I’ve been wanting to try Japone Sushi, one of the newest sushi joints on King Street, since they first opened but life got in the way. My expectations, based on Urbanspoon reviews, were pretty high. The super small restaurant was packed the day we went, but luckily a couple of minutes later there was a table available.
The waiter and waitress, who were both very friendly and polite, had a hard time trying to keep up with the orders and we had to wait to get our table cleaned up. Then we kinda made things harder for the waitress by asking if certain items were gluten-free (but she should know, right?) so that she had to go and ask several times. In the end I walked up to the kitchen to ask the chef directly. We ordered stuff that had gluten in the sauce only (as in soy sauce) and were kindly given a bottle of gluten-free soy sauce to have at the table.
We started out with three nice dishes. You’ll have to believe every word I say because I managed to lose the photos. Sorry about that! The Granny salmon ($12.80), seared annato-seasoned salmon with Granny Smith apple, basil wasabi aioli and apple ponzu sauce was nice, although the flavours were on the subtle side. I did not taste the basil at all.
The tuna tartare ($12.90), chopped fresh tuna, avocado, takuwan, with yuzu soy sauce and fish roe was also good and fresh. Both entrées and the seaweed salad ($6.00) with citrus miso dressing were polished in no time (they were small, we were hungry).
Next came the 15-piece sashimi, served on ice, which was genius. You could tell the fish was fresh to start with, and was kept even fresher thanks to the ice. If only they didn’t put tacky lights underneath the ice…
Sashimi (15 pieces – $30.00)
Everything had been good so far but we were still hungry. Since most customer reviews mention the sushi, we ordered a rainbow roll, a California roll topped with avocado, tuna, salmon, kingfish, and snapper. Very beautiful to watch, but unfortunately the rice was dry and underseasoned.
Rainbow roll (8 pieces – $12.80)
And we were still hungry. Okay, maybe not hungry but feeling like we needed a bit of a “closure”. Our choice of “dessert” was a serving of hot fries with yuzu wasabi mayonnaise. The fries were very ordinary but the sauce was good.
Hot fries ($6.00)
381 King St
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9517 3664
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