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.
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!
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