I've actually been to Sake twice in the last week. One time was post tennis with Steve on the way home and the other was post work with Stef as a birthday celebration.
Both times were fun. During the visit with Steve one of our dishes was forgotten and took a long time to arrive so it was complimentary and rightly so but well done for fixing it. The second time, with Stef, we were busy chatting and one of the chefs tries to stack a dish on a shelf above us (we were sat at the sushi bar) and it falls through clattering down and upsetting our basket of dumplings. Cue free dumplings!
I've enjoyed the service at Sake. There's a Restaurant Manager there called Anthony who is friendly, fun and good at his job.
Kingfish jalapeno and a selection of seared nigiri. Both delicious.
Wagyu beef dumplings and Wagyu steak tartare with an egg puree and truffle oil. The beef dumpling were ok - the prawn ones are far superior. They were good when I came with Steve but dry and the wrapper thicker when I came with Stef so not so good. Good thing they were free huh?
The steak tartare is delicious - rich, truffley and decadent.
This is the braised belly pork with daikon and an egg. I love the intense flavours here and the dish which could so easily be heavy and rich is actually very light and homely. The broth mixed with rice is so tasty and the flavours are familiar and comforting. Like going home to grandma.
There's a special menu of salmon running at the moment and we went for the caramelised salmon fillet with spicy miso and pickled cucumber salad. I loved the soft and buttery fish, perfectly cooked so it's still so juicy inside and the pickled cucumber cuts through the oiliness of the fish. I loved this as a salmon fan and could tell it was superior salmon.
As non salmon lovers both Stef and Steve were less impressed. Steve just thought it was too salmony and it's not his kind of fish anyway. Stef thought the fish fillet was just too oily for her.
Stef let out it was my birthday and lovely Anthony provided us with a smorgasbord of dessert to work through which was a lovely gesture.
We worked our way through a milk and tapioca trifle, little pear pastry puffs, chocolate muffin, buttermilk panna cotta (amazing), sticky date and ginger pudding and a trio of ice creams (vanilla, watermelon, black sesame).
Sake is not cheap nor is it value for money but it is an enjoyable place to eat that is always fun. The ambience is buzzy, the location is great, the decor attractive, the wait staff welcoming and the food good.