CL found Ayama in The Age Good Food Guide 2008 which we had. We decided to give it a try and manage to reserve a table before we left the house. The place was pretty empty when we arrived. There was a table of 10 boys/guys and we were the 2nd table.
From memory the menu was not huge, craving for the night for us was sashimi. I was pretty determine to make sure I have space for dessert at end of the meal, therefore we decided to order a main size of mixture of sushi & sashimi, a main size of mixed tempura, a bowl of rice for CL to go with his tempura.
My initial impression was the restaurant was managed/owned by HK. But during the wait, we notice 1 of the guy from the table of 10 was chatting with the chef and waitress (guessing boss and wife) in Japanese. I’m definitely wrong about their origin….hell knows why I thought they are HK. Later part we found out that the guy was in fact making order for his mates! He’s definitely a regular, able to order without looking at the menu at all.
We started the meal with a complimentary appetizer. It’s really refreshing, crunchy, appetizing but can’t figure out what actually it is. Answer we got for the waitress was POTATO. Half cooked potato maybe?
Next was Mixed Sushi & Sashimi. Nothing to shout about except their California roll. When I 1st saw it, I was disappointed that the roll was so badly done. It’s not even totally sealed, not rolled tightly. But after the 1st bite, I know it was done on purpose! Their famous california roll is so crunchy!!!! The chef had placed loose tempura batter in as filling. Rolling the sushi too tightly will crash all the batter hence lose the crunch. It’s such a brilliant idea using the loose tempura batter since it’s going into the bin anyway.
As for this dish, we smelled it when it was served to the table next to us (10 boys/guys). CL made a enquiry on it and the waitress told us it’s a cold dish. Beef was chilled and sliced and serve with salad. It’s a popular dish and very nice. We decided to try and it’s really amazing! Very beautifully presented, the dressing on the beef is different from the dressing on the salad which is hidden under the slices of beef. Although we find the salad dressing too saltish, we still like the dish.
Final dish was tempura. The serve was huge! All the vegetable ( sweet potato, carrot, eggplant…can’t remember what else)tempura came in pair plus 3 giant prawn. It wasn’t soaked with oil, nicely battered (not too thick).
As for dessert, choices was limited. We settled for Green Tea Ice Cream served with Sesame Cookies. It’s a nice combination of two. The cookie is nice and covered with white and hint of black sesame seeds.
Does anyone has any idea where can I find such cookie????