Sabu is an amazing Japanese fusion restaurant and sake bar located on "Eat Street" (Church St) in Parramatta. The doors of Sabu have been opened for a few months and this contemporary restaurant has already made its mark on this competitive dining strip in Sydney's heartland.
Image from Sabu's FB Page
The interior of the restaurant is moody, with subtle lighting and timber furniture throughout. Loads of large light fittings loom over head creating a very intimate space. There is an open kitchen where you can spy on all of the talented chefs creating their masterpieces. You can sit right up at the kitchen's edge on bar stools whilst you watch your lunch or dinner being created, or you can sit in the restaurant or out on the side walk whilst you watch the world go by.
The food at Sabu is sublime.They have a created a menu that is a fusion of both Japanese and Australian cuisines. There are spectacular looking sushi and sashimi platters that look as though they belong in an art gallery, delicate carpaccios, succulent robatas such as chicken yakitori and my favourite, the perfectly crisp tempura. The prawn tempura was a standout, 5 large king prawns perfectly cooked and served with a traditional tempura sauce, daikon and ginger oroshi.
For mains Sabu serve a choice between the Japanese/Aussie favourite wagyu beef with wasabi mash, braised pork belly with a cumin crumble and ginger galze and a few seafood delights such as scallops with pickled sea vegetables, shiitake and a flavoursome rich dashi espuma (foam).
Some people say that life is too short so eat dessert first. I'd have to agree after dining at Sabu. The desserts were mind blowing. Make sure you don't eat too much before your sweet course, so that you leave room in your belly for these divine creations - it's food artistry on a plate!
Snow: pistachio and matcha (green tea powder) Crumbs line the plate. Placed on top is a yuzu (a citrus fruit) parfait, then pistachio ice cream which is coated in the most beautiful pine foam and decorated with petite pansies! This dish was heavenly.
Satsuma Chocolate Garden: Soil (chocolate crumbs with popping candy!) , chocolate satsuma cream which is hiding juicy satsumas (mandarins) and a refreshingly tart satsuma sorbet on top that cuts through the richness of the chocolate perfectly.
Of course if one is dining on such delicious food you will also require a refreshing beverage to enjoy. The drinks list at Sabu doesn't disappoint. There is a fantastic choice of inventive cocktails such as 'Tokyo Blues': ocean blue cotton candy with subtle fruity undertones of blue curacao, raspberry vodka, yuzu and sparkling saké, finished with Japanese lemonade. If you prefer wine, the list is dominated by Aussie and NZ red and whites and has something for every palate. For those who prefer something non alcoholic there is a decent list of mocktails and soft drinks available to complement your meal.
As you are dining in a Japanese restaurant and sake bar, you should have a sake - the list of sake available is incredible. I had never realised that there is a sparkling sake before I dined at Sabu. If like me your knowledge of sake is limited than you should try a sake flight. You can choose between business or first class. This gives you a chance to sample the premium sakes available at Sabu - you sample 4 different sakes and of course first class offers a taste of the best sake available.
I should also mention here that we dined with our children the night we visited Sabu. The staff were very welcoming of our family and made every effort to make sure we were all comfortable. There is a children's menu for dinner and dessert. We ordered chicken karaage which came as a large enough serve to feed both of our preschoolers and they had ice cream and topping for dessert. The staff made sure that the children were served first and that they had drinks and were basically happy at all times.
I cannot fault Sabu. We had the most amazing meal and experience. Sabu is derived from the Japapnese word "to serve" and that is exactly what happened from the moment we walked through the door to the moment that we left - we were looked after incredibly well.