Katsu Yachiyo, Surry Hills
Katsu Yachiyo is the sister restaurant of Sushi Yachiyo in Darlinghurst. To be honest, I have never been to Sushi Yachiyo but was extremely keen to try Katsu Yachiyo – the word ‘Katsu’ really attracted me to it – katsu being deep fried.
Tucked away on Devonshire Street, the restaurant is quite small, and only opened late last year. Specials of the day and different types of imported sake on offer are written neatly on the blackboard.
I was catching up with the lovely M for dinner, everything on the menu sounded wonderful – some interesting things on the menu that we just couldn’t resist. We started with Nasudengaku ($12.80) – two different types of braised white and red miso reduction on top of fried eggplant. I love eggplant with miso, however, I thought the eggplant could have been cooked a little longer making it more moist.
Now yachiyo is known for their ‘fried’ stuff. We ordered two servings of kakifurai ($3.50 each) – fried oysters and they were fantastic! Crispy crumbs, it was light and not sickening. Pity the oyster was tiny, it would be juicer and plump if it was bigger.
Wagyu cheek ($4.50 each) – 2 days braised wagyu cheek covered in crisp bread crumb with red bean miso reduction was amazingly good! The braised wagyu cheek was tender that it just melted in my mouth and the bread crumb again light and not sickening. We had the last one, and shared this, I am sure we could have eaten one each.
We also ordered another katsu special – pork with cheese ($3.50 each) it was good but the wagyu cheek was infinitely better!
The most disappointing dish we had was Yachiyo Chicken Karaage ($17.80) – fried chicken marinated in soy sauce and miso. The batter was all so wrong, it was like fish and chips batter, and the cut of the chicken also I thought was wrong. Oddly though, I saw a few tables ordering this. I was looking forward to a good chicken karaage and this was totally a bit disappointment.
Thankfully our next dish made up for it! Kurobuta Yawarakani ($22.50) – pork spare rib and belly braised in soy sauce stock for 2 days was fabulous! The pork spare rib was so tender that the bone was definitely eatable! The pork belly melted in my mouth – it was divine!
I hear the sake is imported direct from the producer. Overall the food was good, it’s a shame that the chicken karaage was SO disappointing! Would definitely be keen to try their sushi or their sister restaurant in Darlinghurst.
GA’s rating: 7 / 10
208 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills 2010
Ph: +61 2 9690 2424