Tsuru, the Japanese word for “crane”, is a hidden and elegant Japanese restaurant tucked away on Little Collins Street, decorated with beautiful artistic Japanese panels, spacious seating dotted with plush cushions, and a peaceful ambience that transports you to the tranquility of Japan. We tried the $79 Feed Me tasting menu that features a selection of the chef’s favourite 8 dishes, and definitely very worth each penny!
The good fat: We started with some fresh oysters served with grapefruit Roku gin and caviar which was a light and easy start to open the palate. For the pan-fried edamame, the black sesame paste was an aromatic addition to a traditional dish.
The sake tartare, which featured a cured salmon belly tartare plated in the middle of a “moat” of sake that was lit on fire was not only a theatrical affair, but also one of the most smoothest and delicious tartares I’ve had. A spoonful of tartare on the homemade crispy nori made for a perfect tartare taco.
Tsuru’s generous Feed Me menu includes both the “Tempura Moriawase,” followed by the “Premium Sashimi Moriawase.” The juicy tempura prawns were definitely a favourite, coated by that light, crispy tempura batter, and the sashimi slices of salmon, snapper and tuna were very fresh.
One of the highlights of our Japanese dinner at Tsuru was the Nikomi Beef – succulent beef ribs already sliced cleanly off the bone, drizzled in a Japanese braise served with soft baby carrot & turnip. Definitely quite the melt-in-the-mouth moment! To balance the heaviness of beef, we were served the “Kani Chawanmushi,” as our last savoury dish. A perfectly steamed Japanese egg custard, braised mushroom hidden within, topped in a spanner crab sauce which swept luxuriously through the entire egg.
Dessert was the Haru Chocolate, a decadent and warm chocolate fondant, balanced with the sour freshness of yuzu jelly, passionfruit, and a green tea chocolate crumble soil.
The bad fat: The pan fried edamame was slightly undercooked and a little light on salt as the black sesame only provided the general aroma rather than flavour. Similarly, I would’ve liked a bit more flavour or umami for the tempura and its sauce.
CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE OF TSURU JAPANESE RESTAURANT HERE
2wofatgirls would like to thank Tsuru Japanese Restaurant, Melbourne CBD for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.