The silver cod lettuce cups came next - 4 pieces of grilled miso-marinated silver cod in lettuce cups. The last time I was there we had it as a whole piece of fish and felt that although it was good it was missing a certain sweetness. Well this time we had that sticky sweetness counterbalanced with savoury fish and a crunchy topping. Beautiful morsels of fishy goodness.
We were advised by our friendly waitress to try the tuna tasting plate for 2 comprising of tuna and avocado sushi rolls, tuna tataki salad with white dressing & tuna tacos with Kozaemon Junmai 'sake shots'. Whilst we enjoyed the freshness of the sushi rolls and the crunch of the taco, we didn't quite get the connection between the sake and the tuna. The sake was quite overpowering whereas the the tuna dishes were all very clean and minimalist.
The Wagyu teriyaki grainfed wagyu 7+ cooked medium rare, served on
sautéed shiitake & buckwheat with yakiniku sauce was delicious with generous thick slices of beef that were beautifully cooked with a sticky sweet and soy sauce. This is such a crowd pleaser dish that I cannot imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy it.
We loved the passion and genuine hospitality shown by the wait staff. Our waitress was so keen to show off the dishes and proud of where she worked. Bartender Ben was a true professional, chatting to two ladies in a charming way and entertaining us the whole evening. There was no Melbourne hipster "pretentiousness" when we asked for a drop of Baileys in the espresso martini and asked ignorant questions about sake and plum wine.
Sake is just so shiny and an exciting place to go. There's a sense of pride in place and food is on the whole really good. The only area where I feel there could be tweaked a little is the cocktail list as it stands is a little limited for Melbourne standards and there's not really enough on there to rock my world! I'd love to see some more fruit based flavours - martinis, highballs, shorts and let's not forget there's glitter and sparkly bits in the cocktails at Nobu so the bar is high!