Saturday, February 26, 2011
Takumi - Japanese Yakiniku
We ordered the $75 set menu per person, and a minium of 2 set is required. I will go through what is included in the set individually. So before anything comes out they provide you with the sauces. I guess this is the difference between Japan Yakiniku and Korean BBQ, the sauces are a bit different. From left to right, they are ponzu, yakiniku no tare (BBQ sauce for yakiniku) & this salt and oil sauce that is divine with the ox tongue. We then were started off with edamame and kimchi which are snacks for drinks, so Mr Syu was already enjoying himself alot before the food even came out.
We began our meal with the restuarant signature dish - Takumi's Special (Wagyu Tataki) & Salmon Carpaccio. The salmon sashimi was dressed with japanese mayo and their own mustardy wafu dressing. I'm not sure what's it in but it was a very good combination with the salad in the middle. As for the Takumi's Special, the beef quality for superb. Mr Syu has been telling me how good Wagyu tasted when it is the 'proper' wagyu and we have tasted wagyu here and there maybe not the premium grade ones but all this time I have never been able to distinguish the taste between wagyu and other beef. But when I tried this tataki, there it was I finally know the meaning of "wagyu" and man it was good. Soft and tender with this after taste I wasn't able to distinguish before. I have to say the radish on the tataki was a bit over powering so I scraped a bit off to not overpower the meat.
After their signature dish, the yakiniku slowly came out, there was Jo - Karubi (Premium Rib Eye Cap - David - Blackmore marble score 9+), Jo Rosu (Premium Porterhouse), Jo Tan ( Premium Ox Tongue), Vegetable Plate (Pumkin, Mushroom & Eggplant), Abalone & Scallop accompanied by rice and miso soup. Everything was of high quality, you pay the price you get the enjoyment. All the beef was tender, juicy and melts in your mouth. My favourite was the Ox tongue and the Karubi . The Abalone was really fresh it was placed on the hot mesh foiled up for 5 minutes and then we ate it without any sauce and you can taste it natural sweetness. Similarily the scallops was quite big and was very fresh as well. The pictures below are one serving, except for the veges.
The meal was finished off with the desserts, a choice of ice cream (Green Tea, Black Sesame or Red Bean) with a pudding. I ordered the Green Tea icecream and it came with a black sesame pudding. The green tea ice-cream was very rich in favour and creamy. It finished off the meal very well.
The quantity might not seem very generous, but by the end of the meal we were both very full and no doubtly we will return to this place. When you experience such high quality, you are willing to pay the higher price. Hopefully next time when we have visitors we can take them there and really experience what yakiniku really is.
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