Sunday, 5 August 2012

Jugemu & Shimbashi - Neutral Bay, Sydney

If you're looking for the best okonomiyaki in Sydney, or 'Japanese pancake' for those like me who can't pronounce the latter, then look no further than Jugemu & Shimbashi, a Japanese restaurant specialising in handmade soba noodles and okonomiyaki (a 5 minute drive from the new place!)

Jugemu & Shimbashi is actually 2 separate sides of a restaurant, Jegemu is the teppanyaki side, where you can take a seat right in front of the teppanyaki chefs - it's quite fun watching them efficiently creating the pancakes and other teppanyaki items.

The Shimbashi side is where the handmade soba noodles are made on the premises.  I've been wanting to try this restaurant ever since I've seen the pretty pancakes featured in a lot of food blogs - shame it's taken me this long to get around to it! Bookings are highly recommended - I walked in on a late Saturday night one time, and was only just lucky enough to grab some seats at the teppanyaki, in an otherwise full house.

Edamame - always a great way to start the meal

Frozen sake - very fun and easy to drink in a slurpee like consistency, drink it quick though if you're sitting next to the teppanyaki...

Soba chips and dip - deliciously crispy thick soba chips with a salmon and avocado dip. Perfect snack to pair with drinks. 

Grilled scallops with wasabi mayo - half the fun is watching them make it right in front of you, so get a seat at the teppanyaki if you can (warning: you will smell like BBQ afterwards)

And of course, we couldn't go to a restaurant that specialises in handmade soba noodles without trying them out. This is the cold soba noodle dish. 
Jugemu special okonomiyaki - the special contains pretty much everything you can think of, including pork and seafood. This is definitely my favourite one out of all the flavours I've tried.

Jugemu special sushi roll with spicy tuna

Tuna tataki - with an interesting citrus flavour that didn't quite pair with it 

Crispy and addictive whitebait with a mayo dipping sauce

Jugemu tasting plate - namban pickles, grilled chicken, squid & dashi maki tamago (egg roll), 

This was the wagyu and garlic chip okonomiyaki, and boy, it packs a garlic punch - enough to ward off a village of vampires, avoid if you're on a date :P

Duck soba noodle soup

Dessert time

Shiritama Anmitsu - Traditional Japanese dessert with sweet dumplings, agar agar jelly, fruit salad and red bean

Ice-cream tempura with berry coulis

Definitely a must visit for the okonomiyaki and handmade soba noodles!

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Tina@foodboozeshoes said...

The duck looks crazy fatty, but everything else looks spectacular! I've been meaning to get here forever too...

sarayh said...

Yum! Looks delicious, I'm craving Japanese now!

Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) said...

Love both the soba and okonomiyaki here! Both sides of the restaurant are equally as good, plus the husband likes the tempura ice cream =p

chocolatesuze said...

mmm love whitebait!

Tina @ bitemeshowme said...

I don't even bother pronouncing it either so Japanese pancake it is! If only it wasn't so far for me to trek to.. i love me a good japanese feed. I really want those scallops!

Vivian - vxdollface said...

oooh slushee sake sounds like a treat! will make sure i try the okonomiyaki when i go :)

sugarpuffi said...

whaa i really want to try the frozen sake!

Nic@diningwithastud said...

Delicious! I need to go :(