Zen Japanese Restaurant, Subiaco

Looking for a Japanese place in Subiaco, a few friends and I decided to visit Zen Japanese based on a suggestion by The Food Forager. Thankfully, this place didn’t disappoint us and I thoroughly enjoyed the super fresh sashimi and other dishes that night.

When we first entered the restaurant there was no one inside besides the owner/chef and one waitress. Typically this isn’t a sign of good food, however my theory was wrong. We started off with Beef Tataki ($14.80) and some Salt & Pepper Squid ($12.80). The beef was tender, served with a ponzu sauce and garlic chips. The squid rings, were served with a wasabi mayo dipping sauce and was seasoned very well.

For mains we decided to share the Large Assorted Sashimi ($36.80) and the Zen Spider Roll ($17.80), which is a soft shell crab sushi roll. To our surprise the colourful sushi and sashimi came out on a large boat, 10/10 for presentation!

We also had some cooked dishes, the Grilled King Fish Wings ($15.80) and Beef Fillet Steak ($29.80). The wings were soft and flake, while the beef was cooked perfectly to medium rare, where it was still pink in the middle. It was also served with lots of vegetables and sauce, super satisfying with a bowl of warm Japanese rice.

Before we headed out, the waitress stopped us to give us some complimentary dessert, a sweet and creamy Panna Cotta. Overall, the pricing was reasonable for the quality of the food and the service was lovely. Looking forward to returning for more fresh off the boat sashimi!

Rating: 7.5 out of 10 

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Architects and Heroes, Subiaco

IMG_1680 This busy café located in the heart of Subiaco is a great setting for breakfast dates, coffee catch-ups or time with your favourite book. After seeing so many photos of their very popular Crumpets with popping candy on Instagram I had to try them myself.

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Being both indecisive and greedy, I ordered three dishes to share between the two of us. I don't usually order eggs and toast, because personally I think it's a bit boring and I can make it at home myself. But, my friend insisted we had to get it and I have to agree with him that they are delicious. The eggs were perfectly cooked, just how you would want it and the bread used was great for wiping up the runny yolk.

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63 degree egg on toast ($10)

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IMG_1685Crumpets with macerated strawberries & vanilla mascarpone, pecan butterscotch mixed nuts and popping candy ($16)

The macerated strawberries and butterscotch on top of the fluffy crumpet made this a very sweet dish, a good choice for those with a sweet tooth. It always brings a sense of fun and nostalgia when popping candy is involved.

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IMG_1691Coffee butter steak, chimichurri, peri peri chips ($21)

I couldn’t really taste the coffee butter but this dish was delicious, a little pricey for the portion size, but I would still order it again. This is more of a lunch rather than breakfast choice.

I will definitely need to make another trip back here, to extensively try the other dishes on the menu. On the next visit I will have to order the Sparkling Cascara Iced Tea, because it’s served with fairy floss!

Rating: 8 out of 10

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