The Japanese all-you-can-eat juggernaut that is Okami has finally set up shop in Adelaide. We visited the Newton branch to test out this reasonably new, some might call it crazy, dining concept for Adelaide. Yes, I know smorgasbords have been around for ages - but this is a Japanese smorgasbord.
Okami doesn't look like much from the outside - it's situated in a fairly old building at the top end of Montacute Road. However, they've given the interior a complete make-over to create a bustling room with a Japanese feel but with plenty of space and a modern look. It can be a bit noisy when it's busy but that's okay every now and then.
Some might say they're crazy offering all you can eat sushi and Japanese cuisine and I'm sure many people get more value out of it than others. We ordered a wide selection of dishes (including seafood) and along with drinks our bill was definitely cheaper than any other sushi restaurant we've dined at. The best thing about this is that there's not an awful lot of difference in the quality and quantity of the food.
The table service is quick. We'd barely had a chance to decide on drinks let alone get our heads around the menu when service arrived. We ordered drinks and edamame to buy ourselves some time to consider the menu in detail.
The menu is divided into entrée, mains, and dessert sections but don't let that discourage you from mixing it up. We started with a plate of large and delicious chilled cooked prawns. I'm used to seeing small prawns at these smorgasbord or all-you-can-eat arrangements so these big prawns were a surprise. Next up were perfectly prepared Gyoza (dumplings), beef carpaccio (we ordered three just to make sure it was good), chicken karaage, and a perfectly portioned sushi and sashimi platter.
For the mains, we ordered miso steak, chicken katsu and mushroom salad. All are delicious although maybe a little rich. After these we were hitting our limit and feeling full… but we went for a cold soba noodle dish and some more prawns anyway.
I love dessert menus where you get to try a bit of everything and the green tea ice cream, black sesame ice cream, and the little fried cake (called a Taiyaki) are all subtly sweet and lip-smackingly refreshing.
Bottom line? You'll get a full-on modern Japanese meal at a small price at Okami and it's about time they came to Adelaide.
Okami has an extensive drinks menu with soft drinks, sweet drinks and juices, Japanese and other spirits, ciders, beers, wines, and tea and coffee. Who doesn't love those cool 'glass jar with a handle' mugs?