Saké’s New Spring Dishes - Melbourne Sydney Brisbane
Words by Connie Lambeth
Images: Courtesy of Rockpool Dining Group & Connie Lambeth
If there’s such a thing as a ‘riff of dishes’, the tastebuds were fairly singing during our recent lunch at Saké Restaurant and Bar Flinders Lane.
With a reputation for creative Japanese food, this sophisticated, award-winning restaurant was set to showcase a selection of their new Spring dishes, designed by Saké Restaurants’ Executive Chef, Shaun Presland. Presland recently returned to the Rockpool Dining Group after travels in New York, London and Tokyo, where he won the silver prize at the Washoku World Challenge 2016, now leading the ‘culinary vision, innovation and execution for the whole Saké brand’.
The semi-private dining space with view of the restaurant, was the ideal spot to observe chefs calmly working their magic in the open kitchen, while guests sipped Lychee inspired cocktails, keen to take on ‘traditional Japanese food with a contemporary twist’.
Welcomed by Presland and the Executive Chefs of Saké Flinders Lane and Saké Hamer Hall, brothers Yosuke Hatanaka and Shimpei Hatanaka, it was time to settle down to some serious feasting.
Our Spring lunch turned out to be a feast of ten inspirational dishes, crafted with a depth and balance of flavours which can only be achieved through a high degree of technical expertise, along with the inclusion of several distinctive ingredients, some unique to Japanese cooking. Textural differences were significant, from ‘silk and velvet’ to ‘pop and crunch’ and all things in-between.
Selection of Saké Spring Dishes
...so many palate pleasers, a bundle of personal highlights…no particular order!
**further savoury dishes included a sashimi chirashi salad, kingfish, 2 pork dishes, and a beef tataki
A superb end to an impressive dining experience at Saké Flinders Lane. With Saké Restaurant & Bars in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, kick a few of your ‘must try’ restaurant goals this Spring.
*Thank you to chefs and kitchen team, Nicole and wait staff for our wonderful day!
**Please Note: Menus vary in individual Saké Restaurants
**Connie was a guest of Rockpool Dining Group
This is an independent account - Saké Restaurant & Bar Flinders Lane
Spring Lunch - 22nd September 2017
Connie Lambeth - The Australia Times News
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