Crane bar and restaurant in Kings Cross :)

[adsensea]Monsieur and I got ourselves a 10 course degustation from Groupon for Crane bar and restaurant, a Japanese restaurant… and it was value for money! Well executed dishes with very delicate flavour left us craving for more!

Crane bar and restaurant
Crane bar and restaurant

We paid 69 dollars for two, and the deal included a glass of wine and a cocktail each… Extremely great value!

Crane bar and restaurant - delicious sake cocktail
Crane bar and restaurant – delicious sake cocktail

1. Scallops Ponzu – scallops with yuzu Ponzu

Crane bar and restaurant #1 - Ponzu scallops sashimi
Crane bar and restaurant #1 – Ponzu scallops sashimi

I’m a Japanese fanatic. I love everything about Japanese food. Astonishingly, I had never had raw scallop before… until today. Now, I’m completely crazy about it! The scallop was melting in my mouth. It had an incredible softness. Probably the best raw food I’ve ever had.

2. Sashimi New Style – seared sashimi with tosazu jelly

Crane Bar and Restaurant #2 - Sashimi New Style - seared sashimi with tosazu jelly
Crane Bar and Restaurant #2 – Sashimi New Style – seared sashimi with tosazu jelly

Yum sashimi, the fish was carefully seared.

3. Kangaroo Tataki – thinly sliced seared kangaroo on pita bread

Crane Bar and Restaurant #3 Kangaroo Tataki - thinly sliced seared kangaroo on pita bread
Crane Bar and Restaurant #3 Kangaroo Tataki – thinly sliced seared kangaroo on pita bread

I’m not a huge Kangaroo fan, as I find the meat to be overpowering in taste… That said, I could not tell it was kangaroo… which to me… was actually a good sign!

4. Prawn Cigar – spicy prawn in crisp wonton wrappers

Crane Bar and Restaurant #4 - Prawn Cigar, spicy prawn in crisp wonton wrappersCrane Bar and Restaurant #2 - Sashimi New Style - seared sashimi with tosazu jelly
Crane Bar and Restaurant #4 – Prawn Cigar, spicy prawn in crisp wonton wrappersCrane Bar and Restaurant #2 – Sashimi New Style – seared sashimi with tosazu jelly

This dish was pleasant but without an oompf factor. Could have done it at home.

5. Seafood Salad – seafood ceviche salad… replaced by Kaarage Chicken  (!)

Crane Bar and Restaurant #5 - Karaage Chicken
Crane Bar and Restaurant #5 – Karaage Chicken

Not sure what happened in the kitchen, but we did not get the seafood ceviche advertised by Groupon. Instead, we were given Karaage Chicken. Though the fried chicken was tasty, it did not particularly showcase much skills to me. Wouldn’t do this one at home for smell purpose, but like the wonton wrappers, this is something one could easily do at home or find at a cheaper price some place else.

6. Moreton Bay Bug – served with miso emulsion sauce

Crane Bar and Restaurant #6 - Moreton Bay Bug with miso emulsion sauce
Crane Bar and Restaurant #6 – Moreton Bay Bug with miso emulsion sauce

The Moreton Bay Bug is the go to dish, it is simply stunning and the taste was spot on. I did not want to swallow it as it was too good!

7. Duck – truffle honey duck with citrus salad

Crane Bar and Restaurant #7 - Duck, truffle honey duck with citrus salad
Crane Bar and Restaurant #7 – Duck, truffle honey duck with citrus salad

The duck is stunning, there’s that touch of sweetness brought by honey, and the orange reminds me of the good old classic canard à l’orange… Mh… I miss home!

8. Ocean Trout – oven grilled ocean trout with sweet miso

Crane Bar and Restaurant #8 Ocean Trout - oven grilled ocean trout with sweet miso
Crane Bar and Restaurant #8 Ocean Trout – oven grilled ocean trout with sweet miso

The oven grilled trout en papillote looked much better wrapped than unwrapped. I love miso fish, have attempted to cook some back home and attempts were actually quite successful… It’s all about the marinade and the patience. Does take time for the fish to soak in that goodness (miso + mirin + olive oil). I’ll try and post that recipe on to the website soon!

9. Fire Crunch Roll – spicy tuna, cucumber, mayo with spicy tobiko and tempura crunch

Crane Bar and Restaurant #9 Fire Crunch Roll - spicy tuna, cucumber, mayo with spicy tobiko and tempura crunch
Crane Bar and Restaurant #9 Fire Crunch Roll – spicy tuna, cucumber, mayo with spicy tobiko and tempura crunch

The Fire Crunch Roll is nowhere near the spiciness I had imagined. It’s nice and crunchy on top, but the spiciness is a low key one… And that’s actually a relief for Monsieur’s palate, for he cannot accomodate too much of spiciness!

10. Dessert – chef-made chocolate pot, replaced by pieces of brownies and vanilla ice cream

Crane Bar and Restaurant #10 - Brownies and Vanilla ice cream
Crane Bar and Restaurant #10 – Brownies and Vanilla ice cream

The dessert doesn’t look Japanese… and nor does it taste Japanese at all. They could have added some sake jelly for a twist, or put some green tea ice cream as opposed to the Vanilla one! Nice brownies, but a bit of a let down considering some amazing dishes we have had on the night!

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6 thoughts on “Crane bar and restaurant in Kings Cross :)”

  1. Madameoiselle,

    Top camera work and fair and balanced review. We dined at Crane last night on a voucher bought by my better half – it was $69 for 2 (not 1) and was pretty much the same dishes. Interestingly, the degustation is not offered as a menu choice, and presumably (or at least hopefully!) the full priced items would be served in vastly larger portion sizes.

    I agree that the majority of dishes were very tasty and well presented – less impressed with the bug (and barely a mouthful) but more so with the duck. Again, the trout, although tasty, was a laughably small portion for 1, let alone 2. The whole ‘event’ took about an hour, and for the first time ever, my partner – despite being a somewhat tiny thing – insisted she was still hungry. So much so she made me order a gourmet family size pizza literally as we walked out of the restuarant to pick up on the way home.

    I realise this was a ‘deal’, but as a marketing tool it is surely doing more harm than good? Had it have been advertised as a series of tasting plates (with a less inflated ‘normal price’) the taste left in the mouth would have been a little less sour.

    1. Hi Rex!
      You’re absolutely right, it was a 69 degustation menu for 2, not 1! I’m always, always very hungry, but for some reason, on that night, the degustation menu – though unusually light compared with menus I’m used to – was enough for me. I think this is due to the fact the service took much longer than just an hour, and gave us time to digest the food.
      I agree that plates should clearly be labelled tasting plates rather than whole plates… but it is sort of implied that portions will be tiny when it comes to degustation. That said, if the deal was still on, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it once more… 69 for 2 with 2 drinks is a pretty good deal!

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