>> June 26, 2009
There are only approximately three Japanese restaurants in Hurstville. And one of them is a sushi train, so I guess there's really only two. Kagaya is by far the most popular. There are a number of possible reasons why:
A. Lack of competition
B. Low prices
Due to its popularity, I was a bit worried about showing up on a Thursday night (late night shopping night!) during dinner rush hour without a reservation. But it seemed like Lady Luck was on our side because there was a free table for two!
There has also been a new addition since I last visited - a flatscreen TV! How Asian. Gotta love it. Especially since it meant that I got to see who was eliminated from Masterchef!
The staff are quite efficient and we were soon seated with menus.
I have to admit, I always get the same thing whenever I come to Kagaya. And since this one thing is a set menu for two, it means convincing my dining companion to share with me. Luckily, it is such a good value meal that they find it hard to refuse. And besides, one wouldn't order the same thing every time if it wasn't good, right?
Kagaya has a number of set dinners which are reputed to be the best value choice from the menu. There are Eel dinners, Tempura dinners etc. My favourite is the Teriyaki Dinner Set, which is what we ordered tonight (again).
It is $35.80 for two people. And for that price, you receive the following:
Actually, you receive this no matter what you order. They are usually brought out to you as soon as you order. It is very fresh and clean tasting.
This is the chawan- mushi
Bowl of rice (each) - they are quite generous with the serving. I didn't finish my bowl.
Sorry about the teriyaki sauce marring the perfect white of the rice. I started eating before I remembered to take a photo. Oops.
We chose the sashimi boat which includes salmon, tuna, kingfish and squid.
Closeup of the sashimi selection
The salad that they use is cabbage, slice of tomato, cucumber and lemon with a dollop of mayonnaise.
This is the Teriyaki Chicken
And finally for dessert, one scoop of green tea ice cream each!
The whole bowl is cold so I assume that they prescoop them and hold them in a big fridge until dinner time! I also think that they make it themselves. Sometimes it's been a bit runny, as though the ice cream hasn't had enough time to set but this time, it was nice and solid.
I think that's pretty good for just under $18 each, don't you?