We took the service lift up to the 1st floor as my knee is still acting up (there were a lot of stairs). You find a very large space with queer, copper tubes hanging down. These are the extractor fans that hang over the BBQ plate at each table. Really beautiful in themselves, and practical too. Our friends are the insurance brokers for this restaurant (no, we didn't get freebies), so they knew that the fit-out had not come cheap.
|ground floor Izakaya space as you enter the restaurant|
|beautiful aren't they? copper extractor fans|
|cooking up our Yakiniku platter|
|it didn't look like much meat but at the end, we were full!|
The 4 of us chose the banquet for $55 per head, which was a very satisfying and filling meal. It included meats, soup, salad and ice cream. Oh and spring rolls, and sashimi and kimchi and edamame. So no, you won't go home hungry. There are also other banquets at $70 and $90 per head. Our friends decided to try the Sake Tasting List, which consisted of 5 different types of sake. They were surprisingly large tastings we thought, and our friends got a bit heady after trying them all. I had plum wine flavoured with brown sugar - oh my, so delish, so moreish - so I had another. Mr Pickings had his usual ginger beer, only one as he is the designated driver when we go out together, and he just couldn't get out of the habit even though he wasn't driving!
|Mr Pickings loves ginger beer - $5|
|brown sugar plum wine - so delish! - $8.50|
|steamed rice and dipping sauces|
|octopus balls - I ate Mr Picking's share as he just can't stomach octopus:)|
|prawn spring rolls - I have to admit I ate Mr Picking's share of these too 'cos he doesn't eat shellfish!|
|salad on a beautiful plate- very fresh and palate-cleansing|
|edamame (soy beans in their pods)-crunchy and moreish|
|sake drums - now that's a lot of sake|
|I loved this sword/beer tap contrivance. Look at the condensation!|
|green tea ice cream|
|toasted sesame seed ice cream|
|looking down on the pendant lights from the stairs|
|a seriously gorgeous kimono hanging in the stairwell|
I would love to go again and eat downstairs as that seems less formal, and it is very close to the bar which has single malt whiskies, which apparently is all the rage in Japan at the moment. Also, as Mr Pickings and myself are not usually big meat eaters, I would like to try other dishes like the sushi and sashimi and the dumplings, etc:) You can't deny though that the meat here is seriously delicious, tender and flavoursome. So carnivores will be very happy, as will anyone who likes fresh, delicious and interesting food. Oh, and one last thing, the house specialty is "passionately coated loin"- how could anyone resist that?