Wasabi Bistro – Surry Hills

May 15, 2011

I’m a bit of a bargain hunter. I’m also somewhat of an impulse buyer. I am that girl who will go in to Priceline for nail polish remover and come out with a bagful of items I didn’t even know I needed. Stud will dispute that I actually don’t need them but I insist that I do need them, I just wasn’t aware of it until it was staring me in the face.

In order to feed my daily shopping needs (or wants), I subscribe to numerous daily deal sites such as Spreets, Scoupon, etc and every now and then a deal presents itself that I just cant pass up. These were one of those times!

Wasabi Bistro had partnered with Spreets and were offering a 7 course Japanese banquet for two including a glass of beer or wine each for only $49. Forty-nine dollars people!!! I immediately emailed the deal over to Stud and we had bought it within the hour. We would definitely spend that (at least) on a night out and this was for seven courses. Seven! Can you tell I was excited about this one?

Anyway, due to the popularity of the deal, it was actually quite hard to make a booking and it seemed the weekend of the deal was off limits so we booked it for a couple of weeks down the track hoping it would die down a little. Even then, the woman said it was booked at 7:00 so we had to come at 6:30. No problem. Normally we would make dinner around 7/7:30 but get hungry at about 5:30 anyway so this was just allowing for the inevitable.

We checked out the Surry Hills festival beforehand (which was smaller than we originally remember) and had finished early so thought we would try our luck for a 6:00 table (told you – the inevitable). They actually open at 6:00 so we didn’t have a problem and were seated to our table straight away.

The place was pretty dead apart from the only other table in the place who was seated reasonably close to us. This isn’t the restaurants fault at all but the man near us was obviously taking his son and his son’s friend out to dinner and the dinner conversation and language was completely inappropriate for a child of his age (around 15) to be having with his father. Anyway, rant over.

We ordered our wine and our first dish arrived pretty much straight away. Agedashi Tofu. Stud really dislikes tofu where as I dont mind it, as long as its done right. He feels it had no flavour and felt the same about this one. I though it was nice as long as it was soaked in the broth. The downside to that is that the crispyness then loses crunch as it sit in the liquid.

Next was a choice between teamed of fried gyoza. We both love it when they steam and then pan fry the gyoza however it seems to be hard to find these days. We opted for steamed and the filling was lovely but the pastry could have been slightly thinner I thought.

Beef Tataki was to follow and, although a small dish, was packed with flavour. We could have polished off one of these each!

Our third course was Assorted Tempura (prawn and vegetable). The batter was lovely and light although was a little greasy. In saying that, the prawn was cooked to perfection.

California rolls were next on the menu and these were fab. I have to say I do prefer the inside out rolls. They’re much more fun 🙂

The fifth course was a choice between a few mains on the menu. We went with the Chicken Katsu and Chilli Chicken. By this time we were both heading towards full however I managed to finish mine 😉 lol. They were both really good!

Our miso soup was brought out with our main which I thought was a little unusual as its normally brought before the meal an not wanting to waste (lol), I tried to finish as much as I could.

For our dessert, we decided to get a black sesame ice-cream and a green tea ice-cream. This was my first black sesame ice-cream experience and I may now be obsessed for life. Being a lover of green tea ice-cream, I was sure I would overrule Stud and devour this but one taste of that black sesame and it seemed my taste buds are not even allowing green tea anymore. I may now be scarred for life.

This meal was such great value and a really good insight in to the a la carte menu at Wasabi Bistro. We’ll definitely be back to try the rest. Or at least for more sesame 😉


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7 Responses to Wasabi Bistro – Surry Hills

  1. Helen (grabyourfork) on May 18, 2011 at 2:17 am

    I love black sesame ice cream! So nutty and delicious 🙂

  2. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) on May 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Nice find. Love this sort of Japanese bistro food.

  3. Joanne on May 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    We have something like this here called Group-on. And it’s addictive.

    What a fun gazillion course meal! Everything looks delicious.

  4. Maria @ Scandifoodie on May 19, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I’ve heard of this place, but rarely wander to that part of town. Sounds great though!

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on May 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    That’s a great deal and such good value too! 😮 I usually use them for spa and massage/facial appointments but it sounds like I’ve got to try some of those dining deals too 🙂

  6. Susan on May 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    That sounds like a really good deal. They are finally getting businesses in canberra to offer these deals too which is great. Have yet to try one out though.

  7. Forager @ The Gourmet Forager on May 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Ah I saw that deal too – some deals I’ve found to be hit and miss, but looks like you’ve found a good ‘un. Value plus! And who doesn’t love bargains?!

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