My friends and I went to Azuma one night for dinner. I had never been, but The Bestie said that they usually went once a month or so, and thinks it’s the best Japanese food they’ve ever had. I was pretty keen to try it, so we hopped into a car and made our way to the City.
It was a no brainer for us to pick the Omakase degustation menu. The Bestie also ordered a dozen oysters, which they claimed was the best they ever had, as well as sea urchin sashimi that was the special of the day. After the waiter took our order, they returned with a small warm towel for each of us. I wasn’t sure what to do at first and found it a bit weird, but copied The Bestie and used it to clean my face. Not sure if that was right, but I felt really refreshed afterwards. And although I found it strange to begin with, I immediately wondered why they don’t do this at any other fancy restaurant. I personally found it to be a really nice touch.
The Bestie wasn’t lying. The oysters are so darn good. They tasted fresh and creamy and the ponzu dressing was just enough for each oyster. Thinking about them now has me salivating.
I won’t name them all, but I will say that my favourites (and they were all really good) were the seared tuna salad (top right) and the deep-fried chicken karage (bottom left). You might think fried chicken is a bit ‘meh’, but I hope you believe me when I say it’s the best chicken karage I’ve ever had. And I’ve eaten more than my fair share of fried chicken.
The Bestie said this was one of their favourite dishes and it’s not hard to see (or taste) why.
A simple but really nice way to end the main course part of the meal. The noodles are chilled and tasted good on their own. You can add as much or as little of the condiments (seaweed, wasabi and spring onions) into the dipping sauce, and dip your noodles and tempura into it. I slurped my way messily through this meal and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed my dinner at Azuma. Without wanting to sound like a food critic, I want to say that the food here looks really simple but it’s done incredibly well. The flavours weren’t overpowering and the degustation menu didn’t leave me feeling like a beached whale. The Bestie also commented that since everyone got their own plate of food, no one had to wait until I took a picture before eating. Haha.
I think if you like subtle flavours, authentic or traditional Japanese food (instead of fusion) and a relaxed atmosphere, then Azuma would be a place worth checking out. They also appeared to have a good selection of wine and sake, which I was interested in but didn’t try. Although this was my first time eating here, I hope it won’t be my last. I’m getting hungry just looking at these pictures, and would go back and happily order the degustation menu again. And those oysters. Yum!