[box_alert]Rise Restaurant has since changed management and head chefs[/box_alert]
Zen was back on Friday night after his first working week in Wollongong; so we caught up over an initimate dinner at Rise. Heading straight to Darlinghurst after work, we were rather early… though this meant we were able to grab the cosy window seat 🙂
The restaurant’s interior reflected owner chef Hideki Okasaki’s Japanese / European fusion style.
The menu was really impressive and forced a battle in my mind between the degustation or the a la carte. There’s actually 30% off the Omakase menu on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, but we decided go for the whole experience anyway. The degustation it was.
First of the 7 dishes was the chicken and tofu salad. The tofu was chilled and silky soft. Its flavour was so refreshing with the crisp spanish onion and shallots, and the chicken was tossed in a flavoursome sesame and miso sauce. Mmmm, give me more.
chicken and tofu salad with sesame miso sauce
Next was the soup, which was cleansing and fragrant with kaffir lime leaves and lemon grass. The fried tofu and calamari mince had such a nice complimenting texture.
clear broth with fried tofu stuffed with calamari mince
Aww, sashimi. Check out this piece of artwork! It was so beautiful… each shot glass was filled with such tender flavours.
And then we had the seasonal plate which consisted of:
spicy tuna tartare in wonton cup
soft shell crab sushi roll… spiced with paprika… yummm
cured salmon with spiced mayo
The pasta dish featured lightly blanched rice noodles with shredded green papaya and a large scallop which was seared to perfection. Topped with dill, coriander and chilli, this dish was uber tantalising.
grilled scallop with rice noodle and green papaya salad
steamed rudder fish wrapped with banana leaf and served with zucchini flower tempura
Inside the banana leaf was a tender piece of rudder fish, some shitake mushrooms and Chinese choy sum.
berry granita with champagne infused panna cotta
I heart Rise.
23 Craigend Street, Darlinghurst
Phone (02) 9357-1755