First night in Melbourne was very exciting as I was meeting up with all my Uni classmates for dinner at Aka Tombo Tapas and Sake Bar. It was a small eatery located in Liverpool Street. First peek inside, there wasn't a lot of room. There are smaller booths that seat 4 on the left and on the right there was a long table that fits 10. That's where we sat and it was nice to have our own side of the restaurant.
Because it was a Japanese tapas place and there were 8 of us, we were able to try a huge variety of dishes. I do apologize in advance for some pictures of half eating dishes because it's not that easy to stop 7 other people from eating before I take a picture PLUS we were all so excited to see each other and busily chatting away that I didn't always remember either.
First up Agedashi Tofu and Mushroom with Oyster Sauce. It was delicious. The deep fried tofu was so fresh, crisp and smooth with a clean flavour. It was a delight to eat it on it's own but topped with the mushrooms and oyster sauce, it was divine. Fantastic start to the night!
|Agedashi Tofu and Mushroom|
I was craving sashimi so we decided to order the Sushi and Sashimi Platter along with a serve of California Roll and Tuna sushi. The sashimi was very fresh and light on the palate. Their sushi was also delicious but not the best I've had. I wasn't sure about the California Roll being California Roll, more like vegetarian roll. We also ordered Gyoza (Japanese pork dumplings) but I didn't get a chance to take a picture. They went too quick. It was yummy but I've had better at Matsuri in Adelaide and my friend had better at Izakaya Den in Melbourne.
|Sushi and sashimi platter|
Once again, apologies for the seagull crowd. I managed to quickly snap a photo. Teriyaki salmon was super delicious. The salmon was cooked just right and the teriyaki sauce was amazing. Even Carl, who would never touch a cooked salmon, loved it after I forced it on his plate.
Last but not least, we also had the popular favourite - Tempura! The Tempura was served with dipping sauce, Japanese mayonnaise and wasabi mayonnaise. The prawns and fish were fresh. Once again a clean and crisp taste. These guys are good at deep frying!!
It was a very enjoyable night with great food, great company and lots of laughs. Thanks to my friend for taking us there.