*** Shochu is a distilled alcoholic beverage made of sweet potato, rice, barley, etc.
For starters, we had the monkfish liver, served it with scallions and grated daikon in ponzu sauce. I have been having quite a bit of monkfish liver lately. Ok fine, maybe twice in two weeks doesn’t sound like a lot but that’s two times more than what I’ve had in an entire lifetime.
According to Chocolate & Zucchini, monkfish liver, or ankimo, is also known as le foie gras de la mer (foie gras from the sea). Though we can’t force feed monkfish, alleged overfishing has gained them a fair bit of notoriety.
Oh, the shame of enjoying liver!
Something which most diners come here for is the kaki omuretsu (oyster omelette), a thin omelette with oysters and mushrooms folded within. With some foccacia, I could imagine this as a kickass omelet sandwich. The kaki omuretsu would have been awesome if the poor egg dish hadn’t been drowning in watery sauce.
In the Happily-Dysfunctional Family of Japanese food, Sumiyaki is the unloved child - sidelined for hugs and kisses and passed over for second helpings. Rarely do I seat up and take note of charcoal grilled items unless I specially visit a restaurant that pimps those sticks – like Satsuma.
What I totally ignored the pleas of my scratchy throat for:
Gindara – I cod you in my arms.
Beef short rib – in tender loving care.
Pork cheek – should refrain from a bad cheeky joke.
Scallop and prawn rolled with bacon – hit my soft spot for grilled scallops.
Chicken heart - overdone and shriveled, the muscular texture was sorely missed.
Okonomiyaki - it’s a
Chicken skin - if you fancy the feeling of fingernails across a chalkboard, you will like the chicken skin; otherwise keep them away from your (sore or not) throat.
The sumiyaki was pretty good, save for the liberal pinch of salt. I don’t know if my overly-high threshold for sugar came at the expense of a low tolerance for salt but my mind went, Mmm tasty, smoky but freakin’ salllllllllllllty, over most skewers.
Service was awesome though - I could really get used to have my plates changed many many times.
Satsuma Shochu Dining Bar
1 Nanson Road
The Gallery Hotel
Tel: 6235 3565