The menu is cleverly divided into small bowls, large bowls, plates and boards. This is handy, so you can decide on what to order based on how hungry you are. Sharing is recommended, so order according to the number of people that are dining. Order a selection from each menu category so you get a broad flavour experience. The deliciously spicy kimchi pickle is a great accompaniment to all the menu items and adds a spicy, sour kick to both the soups and the dim sum. If crunchy, deep-fried nibbles are what you crave, then the crispy rice cubes are a must-try. The texture of the sticky rice with its crunchy exterior dipped in a soy dressing is a flavour sensation.
The bao buns are very popular. Served as a singular bun in a small steamer basket while piping hot, the bao buns have fillings like sticky pork, shredded duck or deep-fried battered oyster. The pork, with thick udon noodles served in a deep meaty broth and topped with a soft egg, is packed full of strong umami flavour.
Because food is prepared to order, menu items come as they are ready so that they are eaten at their best. The modern Japanese theme is carried through to the desserts, which are all based on popular Asian desserts using interesting flavours such as miso and tonka bean.
The selection of Japanese inspired cocktails combines interesting spices and flavours with base spirits and juices. There is also an extensive wine list on offer, along with a small selection of craft beers and ciders. The vast whiskey selection includes a special Japanese whiskey as well.
Service is attentive, with the staff ready and willing to explain each menu item in detail as well as clarify on portion sizes and how much of one item you should order.
Although the food may be Japanese, the restaurant décor is modern French, with low-hanging chandeliers and velvet upholstered chairs. An adorable French poodle statue guards the bottom of the stairs and watches you while you dine. The wall is lined with small trinkets, amongst them a Chinese good fortune cat.
The tipsy caramel popcorn is the perfect-after dinner nibble to enjoy with coffee or a night cap.
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