After weeks of drooling over other people’s Instragram photos, I went out with a bunch of girlfriends for dinner at James Parker Sushi and Sake Bar in Northbridge.
In fact, I like it so much that I went a second time, with a different group of girlfriends.
I really liked the spacey woodwork entrance of the restaurant. It felt a bit 2001: Space Odyssey.
The service was fantastic. The wait person helped us with ordering, making sure we didn’t order too much, and she was very patient with our indecision.
My absolute favourite dish was the Fresh Tuna Aburi ($21).
It was served on a bed of spinach, and topped with other condiments and a lovely ponzu sauce. The tuna was deep pink, wonderfully fresh, and the sear was done perfectly.
The flavours, the textures, the freshness… it was orgasmic!
I also enjoyed the Wagyu Beef Tataki with ponzu sauce jelly ($20).
The beef slices were delicious. However I felt that there was a bit too much ponzu jelly with each slice, which overpowered each mouthful with an intense sourness that I didn’t like. I had to scrape off some of the jelly to enjoy it.
Next up, we had the Assorted Sashimi of JP ($52).
I winced at the price of this dish. But I guess with sashimi, you usually get what you pay for.
This assorted plate was lovely, fresh and I enjoyed it. It wasn’t mind-blowing, but I felt it was good value.
We also had a few sushi rolls, not pictured (Eel Dragon Roll $20, Soft Shell Crab Spider Roll $20, and our favourite, the Aburi Wagu Roll $20) and they were very delicious too.
The let down for me was the Soft Shell Crab ($18) as it was a bit soggy and too salty. I think I should have chosen the Chicken Karaage instead.
Would I go again? I think yes.
I like that it offers a simple, easy, fresh sushi menu, in a cosy, yet modern setting.
The location is central, with lots of late night cafes and bars to move on to after dinner. The service is great and lots of parking options available nearby.
James Parker Sushi and Sake Bar
182 James St, Northbridge
(Corner of James and Parker Street in Northbridge)