Four days into doing FebFast, Chris and I were at a loss for what to do for dinner tonight when I remembered Hilda suggesting we tried Salaryman in Surry Hills as we walked to her car after dinner last night.
Parking was a bit of a pain because we had to drive around the block a couple of times before we found a spot. By the time we got there, it was about 6:30PM and it was already full of diners.
Luckily, we still managed to snag a spot on a communal table with an Asian group who quite obviously were trying Salaryman out for the first time. This made me feel a lot more comfortable taking photos of my food on my iPhone!
Though, I would have much preferred snapping food photos on my Olympus so I could relive the meal over and over.
We started with this delish plate of kingfish sashimi with yuzu, soy, ginger and avocado. Fresh kingfish makes all the difference and the yuzu, soy and ginger complemented the fish well.
I don’t think I’ve had kingfish this good since that time my ex went fishing with his buddy (and maybe one of his side chicks too? lol) one early morning and delivered some freshly sashimi’ed kingfish the same afternoon. Nom nom nom!
The Gold Band Pacific Oysters with miso vinaigrette arrived when we were just about to tuck into that kingfish. I haven’t had many oysters in my lifetime so my opinion on these may not mean much but I think the oysters I had with Hilda at Ester fared better.
Perhaps it was because there wasn’t enough miso vinaigrette to go with the oysters themselves, or I just don’t really know what to expect. Chris had one too and he absolutely HATES seafood. LOL JK. But seriously, he didn’t mind these oysters… which says a lot!
This was the prawn toast okonomiyaki which Chris totally digs. Bonito flakes aside, he loved everything about this dish but especially the deep fried goodness of the prawn toast bit itself. I guess we didn’t really know what to expect when we ordered this because.. umm prawn toast + okonomiyaki?
Chris says he’d 100% order this again, and if he could only order one thing on the menu it would be this again.
Chris wanted to try the scampi because he has never tried it(?) and has heard others rave about it so we ordered this Scampi robata with chilli and lemon. This dish took forever to come out and I can’t say it was entirely worth the wait.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the smoky charcoal flavour of the scampi flesh with the lemon and chilli but it wasn’t OMGAMAZING. But it did smell freaking amazing, I’m just not sure we’d order it again.
Then, of course, came our ramen! I ordered the shiitake mushroom vegetarian ramen while Chris ordered the pippie and pork ramen. We both ordered half-portions because we knew we had a tendency to over-order, especially when it comes to Japanese food.
My ramen’s broth was so beautifully light, not too salty but still rich in flavour and the noodles were perfectly al dente. I couldn’t figure out what that wrinkly orange thing was until I realise until I took a bite out of it 😀 Ha ha.
According to Chris, the pippie and pork ramen was very rich but he still liked it. He says it has a more modern/fusion feel to it compared to the more traditional ramen joints around Sydney. This was also one of the dishes that was recommended to us by a couple of our friends and Chris also recommends that I get this next time we go.
We didn’t get a chance to try any of the cocktails either, so we will have to go again… any excuse will do.
All in all, ’twas a very good meal and I definitely recommend trying the kingfish, the prawn toast okonomiyaki and my mushroom ramen!