Are you looking for the ultimate Japanese experience?
Shiki Restaurant, located at the Intercontinental Hotel on North Terrace, will be sure to blow your mind.
Sit back and relax in-front of your personal chef who will put on a show as he creates spectacular meals right before your eyes.
Although it's not a place you can go all the time (unless you're cashed up), I would definitely recommend you try the set menu of 'Keyaki', which is a 9-course meal (I know it sounds like a lot but trust me, you will eat the entire thing regardless!)
The course begins with a sashimi selection of local seafood, which includes Tasmania Atlantic salmon, Queensland yellow fin tuna and Spencer Gulf king fish served with a light soy sauce. For me, this was the perfect beginning to something I knew was going to be amazing.
Second course was a Japanese wakame and tosaka seaweed salad with a sesame and citrus vinegar dressing. To be entirely honest, I felt like I was eating seaweed directly from the ocean, so this would have been the biggest downfall of all the different meals I tried. Nevertheless, it was a funky experience.
Next up was a tempura Queensland soft shell mud crab with a creamy miso sauce and I must say, it was so delicious that I was tempted to ask for more.
Soft shell mud crab
Fourth course was asparagus and snow peas in a sweet tonkatsu sauce; possibly the most amazing snow peas and asparagus I've ever tasted.
Now we're getting closer to the good part. Queensland barramundi served with a light soy butter sauce was the perfect follow up to all the meals I had tried. It just crumbled into pieces and was cooked to perfection.
The next course was probably one of my favourites - steamed Moreton Bay bugs in a garlic and herb butter. This was one of the meals I was not willing to share!
The seventh course was Premium Darling Downs wagyu beef striploin with green peppercorn. The most tender beef I have ever tried - and I'm not normally a beef kinda girl.
The last savoury dish to come out was one I had been craving for a long time - vegetable fried rice with miso soup and Japanese pickles. Everybody loves a good fried rice and our cute little chef (sorry, forgot his name) made it to perfection. Watching him as he cooked this was amazing to see - the technique he used had us all in awe.
Our chef cooking up a storm
Sadly, once dessert came out, I knew the courses were coming to an end - but at least it finished with a bang. Vanilla panna cotta with Mandarin segments was brought out in a martini glass and the flavours blew my mind. This was topped off with a beautifully fragranced T-bar green sencha tea to soothe and calm the stomach after eating so much.
This entire meal cost $140 per person, however it was definitely an experience of a life-time and I would recommend it to anyone who loves Japanese food.