Yuka, the owner of Zakka Box in Mt Lawley told me about this new restaurant open about 2 months ago in Northbridge! Without any hesitation, I booked straight away and had a yummilicious night!
I have been to this place (the shop) quite a number of times but they were all owned by different owners.
The very first time I've been to this shop is call Ks Japanese Fusion Restaurant. The food were quite good then eventually went a bit downhill after that. Then a sushi bar opened last year, Ayami Japanese Restaurant. It was great and good quality sushi! I was shocked that the restaurant have closed down! Probably it's the choices of food and that area. It's kinda tucked away from the busy road.
Now the shop has become Izakaya Sakura!
Izakaya is a type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks. The food is usually more substantial than that offered in other types of drinking establishments in Japan such as bars or `snack bars`. They are popular, casual and relatively cheap places for after-work drinking.
This is what we need in Northbridge!!! A Izakaya! From what I can remember, there weren't many Japanese restaurant around in Northbridge that offer a wide variety of food and with a reasonable price.
There's Arigataya that specialised in Ramen, Bonsai which I think it's kinda overpriced. Although in the post I mentioned that I will go back, but I never did hahaha ops!! and Tansawa Tei which I had dinner a couple of times before but haven't been back since last year I think? The menu just didn't attract me. :P
Anyway, now.. What did we have for our dinner.. :D
I went there with Joe and Frances, so each of us order 2-3 dishes to share! Which is good! I get to try all sorts of dishes!
Green Tea to share~
Hotaruika okizuke - salted raw firefly squid
I ordered this because it sounds so interesting :D I did a lil research and found this info.
Hotaruika is a deep-sea squid with a short life, females come to Toyama bay after one year to lay their eggs in spring, then they die. They are about 6 cm long and the weight is 8 g. They emit a bluish light that can flash in the dark sea.
Firefly Squid marinated in soya sauce (maybe) serves with Okizuke sauce.
Tasted like raw oyster but bloodier. Very chewy too. Very interesting dish and I liked it!
Karaage - Deep fried Japanese crispy chicken
Best Karaage! Well fried! Very juicy and crispy on the outside. Gotto have this!
Buta no kakuni - Braised pork belly sweet and tender
Looks really delicate isn't it? Well presented and meat were soft.
Mentai mochi cheese - Grilled rice cake with cheese and seasoned cod roe
We have never tried cooked mochi with cheese before! Interesting combo! Soft and chewy texture from the mochi goes well cheese! I would never imagine this combo can go well!
Soft Shell crab karaage - Deep fried soft shell crab with vinegar sauce
Nice lightly fried soft shell crab. The vinegar sauce goes very well too.
Ochazuke - Rice and Seasoned cod roe in fish stock soup and green tea.
Frances love this so much she repeated 3 times. This should be a good bowl of rice then haha
Hokke Yaki- Grilled cut open and dried atka mackerel
Joe loved this dish and he said the fish cooked perfectly. We agree! :D
Agedashi Tofu - Deep Fried Tofu with fish stock soup
Beef Teriyaki Bento - Grilled sliced beef with teriyaki sauce
Nice Bento but a bit overpriced? Nice tasting bento and I prefer sliced meat rather than slightly mince texture.
Taiyaki - Japanese pancake filled with red bean paste with vanilla ice cream
We love the Vanilla Ice cream! Very nice ice cream! Not sure if it's homemade but definitely doesn't taste like store bought! As for the pancake, I would love it slightly warmer though..
Overall, would recommend this place to a thousand people :D because it is casual, lots of different kind of food to try, reasonable price and it's in Northbridge (everybody knows Northbridge right~!?) haha
182 James St, Northbirdge
Ph 9328 2525
Lunch and dinner