Mrs Shanks and I were lucky enough to be invited to try out Kobe Jones new Winter Romance menu which was just perfect as we missed out on a date for our wedding anniversary back in April. It was a much need distraction from the everyday business plus being cooped in the house the past few weekends due to the excess rain we've been having in Sydney.
Kobe Jones is located in the heart of the dining district of King Street Wharf. A stylish restaurant with modern Japanese influenced decor and I've noticed the glass bi-fold doors that open up the dining area to panoramic waterfront views of Darling Harbour. Well known for it's Japanese-Californian fusion style of eastern cuisine matched with western sauces and their famous Volcano Roll, Kobe Jones now has a new head chef Hong Sub Lee (Edan) running the show. It's been a while since we've been to KJ so it was great to come back and see what has changed.
|Kobe Jones Sunset and LLB|
|Number One Special|
|Tantalising Tasting Plate: Spicy Ebi Nigri, Wagyu Tataki, Salmon&Seafood Poke, Lollipop Sushi, and Spider Roll|
|Pacific Calamari Fritto|
The Calamari Fritto was a highlight. Crisp light panko crumbs encasing pillow soft calamari drizzled with roast shallot mayonnaise. Mrs Shanks and I also couldn't get enough of the marinated yellow radish which had a smokey flavour and we both agreed we could have a whole bowl of this stuff with an ice cold beer.
|Jalapeno Salmon Tataki|
|Spicy Seafood Tabonyaki|
|Alaskan Crab - Before and After|
|Lobster Hot Rock|
|KJ's Tiramisu + Flaming Green tea Anko|
The tiramisu consisted of a green tea and sake infused sponge served semifreddo topped with chocolate shards and strawberries. A refreshing dessert with good contrast in flavours.
One the way out I also noticed that KJ is not only for fine banqueting, but they also do lunch and dinner specials for those wanting a quick meal. $32 (at time of review) for a mixed plate lunch and they are still doing $29pp all you can eat sushi platters (min 2 persons). Time to get your Volcano Roll fix!!
Anyway, we enjoyed a fantastic winter-romance date, with the atmosphere, seating arrangements, heaters (which were very welcome on a particularly wet and cold night), great service and the sharing-style menu providing a warm and intimate dining experience, with a hint of luxury thrown in.
Till next time ... we eat.
Yaya's Yum Yums dined as guests of Kobe Jones.