Everytime the same thing happens. Finish work late, where both Mr Wasabi and myself do not have the will power to spend another hour or so cooking dinner so we opt to eat out (something healthy). Rattling through a series of restaurants that I like trying to come to a mutual consensus, this time we agreed on Restaurant 88, soup noodles seem pretty healthy.
Parking our car on Courtenay place and walking to Restaurant 88 where we just so happened to walk pate Kazu Yakitori and before you know it, we have climbed the stairs to the first floor.
Yakitori is cooked over hot charcoal the traditional way. you can see the chef standing over the robata yaki cooking the yakitori sticks to order. the use of this method means the sticks take some time to cook so be prepared to wait.
Special salad of the day – Teriyaki Chilli Beef Salad. I always love Japanese salads, as their dressings are light and full of flavour. the beef was tender, which is nearly minced texture. I was thinking right. Mr Wasabi does not eat salad, so this is all going to be mine. I had misjudged it, Mr Wasabi was throwing the salad back like there was no tomorrow. I had a few mouth fulls before it was all gone.
Ninja Skewer Set consisting of 4 skewers which seem value for money which provide the opportunity to try more of the skewers than ordering separately where you get two of the same sticks.
– Chicken thighs with Yakitori sauce, – slightly tough and dry.
– Pork with spicy sauce was perhaps the worst skewer. Made with pork belly, so you can image it was fairly fatty. I ended up separating the fat from the meat which equated to over half of the skewer being lard.
– Beef with wasabi Mayo – was the best. Tender, full of flavour with the right amount of spicy wasabi sauce that gave it the edge that needed.
– Salmon with Japanese mustard and karashi – good but not great. Palaetable.
The beef was so good that Mr Wasabi ordered another pair of the Beef on its own.
Chicken Thighs w Yakitori Sauce
Grilled King Fish Wings – these are deep fried, not grilled. There was no sauce to accompany the king fish wings. I found the these to be slightly over cooked as it was fairly dry. It needed a sauce or something to give it moisture. I ended up using the sauce from my skewers to give it more moister and flavour.
Chicken Yaki Soba – as you would expect these are fairly oily noodles, with a large cultet of chicken on top of the noodles drown in mayonnaise.
Spicy Tuna Karaage – I had imaged this dish to be similar to chicken karaage where the tuna is deep fried then a light squirt of spicy sauce. When the dish arrived, I was disappointed to find that it was not what we were expecting. It was more like a pan stir fried fish with a thick red sauce. Mr Wasabi did not enjoy it but i thought it was ok, But not something I would choose again.
Black Sesame Ice Cream – this ice cream was more icy rather than creamy with a light hint of black sesame. Not the best black sesame ice cream that I have had.
Kazu Yakitori & Sake Bar is perhaps one of the better outlets by the Kazu group. Great authentic Japanese and great place to catch up with friends over a beer and yakitor.
Location: 43 Courtenay Place Te Aro, Wellington