Review of Kobe Jones’ degustation menu with a Groupon Voucher :(

Mayonnaise.

Mayonnaise is beautiful, especially the one my mother makes, with an egg yolk and plenty (and plenty) of vegetable oil. Who doesn’t love mayonnaise, really?

The thing is… Mayonnaise is as good as blueberry jam. It’s good when you have a little bit of it. Who on earth would eat a tart that exclusively has blueberry jam on top?

Well… same goes for mayonnaise. Picture a lemon tart and replace that lemon curd with mayonnaise… If you can’t, just head to Kobe Jones on Darling Harbour. They will show you more mayonnaise than a mayonnaise-recordman could possibly handle.

Kobe Jones Degustation - Number One Special of crab salad with avocado, Hiramasa kingfish and  secret sauce

Kobe Jones Degustation – Number One Special of crab salad with avocado, Hiramasa kingfish and secret sauce

First course is a number one special. The secret sauce… well I can tell you what the secret is: Mayonnaise. To be honest, I found that first dish pleasant, but not outstanding in any way. The rest of the degustation was full on mayonnaise for most of the dishes… that’s when it turned into a disgustation really.

Kobe Jones' 13 course disgustation menu - Hot Sake to wash the mayonnaise down

Kobe Jones’ 13 course disgustation menu – Hot Sake to wash the mayonnaise down

Fortunately, we had hot sake to wash down that mayonnaise! I have to say I do not like sake much… but this one was actually light in taste and Monsieur and I found it to be enjoyable.

I should say we came with a 13 course degustation groupon deal. Paying 135 dollars… supposedly worth 326 dollars. (kobe dollars). I can’t help but think about the mobile phone operators ads and how funny I thought these were when I first moved to Australia. “Pay 30 dollars and get 300 dollars credit”… but in the end, translating that inflated amount into minutes and text proved to be more complicated than timing it by 10…

So the 13 course degustation menu… is actually more of a 9 course degustation menu knowing the following nigiri sushi (a shrimp sitting on a bed of rice) counts as one…

Kobe Jones - SPICY EBI NIGRI poached sweet Japanese prawn nigri topped with Kobes’ own (H3) chilli sauce and black caviar

Kobe Jones – SPICY EBI NIGRI poached sweet Japanese prawn nigri topped with Kobes’ own (H3) chilli sauce and black caviar

Hello shrimp! ;) I should be glad this counts as one, for by the end of the degustation, I was really full anyway. That nigiri sushi was really nice, though I couldn’t feel the sweetness of the prawn. It had a light spiciness (fortunately, I thought H3 chilli sauce would burn my lips – due to the name)… and no mayonnaise (thanks god!)

Kobe Jones - WAGYU TATAKI seared rare and iced wagyu on a bed of seaweed, topped with winter herbs and soy onion vinaigrette

Kobe Jones – WAGYU TATAKI seared rare and iced wagyu on a bed of seaweed, topped with winter herbs and soy onion vinaigrette

That wagyu tataki wasn’t bad, but the tataki I’ve had was usually thinner, and leaning on the raw side… That is more a wagyu roast beef if you see what I mean! That being said, I could have had more!

Kobe Jones - LOLLIPOP SUSHI fresh tuna, kingfish, salmon, crab salad, asparagus and burdock root, wrapped in thinly-peeled cucumber and topped with smelt roe, ponzu vinaigrette

Kobe Jones – LOLLIPOP SUSHI fresh tuna, kingfish, salmon, crab salad, asparagus and burdock root, wrapped in thinly-peeled cucumber and topped with smelt roe, ponzu vinaigrette

I found that lollipop sushi to be great, but how are you supposed to taste all type of fishes in such a small bite? It was more a textural pleasure rather than a pleasure based on taste itself. I loved the meatiness of the filling paired with the crunchiness of the cucumber skin.

