaurant for you with you name tag on it. Kind of like those cigar bars where you have a locker to keep them in :p.

 I wanted to try everything on the menu but clearly its not possible so , I went for the sushi degustation with additional order of Oysters , Slow braised ox tongue and extra two skewers of Yakitori.
Didn;t think i was aiming to high and totally though that it was possible to eat it all. Boy was i wrong .
I was so full but i still persisted to finish everything as it was so nice..


 Hand made fish cakes with wasabi flower side dish:

This was definalty not like the usual fish cake you get in a than place. It was tastier no need to add spice to it , just a bit of Soy and it was awesome... yummm...

The wasabi flowers were interesting, initially i was looking at it thinking looks like Choy Sum . It taste like Choy Sum , but it will have the wasabi effect, it definitely cleared out the nasal passages







Fresh bake oysters  :


You don't see it done like this all the time. I was lucky to have been sitting at the sushi bar so i got to see the chef cook the whole time.
It really show how well they pick their seafood as they added nothing to the Oysters and just pop them over the flames and grilled/bakes them off then served them up whole shell.

I felt like a little kid opening a present sneaking a peek at how big the oyster was actually inside and trying my best to open it up with out it flying off the dish :o) .i am very accident pron









Tempura :

Um.. not much can be said it was just a good tempura 
Most Japanese places do this well so i guess i wasn't over excited about it ..
The seafood was fresh ...




Slow Braised Ox Tongue in Miso :







Yakitori - Chicken Skin , Liver and Meatballs

The house specialty is the Yakitori, they where really good and watching the cheft making it and being infront of me ready to eat was very exciting .






The main part of the sushi degustation  ~~ the Sushi....

They have a extensive range of sushi so i might not go through all of them.
The hero for me was the taro and the salmon it was sooo fresh .
Around half way through the sushi mains i need to have a time out with tea and just ask the chef to stop making the sushi for a little while.

Basically this part of the degustation is like when you go to a traditional Japanese sushi bar ( i am not talking about sushi train where its pre-made). To ensure freshness the chefs make each sushi as you eat to ensure that the fish is in perfect condition for eating.
So you basically eat one and they made a new. I personally love these kinda of sushi bars.

The sushi making by the chef was impressive , the portion of the rice was perfect bite size unlike other restaurants. The portion of sashimi and rice is PERFECTION, the only other time i had the great balance is only when i was eating in Japan.

If you are ordering just be warn that the chef don;t really speak english well, so he might start talking one word in English and start explaining the rest in Japanese. So don't be so shocked just smile and node if you don't get it.

 








 The Dessert - Green tea ice cream

The Bentley - Sydney - 2012 Summer Menu

The Bentley - Sydney - 2012 Summer Menu


I recently went to Bentley to celebrate my birthday with my friends. I was extremely excited to try the tasting menu as I had missed the chance the last time.

Yes, who would of through you can miss the chance to try it when you were there... long story short, my friend and i was both running late for the reservation. Mind you i was already 30 mins late but my friend rocked up 1.5 hrs late so we where told tasting menu was out of the question as they were fully booked we gotta give the table up.

Well , this time around my friends and i was 30 mins early :)
 For those who haven;t been to Bentley or you are looking to visit, its a very cosy restaurant which has great fusion french food ,elegant presentation of dishes as edible art to the combination of flavors and textures.
It is great just to go there to the bar for a drink and catch up with friends.



The Bentley

TASTING MENU
MUD CRAB with Sweetcorn, Ham & Prawn

Traditionally you would not think of ordering a crab and only seeing this lovely artistic work of art, BUT .. It defiantly is a small deceiving package.
The crab is cooked to perfection and creamy with the sweetcorn really bring out the seafood of the dish. Yum.........




KING FISH with Roe, Juniper & Baked Potato Broth

The king fish is of course cooked to perfection  which from looking at the dish you would not have thought. Simple but very tasty, the best part as the mouse on the side which i have yet to figure out what it is...



JAMON POACHED TUNA with Khol Rabi, Squid Ink & Black Sausage Crumbs

all i can say is ... its a must try ..

BALMAIN BUG with Lamb Sweetbread, Black Bean & Coconut Curd

I am usually not a fan for Balmian bugs , not due to the fact that they are not a wonderful seafood but everywhere i have been seem to over cook the Balmain bugs which makes it tough and chewy. its like eating a piece of gummy which is not quite tasteful.

Bentley has definitely cooked it to perfection , it was awesome with the combinations of the black bean and coconut curd it was definitely unforgeable. Who would have though Black bean would taste good in a westerner dish. I personally have also associated the black beans to Asian dishes and was not too sure on the favor combination  but it works like a charm on the plate
  


PORK CHEEK with Fennel, Black Garlic & Calamari

What more can i say  to this soft pork cheek bone...
it was so good that i cut it with a butter knife and it just melted.



 FILLET OF BLACK ANGUS BEEF with Jerusalem Artichoke, Rosa Radish and Burdock



 BLOOD PEACH with Sesame Meringue, Nougat & Apricot Sorbet

The Sesame Meringue and Apricot Sorbet was the hero of this dish and was a perfect dessert to finish dinner with on a lovely summer night. It was not to heavy and the combination of the taste and textures where very enjoyable.







 Coffee time

Although Bentley is a eatery and bar , they make a fine coffee for any coffee lover.
I think those who love their coffee would also share my horror when you order a coffee before work and its burnt and bitter leaving a horrible after taste. All you can do it add sugar and hope to god that tomorrow is a better day for the bloody barista, or the coffee fairy pay them a visit.

Lucky for all us coffee drinker , I would like to let you know that every time i have to Bentley for coffee it has never failed me, the coffee is always smooth and creamy and all you taste is the lovely coffee aroma .
So if you are looking to catch up with friends for a coffee Bentley is a good place to hang up and catch up.

Lucky for me ... the Managers of Bentley also gave us complementary honeycombs  <3

The honeycomb was very rich and for such a small parcel really pack a punch , with the sea salt on top, Yes, i said sea salt ...it really create a very dreamy combination to enhance the favors of the rich smooth chocolate and honeycomb





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