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Sato Japanese Restaurant

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by Samantha Lau (subscribe)
Hi there! I'm Sammie, a Malaysian who's a lover of unicorns, bargains and adventures.
Published May 14th 2013
Sato for Sukiyaki
I absolutely love Japanese food. Sushi, sashimi, ramen, bento boxes and the works. My partner shares this same sentiment but he favours one dish above all others: sukiyaki. It's a type of Japanese hot pot where you dip in meat (usually thinly sliced beef) and a mixture of vegetables into a mix of soy sauce, sugar and mirin simmering in an iron pot. Sato, a Japanese restaurant on Melbourne St supposedly has the best sukiyaki in town. So on a cold gloomy evening, we headed to North Adelaide's Melbourne St to sample some tasty Japanese food.



It's a quaint, cosy restaurant that has a rather homey, welcoming feel. There is a tatami styled seating area for the bigger groups and regular tables and chairs all around.



Sato has a lot of different Japanese food to offer. There's the staple sushi and sashimi, but there's also more unique and authentic cuisine like hot pot dishes, a variety of rice and noodle dishes (both hot and cold). We decided to get sukiyaki and the Sato special.

The restaurant was at full capacity on that night and though the service was warm and friendly, it was a bit slow. To make up for the long wait, we were given a complimentary bowl of edamame .



The Sato special arrived soon after that. Their special sushi and sashimi platter is made up of 9 pieces of sashimi, 7 nigiri and 2 rolls for $28.50.

Sato special


The sashimi was really fresh and I really enjoyed it. Each individual piece seemed a bit small but when eaten all together they really fill you up. I loved the salmon sashimi; nothing beats fresh sashimi.

The sushi was but an appetiser for the main course; our steaming bowl of sukiyaki!



The iron pot is filled with sukiyaki stock: soy sauce and mirin base. It came with finely sliced pieces of prime beef and an assortment of vegetables, mushrooms and noodles.



It was actually my first time trying sukiyaki and I have to say, it was a fun experience to cook my own food. I do love a good hot pot. To me, the unique thing about sukiyaki was using raw egg as a dipping sauce for the food.



I was hesitant at first because hey, it's raw egg, not exactly a condiment you regularly use. But after much prompting from my partner, I tried it and never looked back. It tasted amazing! I thought that I'd get a really strong taste of raw egg but the flavour was subtle and instead blended really well with the sukiyaki stock. It really brought out the full flavour of the tender beef slices. I've become a fan after that first few bites.

I enjoyed my dining experience at Sato. The ambience was charming, the food was delicious albeit a bit on the pricey side. If it weren't for the long wait for the food, it would have been an amazing experience. Even so, I'm impressed at the quality of the service as well. Not many restaurants would offer a dish on the house because they made you wait. I wholeheartedly recommend Sato if you're ever in the mood for some authentic Japanese cuisine and I definitely urge you to try out their sukiyaki!
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Why? Great Japanese cuisine
When: Monday- Friday : 11am to 3pm Monday - Sunday: 6pm to 12pm
Phone: (08) 8267 3381
Where: 131 Melbourne St North Adelaide SA 5006
Cost: $20 per dish (average)
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