Imagine a great Japanese restaurant that looks and feels like a small bar – and you’ll come close to picturing Kuki Tanuki.
I’m feeling lazy this week, so I’ll write half this review in point form:
- The sashimi is fresh and melts in your mouth
- There’s a great selection of sakes (and our waitress knew a lot about them)
- The décor is dark and eclectic, with Japanese cartoon characters and retro posters on the walls, Japanese milk crates acting as seats, a brown vintage sofa in the hall and fake grass out the back.
Aside from the sashimi (we spent $32 for 18 pieces, which was well worth it) I’d suggest the tempura olives ($6.5 – these just burst with flavour in your mouth) and the soft shell crab tempura for $18 (this was awesome and tender, although in retrospect I wouldn’t have ordered two tempura dishes – I could feel my arteries clogging up by the end).
Drinks wise they also have a solid selection of Japanese beers, shochus and cocktails – but to be honest, I think you’d have to be nuts to order cocktails in a Japanese bar. Sake is such a beautiful, complex and flavoursome drink (at least the good ones are) that mixing it with other ingredients is a sin against distillery (it’s like making beer cocktails, which are an abomination).
And on that rant, I’ll stop typing. My cat needs me.
Kuki Tanuki, 61 Erskineville Road, Erskineville. Open every day. Phone 8084 7438 to book (we recommend it)
Now it’s your turn – how do you rate Kuki Tanuki?