Monday, June 27, 2011

Sorenzo Restaurant

I LOVE Japanese food, it's on top of my list of restaurants to eat at. Whether its cheap sushi train, or an expensive degustation, i am usually left very satisfied and happy :) I love that you can have healthy options to choose from, i love that it can be simple yet elegant, and i love that it is based around seafood (something i enjoy eating!)

I first came across this blogpost from Lorraine, and noted it in my diary, as its rare to find any really nice and outstanding japanese restaurants out west (most are all in the city from what i know). The only japanese place i dine at out west is Fat Panda in Canley Heights.

Apparently this place is a hidden gem! But during our meal, i was texting everyone haha :) I really enjoyed my lunch here at Sorenzo, the service is top notch, the food is amazing, and value wise - i found it quite cheap considering how much food we got, and the quality as well.

We had the Aki Kaiseke for $79 per person.

The restaurant was about one fifth occupied while we were eating, i'd like to see how busy it gets at dinner time?

creme brulee tea

This tea was so nice! Very vanillery, i had to ask for milk and sugar to enhance the flavours abit (i also don't like to drink tea straight unless its green tea, it's so much nicer with milk & sweetened!)

fresh oyster & sashimi

When this piece of art came out, me & Bigbear were very impressed! There was smoke coming out of the thing! Everything was just so freshand delicious i remember there was the usual sashimi pieces (salmon, kingfish & tuna) as well as oysters, cuttle fish and scallops.

i am texting pictures to my friends of each course :)

salmon tataki with wafu dressing

tuna tataki with wafu dressing

i had the salmon and Ian had the tuna, both presented beautifully, and wafu dressing was delicious! a quick google search tells me that it is a vinaigrette dressing based on soy sauce, it was really refreshing and tasty.

sweet & sour seafood soup

This soup tasted like a tom yum soup, but more flavorful the lemongrass was the star of the dish, along with the seafood (fish, mussel & prawn).

prawn with wasabi aoli

The prawn was cleverly presented, and i really liked the small piece of deep fried enoki(enogi?) mushroom.

mero miso yaki
(Grilled Mero (Tooth Fish) marinated in Japanese miso. Served with miso vinaigrette)

We were getting almost full when our mains arrived! I had the fish (also called 'tooth' fish i think), which was served on a bed of mixed vegetables which were well cooked and seasoned really well, the natural flavors of the vegetables still shined through when eating - i like that it wasnt heavily seasoned or covered in some kind of sauce.

This was the first time i had eaten this type of fish, i found it very sweet tasting, and the texture was unlikeany other fish i've had before too, the waitress told us that this was the most popular item on the menu!

wagyu steak

Ian said the steak was cooked really well, one of the best steaks he's had apparently :D

assorted sushi

We were completely stuffed at this point, but managed to finish off the plate of sushi they placed in front of us. Later on i realized that we didn't get our 'miso soup' but, it was fine because we were so so full, probably wouldn't of been able to finish the soup anyway!

chefs fine selection of desserts

The waitress told us that normally dessert is just icecream, but the chef had made us a plate with assorted desserts for us, this was really generous of them and the plate was too long to even take a photo of!

pannacotta with berries and cake crumble

lime sorbet w/ nut praline

green tea mousse, mixed fruits

chocolate brownie squares

chocolate cake pieces, creme brulee

The dessert platter was really outstanding, and made our whole meal really memorable! Ian really enjoyed the lunch, and since then I've told all my friends about this place, in hope to spread the word for the restaurant, because it truly is a well hidden gem!

I'll leave you with some photo's of a mushroom patch we saw outside the restaurant, how psychedelic!!

Sorenzo Restaurant
1A Bay drive, Meadow Bank

lunch: 11am-3.30pm
dinner: 5.30pm-9.30pm

closed mondays

ph: 9807 8303


Heavenly Ingredients said...

WOW! that is some of the most beautiful food I've seen photographed in ages

joey@FoodiePop said...

I've also wanted to come here since reading Lorraine's blog, and I also love Japanese food. Maybe the next time I visit my parents out that way I can make a small detour. :-)

Mary said...

OOOh! Creme Brulee tea! That soudns delightful!

Tina@foodboozeshoes said...

Loving the pics Betty!

MissPiggy said...