Kobe Jones - SALMON AND SEAFOOD POKE Hawaiian style freshly marinated sashimi cubes in poke sauce with shallots and roasted garlic, topped with fresh alfalfa sprouts

Kobe Jones – SALMON AND SEAFOOD POKE Hawaiian style freshly marinated sashimi cubes in poke sauce with shallots and roasted garlic, topped with fresh alfalfa sprouts

And… we’re already onto our 5th course with that Salmon and seafood poke spoon. Again, a very small spoon of goodness that disappeared in the blink of an eye! I wish I had this spoon first, since the taste was lighter than everything else on the plate.

Kobe Jones - SPIDER ROLL crunchy soft shell crab with avocado, crab salad and cucumber, with smelt roe and chopped chives

Kobe Jones – SPIDER ROLL crunchy soft shell crab with avocado, crab salad and cucumber, with smelt roe and chopped chives

The 6th course is on my tantalising plate and the spider roll, advertised as crunchy, is not crunchy. Call me picky… but having had spider roll crunchy style, I know what crunchy is.

Kobe Jones - JALAPENO SALMON TATAKI [H1] flamed sashimi salmon served with jalapeno dressing and garnished with salmon roe and slivers of fresh jalapeno

Kobe Jones – JALAPENO SALMON TATAKI [H1] flamed sashimi salmon served with jalapeno dressing and garnished with salmon roe and slivers of fresh jalapeno


The sashimi salmon comes without mayonnaise and I must say that the flavour were great. I wasn’t quite so sure about the jalapeño, but the seeds had been removed and the chili factor was subtle, not hiding the flavour of the salmon.

Kobe Jones - Pacific Calamari Fritto

Kobe Jones – Pacific Calamari Fritto

The pacific calamari fritto could have done with some less mayonnaise, as it hid the flavour of the calamari… swimming in mayonnaise.

Kobe Jones - Spicy seafood tobanyaki

Kobe Jones – Spicy seafood tobanyaki

Same goes for the spicy seafood tobanyaki. All I could eat was mayonnaise they call “special cream sauce”. The promise of prawns, scallops, squid, mussels and wild mushrooms wasn’t kept: bits of prawns the size of peas were found, some small chewy bites could possibly have been squid… Scallops and mussels were in someone else’s tobanyaki… or cut into bites the size of molecules!

Kobe Jones - Volcano Roll

Kobe Jones – Volcano Roll… with special cream

Some more special cream for the volcano roll… and the hunt for creamless food was on again! I did not get why so much cream had to be used. Their seafood could do without it!!

Kobe Jones - Alaskan crab

Kobe Jones – Alaskan crab

Kobe Jones - Chocolate Melting Cake

Kobe Jones – Chocolate Melting Cake

The alaskan crab was stunning… and though crab is a type seafood I used to have with mayonnaise, the fact that they’re serving it with lime only is a relief :) The meat was melt in your mouth soft, and though less flavourful than the crab we’re used to back home, it was just great to have something without cream/mayo!

Kobe Jones - Lobster Hot Rock

Kobe Jones – Lobster Hot Rock

The star of the dish was the lobster… but the hot rock quickly cooled down, and part of the lobster was eaten raw despite our efforts to cut it into smaller chunks to properly cook. That was fine for me since eating raw lobster never has been an issue for me but Monsieur was a bit disappointed. Nevertheless, the lobster was succulent and sweet as promised… and most importantly, came without cream/mayo (thanks god!)

Kobe Jones - Chocolate Melting Cake

Kobe Jones – Chocolate Melting Cake

The chocolate cake were tiny and the individual sauce… non existent. Also no japanese vibe for that last course… but fortunately, no mayo :)
Overall, we will not come back to Kobe Jones. I really wanted to like the place since it was on my list for quite a while (when we moved to Australia, we lived right by Darling Harbour’s Kobe Jones).

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About Mademoiselle in Sydney

I'm a French Born Chinese expat' who relocated from the UK to Australia! I love all things food!
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2 Responses to Review of Kobe Jones’ degustation menu with a Groupon Voucher :(

  1. Lisa says:

    I also went to Kobe Jones with the groupon voucher and had the same impression.. cream, cream and more cream. Quite disappointing as Kobe was also on my restaurant wishlist :(

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