Catching up with Elz and Chris is always fun. We decided that we were going to go to Chat Thai. I rang to make a booking but the first available was for 9pm. I remember a restaurant that Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella went to called Azuma Kushiyaki. I remember this post well because she saw Tetsuya there. So I rang them and asked if they had a booking available for 6pm that night. The girl on the phone was very helpful and I instantly got a good feeling about this place.
We walked in to a group of waitresses with smiles on their faces. They immediately showed us to our table. Chris, who normally does the ordering for us went straight for the menu.
Free range spatchcock platter (grilled thigh, breast fillet, mini drumsticks and karaage deep fried wings $16.80). The grilled thigh was my favourite. It was seasoned with soy and butter. Simple but delicious.
Wagyu Karamiso $15.00. This was described as spicy but it was just right for me. It was full of flavour. The beef pieces in the soup were soft and it also had a few quail eggs which are one of my favourites.
Soft shell crab tempura $15.00. We were very lucky, the crab was pretty big and it was so sweet.
Seared Tuna salad served with ponzu vinaigrette $15.00. This is one of Azuma's signature dished. It was featured on Food Safari.
Beef carpaccio $25.00. I don't really like raw beef, but I tried it. It was ok. Chris and Elz liked it.
Azuma Kushiyaki is a gem. If you want to try food that you would normally find in Izakaya's in Japan this is the place to go. They have small dishes as well as the traditional Japanese fair. The prices are reasonable and the service is excellent.