Oh wow, this place looks so fancy. Can't believe we lived up the road for nearly a year but never went. We spent our Japanese eating time at West Ryde where they have two quite good, but casual Japanese eateries.

Natalie Leung said...

hmmmm yummm beautiful! everything looks wonderful and you take beautiful pictures of all the courses.

i love that brownie, looks yummmy


Viv said...

ohh my that dessert omakase! what a great find and value indeed! im terrible with my sydney geography and had to google map meadow bank! hahah.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Ooh I'm so glad that you liked it there! It's so delicious isn't it and such a hidden gem. I adored the toothfish and as you say is unlike any other fish in texture. It's just like butter-actually correction, it's just like buttah! :P

Trishas said...

Oh Betty you have some pretty awesome photos right there! And I can't believe there's an awesome Japanese restaurant out west - if it's this good, then it's a must try!!

Phuoc'n Delicious said...

Wow! All that for $79pp?! Thanks fantastic value! Looks like you had a great meal and everything looks so fresh. I'm eyeing that dessert platter! Thanks for sharing this secret gem with us :)

chocolatesuze said...

oh wow so much food and everything is so beautifully presented you lucky thing the dessert platter looks fab! said...

Everything looks so awesome! What a bargain :)

Tina @ bitemeshowme said...

Wow betty, it looks absolutely delicious. Cannot believe you got THAT much food for that price! You're making me hungry.. haha x

sugarpuffi said...

creme brulee tea! i wonder how that tastes like :D the food look so vibrant and delicious.

nawwwww cute little mushroom patch<3

Anna @ TheLittlestAnchovy said...

Love this post, Betty. That beautiful salmon roe in the chopsticks is gorgeous.

Adrian (Food Rehab) said...

I think $79 per person for the meal you had is def good value. Everything looks great. Would love to try that green tea mousse.

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

What a fantastic find! I love the sound of the creme brulee tea and the dessert platter looks to die for!!

Corinne @ Gourmantic said...

The creme brulee tea sounds interesting but more like something you'd have after the meal!

Matt said...

Great photos - how did you manage to get such good lighting?

julie said...

looks like a little gem :D the creme brulee looks awesome !

tasteofbeirut said...

I can't tell you how impressed I am every time I see Japanese made food! It is so elegant so stylish so refined so so so I wish I could emulate them in my humble mediterranean kitchen!

Devaki @ weavethousandflavors said...

This is wonderful Betty - beautiful pics. I studied at UNSW so Sydney is my hometown - accross the ocean. Love your blog and I am so pleased you popped in to say hello!

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Siobhan C said...

WOW. Great pics.

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Oh I love Japanese food too but even more so I am loving your pictures! Amazing! Don't see how you did it just sitting in the restaurant but they are incredible! So glad you stopped by yesterday. Thank you for your sweet comment

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Mmm it all looks so yummy and they have great presentation :).

Parsley Sage said...

Outstanding! Right off the bat, that creme brulee tea sounds incredible. Awesome photos and great dishes. Yum!

Veggie Mama said...

Ohhh how beautiful! I love Japanese food. I'm aiming to get to Wasabi in Noosa very, very soon... I can't wait :)

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Kath (My Funny Little Life) said...

Japanese is one of my all-time favorite cuisines! All that food looks so wonderful, I wish I could have joined in! ;) Fancy mushrooms, really psychedelic! :D

Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad said...

Your pictures are stunning! The food looks amazing. Japanese is one of my very favorites.

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

How much is $79 for US$... I'd love to go there... Looks amazing and everything is plated beautifully. That's something I need to learn for my cooking and food photography. Thank you so much for sharing. Great inspiration for my Japanese cooking! :-)

Andrea said...

The time and effort they must put into presentation is incredible. I would so love to try this place one day.

chopinandmysaucepan said...

We really should check out this restaurant as this is the second good review I have read and we are pretty close by. Thanks for sharing Betty.

Lola (Figs and Brie) said...

Yum! Such lovely photos and the idea of creme brulee tea has me swooning :D

Also haha those shrooms almost look like liberty caps!

Lay's said...

Oh wow! the food looks amazing! and Im so surprised to see this hidden gem in Meadowbank! who knew in Meadowbank! hehehe I used to live in Eastwood, and attended TAFE in Meadowbank but never crossed paths with this restaurant. I will definitely make a trip here!! Thanks for sharing! :))