I also loved the story behind Kazuki's and its logo:
Mountain - Mt Fuji – Mt Franklin
Fish – Koi (Japanese carp) – Trout (Tuki rainbow trout)
Mist, cloud or water – connecting two countries
Water drops – The Southern Cross
Oak leaves – Kazuki’s family crést
Plum blossoms – Saori’s family crést
Bottom branch - Family (Kazuki, Saori & two children)
A man fishing at the top of Mt. F – Kazuki
Kazuki arrived in Daylesford a few years ago and he and his wife Saori set up Kazuki's which in its short life span has achieved its one hat award.
I loved the softness of the bread roll and the saltiness of the butter, reminiscent of Vegemite when spread on the bread.
I was offered another roll and I accepted but it never arrived. I was offered a roll three times by the three different wait staff and I accepted three times but said bread roll never materialised...but my plate was always there. They must have thought I ate a lot of rolls!
On a Saturday evening it's a fixed degustation menu with options to add some special courses. We decided to both go for an extra course of oysters and share the special luxury course of crab and shaved Spanish truffle.
The scallop ceviche, jalapeno, quinoa, coriander was breathtakingly delicious. The crunchy toastiness of the quinoa and the soft, sweet silkiness of the scallop, flavoured with a spike of jalapeno and the fragrance of coriander was just tongue tinglingly brilliant. Reminiscent of the wonder yellowtail sashimi with yuzu soy, coriander and jalapeno at Nobu, this little variation had an added textural dimension and more in depth sweetness from the scallop.
The ultimate special dish we decided to share followed - Spanner crab omelette, sauce american, avruga, shaved Spanish black truffle. Whilst this was good, it didn't overwhelm me with deliciousness like previous courses. The sauce american was a bit thousand island dressing like so too rich to eat by itself so a puddle of it was left.
Lemon verbena crème brûlée, cardamom, genji was dessert and I forgot to take a picture. I remember the creme brulee was good but I wasn't keen on the cardamom ice cream mainly because I'm not a fan of cardamom so it was never going to be a winner with me.
Dinner at Kazuki's was refreshing and we loved the clean flavours that came through each dish. It thoroughly deserves the acclaim it is receiving and I would definitely recommend people to try it.