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Oh, the food was fabulous, I’ll definitely be back.
How often have you said those words after having a satisfying meal? Well, I’ve committed that crime too many times. Sometimes I’d go back for that one specific thing they left me craving, other times it’d be to see a cute waiter (ha!). There’s something unique about all my favourite restaurants, and the reason I love Rise, is because of their genuineness, quirky service and innovation. Plus, for their 3 year anniversary, there’s even a special Omakase degustation running between 17th – 22nd June for almost half price.
So naturally, I went on the first available day, booking the 8pm session in advance… knowing that it’d be another long evening in the office. No one likes timed seatings, but hey, from a restaurant owner’s point of view, it’s basically doubling the revenue prospects of each table! And at $36 per person, I’m not complaining.
I’ve been down with the flu for a couple of days, so it was sparkling water for me, and this luscious lychee cocktail for Zen.

Rise Restaurant, Omakase degustation - 3 year anniversary special (June 2008): lychee caipiroska

lychee caipiroska
The first dish was produced and brought out in masses. Behind the sushi bar, I admired the quick production line. There were boxes of washed and perfectly trimmed witlof leaves and more. The tuna tartare is a staple item on the Rise menu, regularly making an appearance in the seasonal plate. It was nice to see it used as the main entree ingredient. I also couldn’t get enough of the wasabi flavoured guacamole.

Rise Restaurant, Omakase degustation - 3 year anniversary special (June 2008): tuna tartare, guacamole and witlof salad

Tuna tartare, guacamole and witlof salad
I think Rise had discovered the secret to making the best clear soup stock and I’m so glad they’ve kept using it. The soup was warm, cleansing and delicious. Somewhere amongst the dumpling-looking calamari tortellini, rocket and cherry tomatoes were bits of kaffir lime leaves -so fragrant they are!

Rise Restaurant, Omakase degustation - 3 year anniversary special (June 2008): clear broth with calamari tortellini

clear broth with calamari tortellini
When the assorted sashimi platter was served, I understood why we weren’t forking out the usual $60. To my shock, they had reduced the 4 servings of fresh sashimi to 2. See my previous posts here and here as proof. Nonetheless, the salmon and kingfish was fantastic. Its texture was so delicate and the flavours… mmmm…. the flavours enhanced every morsel in the shot glass.

Rise Restaurant, Omakase degustation - 3 year anniversary special (June 2008): assorted today's fresh market sashimi of salmon, kingfish and oyster

Assorted today’s fresh market sashimi of salmon, kingfish and oyster
The seasonal plate was good but not great. I didn’t like how the wonton cup had been fried so early that it lost its crunchiness.

Rise Restaurant, Omakase degustation - 3 year anniversary special (June 2008): Duo of steamed baby octopus with ume plum vinaigrette, grilled eel rice paper rolls, duck and bamboo shoot with hoisin sauce in wonton cup

Steamed baby octopus with ume plum vinaigrette, grilled eel rice paper rolls, duck and bamboo shoot with hoisin sauce in wonton cup

Rise Restaurant, Omakase degustation - 3 year anniversary special (June 2008): spiced prawn, mung bean noodle and yoghurt sauce

Spiced prawn, mung bean noodle and yoghurt sauce… I’m so sure this was inspired by the Vietnamese prawn biscuit…
The main dish was chicken. That’s right, plain joe… But wait, there was a twist… the lemongrass scented coconut cream worked wonders for this otherwise boring dish.

Rise Restaurant, Omakase degustation - 3 year anniversary special (June 2008): braised chicken, potato croquettes and coconut cream sauce

Braised chicken, potato croquettes and coconut cream sauce
And lastly… the pannacotta, tapioca rice pudding looked like a 3 year old’s wacky Hulk experiment but tasted of something familiar to fine dining. It was the combination you wish you had thought of. Yum!

Rise Restaurant, Omakase degustation - 3 year anniversary special (June 2008): pannacotta, tapioca rice pudding and green tea sugared rice bubbles

Pannacotta, tapioca, rice pudding and green tea sugared rice bubbles
I don’t know what it is, but there’s something good they’re doing right. It seemed like the general consensus around the dining floor was that most had dined at Rise several times before.
Happy 3 year anniversary, Rise!
Rise
www.riserestaurant.com.au
Read about my previous visits here and here.

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.