Kawa-Sake Sushi Boat & Grill Bar, 3 Anderson Street, Yarraville. Phone: 9687 8690
It’s been a while since our first visit to Kawa-Sake so we’re glad to be back.
There’s a difference this time, though – we’re guests of management.
Instead of seeing us muddle through what is quite an extensive menu, manager Lucy is keen to place before us an array of her specific choices (full disclosure below).
We are most emphatically up for it.
Everything we have is good. Some of it is very good – especially the seafood.
Tuna tataki ($16.90, top picture) is meltingly tender inside and with just a sliver of tasty seared crust – quite different from the overtly garlicky beef dish of the same description.
Sashimi (various prices) – only two (regulation) species of fish but big serves and oh-so-fresh.
Bennie is taking with increasing gusto to raw fish – not his favourite thing by any means, but he’s getting there.
And Lucy admires his chopstick skills!
Likewise, he barely notices the gooey bits as we each devour a crispy, delicious soft shell crab ($8.80).
Ebi tempura ($8.50) is three good and big prawns in unoily batter.
Salmon age roll ($15) is described to us as “sushi for people who maybe don’t like eating raw fish”. I have no problem with that approach, but this crusty ball seems a bit of a blur to me, with no real distinct flavours.
Calamari skewers ($3.90) are chewy and nice, but maybe could do with some more of that chargrilled zing.
Sake-marinated quail (three for $16.80) are sticky, yummy and a nice counterpoint to all the seafood we’ve been gobbling.
It doesn’t take too much looking to find comments from people who really don’t like the food at Kawa-Sake – or the very place itself, including the decor, service and general approach.
There’s some, too, who seem hung up on the fact the place is run by people who are not born-and-bred in Japan.
If you’re fussy about notions of purity when it comes to Japanese food, or the people who make it and serve it, then maybe Kawa-Sake is not for you.
In the meantime … the staff are lovely, the service is good and – despite it being a tight fit space-wise – it’s very family friendly.
Our meal at Kawa-Sake was provided free of charge by the owner in return for a story on Consider The Sauce. The dishes in our meal were selected by management. Kawa-Sake has not been given any editorial control of this post.