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Azuma Kushiyaki

July 19, 2010

Am I the only one who finds hard to suggest restaurants? So hard! It’s one thing when you go out with a group of friends with the intention of trying something new – but special occasion restaurants are tough! So many factors to think about. The setting can make or break an event. I could never be a concierge.

I have to confess that when it’s someone else’s special day, I’d rather not leave it to chance and will probably go somewhere tried and tested. So for my parent’s anniversary, I suggested we all head over to Azuma Kushiyaki in Regent’s Place for a family dinner. I’d been there once before and really enjoyed it, and I thought my parents would like it too.

And plus, given that the last time I ate there, my friend spotted none other than Tetsuya enjoying a few skewers himself, I figured it’d be a good bet!

For those of you who haven’t been before, Azuma Kushiyaki is a spin off of the much more expensive Azuma restaurant in Chifley Place. As the name would suggest, it specialises in ‘kushiyaki’, a Japanese word for grilled skewers, and izakaya-style dining where you order a lot of small dishes and share them with the table.

There’s so many to pick, we want to try them all. A good compromise is the Assorted Kushiyaki sampler for $29.80, which gives us a selection of 12 skewers.

Assorted Kushiyaki

My favourites were probably the melt-in-your-mouth wagyu beef skewers, and the slightly crunchier beef tongue with curry salt. But I have to admit I have a soft spot for quail eggs too. Yum!

The only thing I missed from the last time I visited was the little platter of different salts. I really enjoyed trying the skewers with all of the different tastes. Instead, there was a gigantic salt grinder filled with himalayan salt which was nice, but lacked the specialness of the selection last time.

Azuma Kushiyaki
Different flavoured salts (May 2009), no longer served?

We also ordered the Unagi Yanagawa – grilled eel and spinach, topped with a soft cooked egg in a shallow pot. The eel was lovely and soft and the broth it was cooked in gave everything a really nice flavour.

Unagi Yanagawa

Sashimi Entree
Sashimi Entree

Mum got her sashimi fix with the sashimi entree.

Chawan Mushi
Chawan Mushi

But for all of the more spectacular looking dishes, I think chawan mushi has to be my favourite. I fell in love with Azuma Kushiyaki’s chawan mushi the last time I ate here… and I knew I had to have it again. So soft and silky smooth, with generous portions of prawn and chicken hidden at the bottom. There’s just something really comforting about the taste and texture.

Last but not least, we ordered the Wagyu sirloin steak.

Azuma Kushiyaki
Wagyu sirloin steak

YUM. Soooo buttery and delicious. The sauce tasted like garlic and miso. The plate was wiped clean!

Overall, everyone was really happy with their meal! Phew! Success!

Azuma Kushiyaki
Ground Floor Regent Place Shopping
501 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Opening Hours
Lunch: Monday – Friday from 12pm
Dinner: Monday – Saturday from 6pm
Sunday from 5.30pm

Ph: (02) 9267 7775

8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2010 5:39 am

    I loooooove chawan mushi and have it every time it’s available, not enough places serve it!

    • July 27, 2010 12:25 am

      me tooooo! I will always order it, if it’s available! I saw you went to Wagaya! Did you get to try the chawanmushi there?

      I have to learn how to make it! My friend at work heard me going on about it so much that he bought me Chawanmushi mix and got his fiance to translate the instructions for me hehee.

      I will have to post how it goes!

  2. July 23, 2010 5:03 pm

    The skewers looks awsome! i always wanted to try this place, may try it next time =)

    • July 27, 2010 12:26 am

      It’s definitely worth a visit! So nom! I like the assorted skewer selection because it takes the pain out of choosing from the extensive menu. Try a bit of everything 🙂

  3. July 26, 2010 6:43 pm

    Im still yet to go to Azuma and dine properly.. only been there for their dessert.
    I love quail eggs and they look good from the pic~ That chawan mushi looks silky smooth, my god…. i want!

    • August 3, 2010 11:54 pm

      It’s sooo good! I am dreaming it about it still. If I could I would sleep in a bed of chawanmushi mmmm.

  4. August 3, 2010 9:47 pm

    I love Azuma Kushiyaki! Each vivist has always been well worth the $$. They really do an outstanding job witht he grilled skewers. On my last visit I had the Ox Tongue Stew. I twas served in a traditional japanese pot and had a mild curry taste to it. It was melt in your mouth delicious! I love the wagyu sirloin steak too!

    • August 3, 2010 11:55 pm

      Oooh That sounds so good! Definitely something I’ll have to try next time!

      I feel so hungry now :X

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