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I met up with J.ma for what was supposed to be our once-a-fortnight-catch-up but only two months delayed (hahah we suck!). Because I was still craving Japanese food, we decided to go to Kobe Jones.
Nice views of the harbour and the city. Always a plus.
Pretty venue. Another plus.
On the left, a Pineapple passion - pineapple, orange and strawberry.
On the right, a Lychini - a sweet lychee mocktail with hints of apple and rose.
Chicken teriyaki roulade - cooked robata style served with teriyaki sauce, seasonal vegetables and creamy mushroom duxelle.
No complaints about the chicken (the meat was somewhat tender and the flavouring was spot on teriyaki). I don’t recall tasting or seeing anything that resembles mushroom in the dish though…
I was a little hesitant about this as wasabi-flavoured anything can turn out very bad. But it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Very creamy taste and fluffy in texture. And it really complimented the chicken teriyaki. Although, the only hint of wasabi in this dish would be the very very slight tinge of green it provided. Taste wise, no traces of wasabi at all.
Anago scallops - tempura Hokkaido scallops stuffed with crab salad and asparagus, drizzled with a bittersweet soy sauce glaze.
Again, no complaints about the taste. One each probably would have been enough though. I struggled to get through the last one, which we had halved.
Volcano roll - oven baked scallops layered on a crab salad avocado roll, with special cream sauce and sesame seed and shallot sprinkle.
I think this is one of their specialty dishes. With their special cream sauce. The dish is good in small doses and deadly with larger doses. The first few bites were good but then it reached the point where the mayonnaise-like sauce flavour was a bit too much. And there was no end in sight as the overwhelming feeling kept worsening. They should really check their sushi roll to special sauce ratio…
Clearer view of the crab salad avocado rolls at the bottom.
As the meal progressed, I could feel myself sitting more and more upright to accommodate all that food that was going in my tummy and by the end, a partial food coma was inevitable. And to think they actually recommended two dishes EACH! We had ordered 3 dishes and one side, thinking that we’d have room for dessert. Needless to say, we did not have room for dessert. Which is a shame because their dessert menu looked really great.
Overall, the food wasn’t too bad or spectacular (considering the price) but having said that, I think it’s safe to assume that tonight’s dinner has proved successful in satisfying my Japanese food urges. That, in addition to putting me off mayonnaise for what probably will be quite a while…
Waterfront venues, Level 1
427 Docklands Drive
Docklands, Victoria, 3008