Kansai – Sydney CBD (All you can eat!)

All-you-can-eat sushi is my best, best friend. I can smell the skeptical you from miles away, pouting a cat’s bottom in disapproval just because I went for all-you-can-eat cheapskate deal which the quality of the food are usually below par. It’s true, I don’t deny that. Usually I probably won’t go for A-Y-C-E deal that is full of raw uncooked fish for health safety reasons, but after reading what the others have to say about Kansai $28 all-you-can-eat plus the seafood do look decent and fresh from their posts, I am confident enough to give it a try and invited Helen and John along to join in for a good stomach work out. Despite they have a signboard prominently displayed on Hunter Street and also an escalator that leads straight to the restaurant hidden on the lower ground in Hunter Connection, Kansai is one of those places that you probably would have walked past a thousand times and still never know its existence. As I am waiting for others to arrive, I noticed a few pedestrians stop and have a look at the A-Y-C-E menu, but none of them are convinced and keep on moving. Helen and I are stupidly waiting outside the restaurant for John and getting anxious as there is a constant flow of customers into the restaurant but little did we know that he was exceptionally early and already sitting inside the restaurant half way through a bottle of white. For $28 per person, you can order as much as you like from the laminated pictorial menu, or you can upgrade to $38 which includes hotpot...

Masuya Japanese Seafood Restaurant 鱒屋 – O'Connell Street, Sydney CBD, NSW

The Ootoro has sold out, we’ve been told. ” class=”size-medium wp-image-9017″ src=”http://www.atablefortwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/masuya9-214×300.jpg” alt=””> After hearing Richard raving about the fatty tuna ootoro at Masuya Japanese Seafood Restaurant, it is the only one dish that I am really looking forward to experience. To my dismay, we are informed by the waitress that it has been sold out for this evening, sadness. But like an old Chinese saying, “there are still plenty more fish in the ocean” – indeed, the extensive list of fresh seafood on the menu can easily keep us happy and our little disappointment on missing out of the Ootoro are soon forgotten. Masuya is the top end Japanese sushi and seafood restaurant of the Masuya Group, claims to offer the freshest catch of the day straight from the Fish Market. It is only a few doors down from Bavarian Bier Cafe on O’Connell Street, can be easily missed if not paying attention. This establishment caught my attention the very first time when I was walking past it many moons ago and saw a few Japanese salarymen emerged from a dimly lit room underground, my initial impression was that it must be a dodgy gentlemen’s club. Tonight, I am joining the girls for dinner, who are regulars to Masuya, especially Ellie who claims to visit this restaurant at least once a week. Here’s the proof. I follow them through the striking vermilion red door and down a fleet of stairs, the gentlemen’s club is no where to be found, but instead a brightly lit dining room which is absolutely bustling with customers. I’ve been told usually is not...

KOKO – Crown Towers, Melbourne

“Billy, come. I’ve told the waitress you are a foodblogger and she is going to show you around and take pictures,” Mr V.I.P insisted again after giving me a full tour of Crystal Club on 29th floor earlier on. But this time, we will be having our little tour inside KOKO, one of Melbourne’s premier Japanese restaurant located at Crown Towers. The Melbourne skyline is reflected in the tranquil water garden, takes pride of place in the centre of the restaurant. With all the A la carte tables around in the main hall, we follow the waitress along the path of pebbles and stepping stones, to check out some of the private tatami and teppanyaki rooms overlooking the Yarra river. There are 7 of us taking over a table right in front of the water garden. Soon the massive menu are handed over to everyone. “Psst, we have a voucher of $470 from Crown to spend, so order whatever you like,” Mr V.I.P. reassures everyone the meal is all covered. Instantly I know I am in for a treat! A single order of Chawan Mushi arrives first at the table, it belongs to Ah J who sits next to me. The egg custard is beautifully presented with a huge shiitake mushroom, snowpea, prawn, scallop and ginko nut on top. J assures me the custard is silky smooth and tasty, I can see why he isn’t sharing it. The Wasabi ise ebi arrives soon after in a striking china blue porcelain plate with a fresh salad on the side. The nicely fried crunchy tempura baby lobster tail are drizzled with...