I FEEL GYPPED. NOT HAPPY.
Why you ask? Caught up with N for dinner and opted to try a different Japanese place: Sato on Melbourne St. But instead, we get crap service, crap food and a hefty bill to rub salt in our wounds. 🙁
We kick off with drinks and some complimentary bean sprout salad.
Choya umesyu (plum wine); $7.50
We ordered the plum wine thinking we were going to get the red plum wine, but instead, we’re presented with a plum wine liquer… and not much of it either – at least fill the glass up, no?
Sake magic: sake shaken with midori melon, vodka and lemon juice with appetiser; $10.00
Expensive cocktail that looked… ordinary. At least use a nice glass and gimme an umbrella! After all, we tend to eat with our eyes!
Complimentary beansprout salad
Gyu-sashi, thin slices of raw beef; $9.50
The beef was tough, chewy and rather bland; and the sauce, seasoning and pinch of scallions was no where near enough to divide between each slice of beef. Booo !
Salmon roll; $7.50
This dish… made us speechless. IT WAS SO DAMN SMALL. 6 tiny pieces of sushi with a bit of salmon in the centre… you can’t be serious! It looked like something that you’d give a 4 year old kid… even then, they’d be begging for more! >=(
Sashimi 11 pieces; $13.50
Another rage worthy dish – 11 tiny pieces of sashimi.
Look at that piece of salmon! It’s the size of the blob of wasabi which wasn’t even big. Not only were the sashimi pieces small, some didn’t taste or smell fresh as they all had a fishy seafood smell.
Chawan mushi – Japanese style steamed egg custard with prawn; $8.50
Natto: fermented soya beans; $8.00
I’ve always wanted to try natto and got my chance! Can’t say I’ll be ordering it again any time soon. The beans are coated in a slimy salty foam with a not so pleasant smell. An acquired taste required!
Suno mono: seafood salad; $9.50
This dish was a disaster! Partly because I specifically asked the waiter whether this was the seaweed salad and he assured us that it was. Instead, we’re presented with a seafood salad with tiny seafood pieces cut into halves.
Service was unbelievably poor, our waiter fumbled a lot and seemed like he didn’t know much about the menu or dishes. We asked for some extra mayonnaise on the side, and was presented by a tiny squirt of mayo which was gone within one dip. We asked for a refill and some extra pickled ginger and got charged $3.00 for both extras! Not happy, should have stuck with good ol’ Sushi Train with all you can eat pickled ginger, mayo and better sushi and sashimi! Expensive lesson learnt! (The bill came just under $100 for two people, both unhappy souls and no where near full.)
131 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
P 08 8267 3381