Dee Why Beach is one of my favourite destinations on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Not only is it great for families and sought after by surfers, it's also well known for its fabulous restaurant and cafe strip.
Late last year, the popular Deck Bar, situated on The Strand at Dee Why Beach, closed. The space was revamped and reopened as Deck 23. New owner and Head Chef Jiro Numata has created an authentic modern Japanese menu, where his preparation, using seasonal fresh ingredients, and presentation are as important as the flavours.
I really love the simplicity and freshness of Japanese cuisine and this is often my food choice when dining out. I also had chosen Deck 23 as I had heard from friends it was relatively new and served excellent quality Japanese food. The bonus was the restaurant and bar overlook beautiful Dee Why Beach.
Our table was located on the balcony overlooking the ocean and the waiter was friendly and efficient. We decided the best way to try out the food was to select the $50 tasting menu, which consisted of 10 delicious courses.
First up was warm salted edamame beans. These are perfect to spike your appetite while chatting over a cocktail or beer.
Crackling Cocktail. A colourful presentation served in a cocktail glass surrounded by prawn crackers. Each mouthful created an exquisite taste and texture sensation. The tiny fish roe eggs popped in my mouth, oozing hits of delicious salty flavour over chunks of tuna and crunchy prawn cracker. This dish was so good!
Cauliflower Tempura with Truffle oil. Cauliflower has become even more popular in recent years for its low-calorie content and great health benefits and even as an alternative to rice. This vegetable dish using tempura batter and a hint of truffle oil was surprisingly tasty and filling.
Popcorn Prawn Roll & Aburi Salmon roll. This dish was almost too pretty to eat. Beautiful presentation and each slice of the roll had so much flavour from the mix of different ingredients and textures.
By this stage of the menu, we felt our waists start to tighten. When you order Japanese food, you might think you won't get enough food. Let me assure you that the tasting menu is plentiful and filling!
The high-grade of Wagyu had been cooked just right. Each piece was a thick juicy pillow of delicious rich buttery meat. In fact, we realised it was easier to bite small pieces of the meat and savour each tasty morsel.
The dessert was ice cream. This was just what we needed after enjoying the variety of tantalising flavours and textures. We chose vanilla and lime ice cream. I have to say my choice of lime was the winner.
Deck 23 had lived up to its reputation as a really enjoyable experience and the food was so delicious and beautifully presented. I highly recommend Deck 23 if you love Japanese cuisine and the bonus of a stunning ocean view. It's also good to remember this venue as a great choice for a celebration or special event. Check out their website for more details.