To be honest, I don't really like to dine out too often because I'm a bigger fan of cooking. The main reason I eat out is to experience different cooking techniques and see how chefs pair different ingredients and cooking styles - it's something that intrigues me greatly.
Or...if I end uni late and by the time I get home and cook, it'll be 8:30pm by which time I'll be starving and on the brink of dying. Ok I exaggerate but you get the point =P This was one of those nights, yet another spontaneous dinner with my brother GC!
We've always wanted to visit Nine Fine Food, but having a large family and fussy eaters makes it a bit difficult so this was a good choice for just the two of us.
Agedashi Toothfish (Patagonian toothfish, soft tofu, mushrooms, wakame in agedashi broth)
GC started off with the Agedashi Toothfish, which sat atop agedashi tofu, in a light dashi broth. The tempura for both the toothfish and tofu were spot-on. Light, crunchy and not doughy. The mushrooms in the dashi broth were a welcomed addition for me (GC doesn't like mushrooms much) and the broth, though salty for me, was umami. Thumbs up for this!
Sashimi (fresh sashimi combination)
Pork & Pork (pork belly, grilled fillets, tempura bacon, apple mango chilli sauce)
Lamb & Scallop (braised lamb shoulder, grilled scallop, balsamic soy dressing)
Chicken & Lamb (marinated fried chicken, poached chicken breast, lamb back strap fillets, vegetable pancake, balsamic soy dressing)
Barramundi & Prawn (barrumundi fillet, garlic chilli prawns, vegetable pancake, plum miso and chilli sauce)
Kurogoma gelato, Matcha brulee
The matcha brulee was also good, though lacking a robust matcha flavour, or maybe we both just like it stronger...? haha. Some people might think it's not set enough, but I like my brulees on the softer side so I was happy with the texture.
There were some hit & misses, but overall a great night and definitely worth a try. As mentioned, we were incredibly full after so if there's a next time, I'm definitely going a la carte or getting the 3-course set menu! Apologies for the poor photos! It's very dim in the restaurant, and I only had my iphone =(
I'm not really a huge fan of fusion Japanese...I like my Japanese food traditionally prepared with classic flavours, but this was still an interesting experience, from which I have gotten some cooking ideas =P
I think it's definitely a place to try, especially if you're interested in more modern Japanese food. The setting is nice and quiet, and we saw quite a few couples there (presumably having date nights =)).
Nine Fine Food
227 Bulwer St (Cnr. Lake St. & Bulwer St),
HIGHGATE WA 6003
(08) 9227 9999
Thanks for reading!! ^^