After we discovered Blancharu for my birthday, we decided to explore what else, Elizabeth Bay had to offer. That’s how we randomly discovered a hidden gem (hidden to us, as it was packed on a week day night!)… Our Japanese neighbourhood restaurant Kujin!
We got Edamame beans AUD 5.5 to start and these were great. These are proper edamame (cooked in salted water) and not tasteless edamame with salt on. Good nibbles as we sip the usual Plum Wine or Umeshu AUD 6. Mine is with sparkling water, Monsieur has his on the rocks.
The Wagyu Beef Tataki AUD 16 comes first and there’s only 5 thin slices (though large) and the seasoning is good, we realize that along with the usual soy sauce there actually is a good dash of olive oil. It’s full of flavour and the meat is of slightly higher quality versus that of Jazushi.
The vegetable gyoza AUD 14 come next, they’re pipping hot and good but quite standard. Monsieur is hooked on them, though he much prefers, that of Ton Ton ramen (unbeaten so far).
My favourite dish for tonight is the beef yakiniku AUD 20, it’s everything I look for in a japanese dish. Sweet and savoury, tender beef that melts in your mouth. Definitely recommend that one!!
By then Monsieur and I are not so full (should have ordered some rice not to leave sauce on our plates!) so we order 2 desserts. One is unusual, a red bean mochi fried spring roll with green tea ice cream AUD 10 and turns out surprisingly good (Monsieur was skeptic on that one though!)
It’s crispy, chewy, hot and cold at the same time! The chocolate mousse AUD 5 is also quite nice, though there’s nothing very Japanese about it! The only downside is the fact it is served in a “noisy” cup so when you this prevents us from getting every single bit of chocolate mousse!
The Kitchen is fairly busy. We couldn’t spot it from where we were but it’s an open kitchen, so I reckon it would be nice if next time, we get to sit there and see what else we can order!!
Our bill comes down to AUD 87, which matches with Surry Hill’s Jazushi, though we’re happy we do not have to walk that long walk back home today!
We think the price is actually quite fair and will happily return to Kujin. When we do get the restaurant card, we realize that Busshari (on Macleay) is part of Kujin (or they’re associated?) We will definitely try that one too!