Tsunami Japanese Restaurant
Restaurant in Perth
Japanese Sushi and Fine Food Restaurant
Of all the natural disasters in the world (landslides, earthquakes, Justin Bieber…), naming your restaurant after one of them is sure to set tongues wagging.
Deciding that tasting is better than talking, we strolled down to Tsunami and were soon engulfed in a veritable wave of flavour, atop which we were only too happy to cruise to the end of the night.
The beaming waiting staff lead us through to the back dining room where our softly-lit table awaits. A baby grand piano (the ivories of which restaurateur and host Brett Carboni is known to tinkle) lies in the corner and acts as quite the feature piece in the ornately decorated room. A long garden illuminated by hundreds of hanging bulbs and white birdcages that encase single candles acts as a pleasant backdrop to the restaurant. We put our discussion about a Bieber Burger chain on hold and crack open our menus.
Following the ‘when in Tokyo’ rule, we agree to the waiter’s recommendation of a warmed bottle of plum-infused sake which comprises the perfect taste combination of sherry, wine and vodka, with a fruity tinge. The menu has a jocular feel to it, with one dish being thoroughly un-recommended by the management in its description, “Natto. Smelly like a uni student's socks. Tempura style, eggplant & nori. You’ve been warned.” Resisting the temptation (to which I’m sure many have yielded) to order Natto for the perverse thrill of it, we opt instead for the tuna Carpaccio and upside down gyoza. The fresh fish arrives in six relatively thick slices, dressed in wasabi herb oil and the citrus soy offering a juniper-esque tang to the dish. We’re not sure whether the inversion of the gyoza adds to their flavour or not, however, the crispy dumplings are splendid. Crab claws fashioned into plump drumsticks accompany the gyoza, with mini claws serving as a bone to hold whilst gnawing on the vast amounts of tender crab meat encased within the light batter. A side order of edamame beans is generously flecked with crumbs of fried garlic and ginger and serves as a curiously flavoursome alternative to the standard innocuous edamame dish.
Demonstrating the perfect way to deal with querulous steak ‘experts’ who demand that their meat be fried to an impossibly immaculate degree, Tsunami offers patrons the opportunity to cook their 100% purebred wagyu beef on an Ishiyaki Stone Grill. Two sizzling flat volcanic rocks are placed in front of us with rice and condiments on either side, creating a mini-kitchen environment at our table. After a little to and fro over who’s going to be head or sous chef, we brave the heat and begin frying the diced beef cubes along with a selection of skewered scallops and chilli salt. The novelty of cooking your own food in a restaurant is worth the trip alone, but the tender texture of the marbled meat will ensure that you make a repeat visit.
Whilst playing ‘chef’ has been a gas, it’s a relief to discover that our kitchen skills are not going to be tested any further during the final course, as our waiter places a duo of crème brûlées, one plain and one plum, on our table before whipping out a mini blowtorch to sear the top of the light and creamy concoctions.
Japan is infamous for being one of the most expensive countries to visit, yet its culinary allure also makes it one of the most enticing.
Tsunami offers a true taste of the country without lumbering you with the crashing debt that a touristic trip can create. This should leave you with enough cash with which to safeguard against the danger of a certain Canadian pop star encroaching on your aural safety; dependable earmuffs don’t come cheap, you know…
David Harfield is a freelance food and travel writer
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Need to book||Yes|
|Clientele||Locals, families and couples|
|Restaurant good for||Couples, Romance|
|Cost per head||Medium|
|Dress Code||Smart Casual|
Tsunami is the sister restaurant of Fuku, a teppanyaki restaurant at which the chefs prepare your food in front of your table.
The sushi is on the cheaper end at around $16 - $19 per dish, whereas the meat and fish main dishes are around $28 - $36.
Last updated on 29-05-2013