Although he is Australian-born, Executive Chef Perry Fuller has a vast knowledge of Japanese cuisine gleaned from his time at restaurants such as Zuma in London. Saké Restaurant & Bar has a warm feeling throughout, and is punctuated by pretty cherry blossoms and dark wood. Seating ranges from traditional floor cushions to comfortable banquettes.
Chef Fuller’s menu is non-traditional, so there is plenty to tempt those new to Japanese cuisine. Popcorn shrimp does not disappoint, as the dish is executed perfectly. The tempura batter is crisp and light, and the shrimp is served with a spicy mayonnaise that has the right amount of heat. Darling Downs wagyu is sweet, with delicate caramel notes throughout. The simple accompaniments – sautéed buckwheat shiitake and asparagus – are well chosen, as they allow the top-quality wagyu to shine as the hero of the dish.
PSST! Look out for the restaurant’s special promotions, such as the $99 bottle of Veuve Clicquot available from Monday to Thursday.