Sunday, 25 February 2018

Yakitori Jin - Haberfield, Sydney

There's a hidden gem of a Japanese restaurant in Haberfield and it goes by the name of Yakitori Jin. As you can tell by the name, it specialises in yakitori, chicken skewers grilled over hot charcoal. 

You'll find almost every cut of chicken there is, innards and all. 

Homemade gyoza

The homemade gyoza are juicy, perfectly pan fried and served with a zesty dipping sauce.

Chicken heart

This was my first time trying chicken heart, and it actually was tastier than I expected it to be. The texture is quite interesting with a spongy consistency. 

Mixed yakitori

This plate was off the specials menu and included a prawn skewer, wagyu skewer and a cherry tomato and camembert skewer. This also came with some chicken skewers (not pictured). It was a good way to taste a variety of the yakitori,

Meatball tsukune with egg

This is my must order dish at any yakitori place; I love the chicken meatball especially when it comes with a slow cooked egg that you can use as a dipping sauce. 

Yakionigiri with Jin soup

The Jin soup is a salty chicken broth and comes with meat balls. The most satisfying part of this dish is breaking up the wonderfully crispy rice ball and dunking it into the soup. 

As you can see the restaurant itself is tiny with a handful of seats so bookings are definitely recommended. I rocked up with a friend on a weeknight about an hour and a half before the closing time hence why we had the place to ourselves.

Highly recommended for an authentic yakitori experience. The staff are absolutely lovely and the space is set up with a bar area where you can watch the chef in action.

Yakitori Jin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Three Blue Ducks - Rosebery, Sydney

Three Blue Ducks in Rosebery is housed in the industrial space where Kitchen by Mike used to be located. The light filled and spacious warehouse is shared with Koskela, a modern furniture and homewares shop. There's a lovely open kitchen where you can watch all the meal preparation in action.

Watermelon and lychee virgin mojito

I order a thirst quenching watermelon and lychee virgin mojito on this particularly hot and humid Sydney summer day. It's so hot that the ice melts pretty much instantly, which made the drink a bit watery, but in this heat it wasn't a bad thing.

The menu is a simple one featuring wholesome food and fresh local produce. 

Fried buttermilk chicken wings

The chicken wings come out piping out from the fryer and are served with a fermented chilli sauce. The light batter is well seasoned and adds a nice crunch. 

Wood roasted veggies

The wood roasted pumpkin, sweet potato carrot and  cauliflower are accompanied by a smoky baba ganoush and dukkah.

Twice cooked sticky chicken

The sticky chicken was my favourite dish, with juicy pieces of marinated chicken served with an asian twist. The salad of cucumber, cherry tomatoes, bean sprouts, cashew, red onion and coriander had a nice zest to it with a nam jim dressing.

Verdict? It was a great meal in a lovely space - Three Blue Ducks definitely fills the hole left by Kitchen By Mike. 

Three Blue Ducks Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato