Hana Ju-Rin, Crows Nest

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Last night Monkey and I went to have dinner in Crows Nest at a local Japanese restaurant, HaNa Ju-Rin.

Hana Ju-Rin

Monkey @ Hana Ju-Rin, Crows Nest

The restaurant is split over two levels so you can choose to eat at conventional tables or the teppanyaki/ sushi counters. If your looking for some entertainment over dinner try to book the counters, you get to watch the chefs turning out made-to-order grills and sushi. But, tonight we decided for a more quiet and intimate setting so we booked downstairs where it is more traditional, Japanese-style room for kaiseki. The tables are low and have a pit underneath so you can sit comfortably inside.

One of the first things you will notice when walking downstairs are the complimentary Crocs on offer incase you need to walk around during your meal.

Sashimi combo set

Sashimi combo set

We started with a plate of pre-ordered Sashimi combo set. The waiter asked if we wanted anything particular on the platter but, we were happy to try whatever the chef had on special. When the sashimi plate arrived we sure weren’t disappointed. Presented in front of us was (from L-R) garfish, king fish, snapper, tuna belly and a delicate flower of salmon.

My favourite was probably the tuna belly sashimi- it just melted in my mouth and was extremely fresh. The garfish was also quite good. This was the first time I ate garfish sashimi and it sure wasn’t a disappointment. The texture was firm but light.

Deep fried Garfish

Deep fried Garfish

Once we had finished the sashimi platter our waiter took the plate away and came back and presented the deep fried garfish bones that I happened to be playful pointing earlier. I squeezed some lemon on top and took a piece of the bones and took a bite- it was extremely crunchy and the bones were so crispy you couldn’t tell you were just eating fish bones.

Caesar Salad with Wasabi Mayo

Caesar Salad with Wasabi Mayo

Caesar salad with a twist… This had the right a mount of crunch with the crispy bacon and fried pork skin which melted in your mouth with the buttery soft mix lettuce. I liked the added wasabi mayo and seaweed on top. It wasn’t too strong but just the right amount of balance.

Wagyu beef tataki

Wagyu beef tataki

The wagyu beef tataki is a must try- cooked to absolute perfection and then thinly sliced and placed on a plate. You could still see the beautiful lathers of marbling on the meat. I must say the serving size i thought was extremely generous. Nom.. nom..

Okonomiyaki Buta-Tama Pork with Noodle

Okonomiyaki Buta-Tama Pork with Noodle

For our final main dish we choose the okonomiyaki, a pancake filled with pork, cabbage and noodles and topped with a fried egg and bonito flakes. It’s comfort food at its best especially on a cold night. My flavour was really nice but I wish the cabbage had been cooked for a little bit longer so it would have been more crunchy.

Green Tea ice cream with red bean paste

Green Tea ice cream with red bean paste

There’s always room in my tummy for dessert. We shared decided to share a scoop of green tea ice cream and a plate of  battered ice-cream tempura drizzled with chocolate sauce. A good tip is to eat the tempura ice cream as soon as it arrives at your table.

Ice Cream Tempura  with chocolate sauce

Ice Cream Tempura with chocolate sauce

Dessert is always  is a fitting finale to any meal for me. I will definitely back- maybe next time with a larger group so I can try a lot more from the menu. :)

HaNa Ju-Rin
Shop 1
300 Pacific Highway
Crows Nest  NSW  2065
02 9966 5833
jurin.com.au/hana_jurin

 

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