For my brother's 24th birthday this year, we went to one of our favourite restaurants, Kenzan in the city. I haven't been there since I was a young girl. Aah.. how I love it.
Kenzan Japanese Restaurant
45 Collins Street (56 Flinders Lane)
We started with delicious edamame (beans), which are given FOC when you sit down.
And started, as usual, with the massive assorted sushi/sashimi platter. DELICIOUS.
sushi sashimi moriawase
For mains, Mum and Dad both had tempura and rice.
I was disappointed that they no longer have tonkatsu on the menu, now that I'm back on pork. But I was more than happy with my choice of mains (2 entrees, really)... Smoked tuna with eggplant...
eggplant and smoked tuna
..and salt grilled ox tongue. Ox tongue is one of my favourite foods on the planet. Here it was served with Cupie mayonnaise, my other favourite food on the planet. Wow. (However, I have to admit, as great as this one was, I prefer the late great Oobata-san's version from Asukatei).
Daniel had salmon teriyaki.
And for dessert... Daniel had green tea and vanilla ice-creams.
green tea and vanilla ice-cream
Mum and Dad shared green-tea ice-cream with red-bean (I couldn't find the photo, sorry)...
But my dessert was the best!
White sesame mousse, filled with redbean and a whole chestnut, with black sesame sauce
inside of mousse
It was absolutely divine.... I love the Japanese spin on Western desserts!
And yes, after all that, we still came home and found room for cake. It was a Laurent hazelnut chocolate mousse cake, it was rich, it was sweet. It was almost like eating a stick of butter, but much tastier.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANIEL!