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Sake Restaurant & Bar

A Japanese sharing menu and a killer sake list.
By Amy Collins and Gary Brun
May 17, 2013
By Amy Collins and Gary Brun
May 17, 2013

The arts precinct just keeps getting better when it comes to dining out. Sake Restaurant & Bar has set up shop downstairs at Hamer Hall. Starting in Sydney and Brisbane, Sake has brought its sharing philosophy, extensive cocktail list and beautiful interior south.

Found along the riverside, Sake made a smart move installing floor-to-ceiling windows on one side. Interior design house Luchetti Krelle has utilised the whole space beautifully. Inside, there are small booths perfect for intimate dinners, a string of bar seating perfect for watching the action and outdoor seats that are just asking for summer to hurry up.

The menu is deigned to share, a direction many a new restaurant is taking. Start with hiramasa kingfish with lime and jelapeno kosho and coriander infused ponzu or teriyaki lamb chops with basil miso, sesame seeds and teriyaki sauce. For mains, the icon wagyu striploin with ponzu and yakinku sauce is cooked rare and packs a real flavour, while the steamed Murray cod with tomato shiso dashi and salmon roe is ridiculously moreish.

Sushi and sashimi are given their own menu here. The kingfish belly is a hit while you can also head over to sushi maki territory and try the shiro maki roll with snapper, cucumber, chives, plum paste and dancing bonito.

The cocktail list takes inspiration from Japanese ingredients while the wine list has a strong focus on local producers. 

This is the perfect place for a plate of sashimi, a sip of sake and a killer view. As the sun goes down and the lights turn on, the city looks pretty good from Sake.

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