Everyone already knows how much I love Japanese food. And it’s not just because it tastes completely awesome! You see, if I have any chance of growing up to be a decent ninja, I need to fuel my body with the right stuff. And the food at Yakitori Yurippi kicks serious butt, so I know it’s the perfect place for a growing ninja to eat.
Yakitori Yurippi is not fancy or anything but it feels and looks just like the places where we ate Yakitori in Japan. Which is how I like it.
Our host, Tin, who was super nice, invited us to try Yakitori Yurippi’s new menu as well as some of the popular dishes from the main menu.The food was really good and really authentic, which is what Tin told me he wants to serve people
As soon as we arrived Tin brought us bowls of Edamame and Gobou Chips, made from crispy battered burdock root.
I’d never heard of burdock before but these were amazing. They were savoury and yet somehow sweet at the same time. I demolished the whole plate while mama was busy squealing about the plum wine on the menu – she loves that stuff. And so do I. Not because I’ve ever tasted it, she wont let me try, but because I know that it keeps her distracted long enough for me to pig all the food.
This place serves mostly small dishes so we got to try a load of things. The (sushi grade) Hokkaido scallops with kombu butter were smoky, juicy, light and so, so yum. I could have eaten a hundred of them. Even the cabbage salad blew my mind. It was just raw cabbage with sesame, garlic and kombu but the taste was perfect.
One of my favourite dishes was tsukune – a chicken meatball on a stick (with sweet soy) served with a 63 degree egg. Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! All the flavours were great but the egg itself was epic! How have I lived without trying one my whole life?
The mochi bacon skewers were all chewy and charcoaly and reminded me a bit of some barbecued rice and pork sticks street food thingies I really loved at Fushimi Inari Temple in Kyoto.
Then came more stuff on sticks, like chicken yakitori, miso cod and fatty pork belly, which were so, so good.
The new winter sides were really interesting too. Oden is not Thor’s dad! That’s Odin. Oden is a Japanese stew (of eggs, daikon, konjac and fishcakes) served in a yummy soy, dashi and kombu broth. I think it’s definitely the kind of dish a ninja would fill up on a cold winter night for energy, so I had to eat it all up!
Ochazuke is a simple rice dish topped with kombu, shallot and a special sauce (ume shiso sauce) and served with chicken stock which you pour in at the table.
As a special treat I also got to try some Japanese potato salad. It looked like pink ice cream but tasted like heaven.
But then came the ACTUAL ice cream! It was a sticky yuzu sorbet that was like the best ice cream I ever ate.
I loved the food here almost as much as mama loved the plum wine and sake. I think we just found our new favourite local.
Reviewed by Raffles – Aged 8
(bracketed information by his mum)
7 Falcon Street,
Crows Nest NSW 2065
Ph: 0432 561 501
Disclosure: Raffles was a guest of Yakitori Yurippi