Sato, North Adelaide


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. πŸ™

sato, japanese, melbourne st

We kick off with drinks and some complimentary bean sprout salad.

sato, plum wine, cocktail, beansprout 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

sato, gyu sashi, salmon roll
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! >=(

sato, sashimi
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.

sato, tempura, chawan mushi
Tempura; $9.50
Chawan mushi – Japanese style steamed egg custard with prawn; $8.50

sato, natto, suno mono
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.)

Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
Value: 1/5
Ambience: 1/5



131 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
P 08 8267 3381

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6 comments for “Sato, North Adelaide

  1. Nghi
    September 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    i went to sato a few months back and i must say the food is deplorable. the only mediating factor was the novelty of sitting at traditional japanese underground tables. won’t be going back.

  2. Amanda
    September 22, 2010 at 2:22 AM

    if you want to do the whole ‘sit on the floor’ thing go to matsuri (think thats how you spell it), but ask for it when you book.

    • debbii
      September 22, 2010 at 7:14 AM

      @Nghi: Ditto! Even then, the service is slow cause the waiters have to stop and take their shoes off, tend to our needs, and then put their shoes back on. It becomes a rather tedious task when the waiter needs to come back and forth a kazillion times!

      @Amanda: Have heard about Matsuri but have yet to try it! Maybe next time πŸ™‚

  3. Louise
    October 18, 2010 at 5:42 AM

    My boyfriend went to dinner here and complained that he and his mate waited 1.5 hours for their food to arrive. We went to matsuri and it wasn’t a lot better – poor service (I pretty much had to stand up and flag the waitress down) and the food certainly don’t make up for this fact. A nice Japanese restaurant is Seizen sushi on o connel st.

    • debbii
      October 18, 2010 at 12:11 PM

      Oh, thanks for the Seizen recommendation. I was planning to head to Matsuri sometime soon, that is now put on hold! πŸ˜‰

  4. December 28, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    D, just came across your post. I went their 5 years ago, spent 200 bucks and left unhappy. Bad food and service. Your beef looked 100 times better than ones I had before there, which was even full of blood. Our waitress then, who was Chinese, even laughed at me for not knowing some Japanese words. ….Worst experience ever. However, according to one of my Japanese foodie friend, the family-style food in sato was famous. Since he has gone back to Japan, I have no clue on which dishes are better now πŸ™

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