We’ve all been wondering what Shaun Presland has been planning since his departure from Ivy Teppanyaki. He’s been spotted recomposing the lunch menu at the Argyle to the tune of “turning Japanese”, and now he has opened a new restaurant in what was once the Argyle functions area – named Saké , under the Bavarian Hospitality Group.
The restaurant had that inviting brand new smell as the aroma from the cedar wood hit me when I walked in. It was lovely to see lots of familiar faces from the Teppanyaki crew. The walls are decorated with barrels of Kozaemon Sake (the Nakashima Saké Brewing Company’s signature label) and handmade in the mountains of Japan’s Gifu prefecture. Shaun is the sole importer of the 300 year old brewery in Australia.
Before I settle myself into various types of Sake I thought I would start with a ‘Skinny Sumo’ (Shochu Tantakatan, lime juice, shiso leaf, vanilla sugar & sparkling wine). The addition of shiso leaf in a cocktail really gives this a fresh edge.
There are numerous nuances from Shaun’s past restaurants floating in the menu, such as the new style sashimi from Nobu, the spicy salmon salad from Teppan, or the perfectly manicured Philadelphia rolls from Sushi-E… all dishes that lacked “the vibe” after Shaun’s departure. I welcome them back with open arms.
Without further ado – let me show you the awesomeness that is Sake Restaurant:
There’s something for everyone – even a kid’s menu, gluten free options, and a “no raw” menu (for all of the unadventurous ones out there), and a great functions menu offering. Ask Rupert about their upcoming sake tasting events!
Saké Restaurant & Bar contemporary japanese cuisine
12 Argyle Street The Rocks Sydney NSW 2000
Tel +61(2) 9259 5656 Fax +61(2) 9241 1613