My last visit to Kobe Jones in 2006 didn't leave that great of an impression, but seeing it was four years ago, I decided to give it another go after spotting a 50% off deal on Spreets to enjoy the Luxury Menu for $67 per person instead of $135.
The catch was a minimum of 3 person per bookings and that the whole table must order the Luxury Menu (and pay in full if they didn't have the Spreets coupon). My brother rounds up six of us. Easy.
We start with a few beers and cocktails and end up trying the Kobe Jones Sunset ($17), a concoction of strawberry and mango liqueur with cranberry juice, mandarin infused vodka and pineapple juice, the All Day Gambler ($18.50) which features gin, vodka, tequila, Bacardi 151, Cointreau, lemon juice and Red Bull, and the Mangalo ($12), a mocktail of fresh mangoes blended with orange and crushed pineapple juice with a dash of grenadine.
First course is the Number One Special, a crab salad with avocado, wrapped in Hiramasa kingfish and baked with a secret sauce. It is delightfully smooth, creamy and light.
Following on, we have the sushi platter and seafood poke. The sushi platter features maguro (tuna) nigiri and unagi (eel) rolls and the seafood poke turns out to be a delectable Hawaiian style sashimi dish which marinates raw tuna in a soy sauce, ginger, chilli sauce, seaweed and sesame oil blend. It was so yummy! Now that makes two things that I want to travel to Hawaii to eat: ahi poke and Spam musubi.
The Anago Scallops on the side of the sushi are tempura Hokkaido scallops stuffed with crab salad and asparagus and finished with a drizzle of a bittersweet soy sauce glaze. This tiny morsel is packed with flavour.
Continuing the Hawaiian inspiration, next we have the Hawaiian Roll. This is a gorgeous sushi roll of prawns, cucumber, burdock root, pineapple and chilli jam, wrapped tightly with roast seaweed, tuna and avocado, and flavoured with poke sauce and toasted sesame seeds.
Then we have the scrumptious wagyu tenderloin tataki which is simple and nice - seared and chilled, served rare with onion, garlic, ginger and ponzu sauce.
Back to Kobe Jones' house specialty of oven baked sushi rolls, we are served the Volcano Roll. This is oven baked scallops layered on a crab salad and avocado roll, topped with a cream sauce, and a sprinkle of shallots and sesame seeds. Messy food is always good food!
Next, the grilled green lobster tail served in a miso citrus sauce on a bed of steamed vegetables and wafu thermidor sauce. I was hoping the lobster dish would be the show-stopper but with just half a lobster between three, it was a definite let down.
The wagyu hot rock was fun as we got to cook our own cubes of wagyu. Each piece was so tender and delish.
And dessert is Kobe Jones' dessert sampler with their trademark chocolate chopsticks. The selection includes the flambeed matcha creme brulee, mango and coconut sago pudding, strawberry panna cotta, strawberry cheesecake, and a trifle of marinated strawberries, crunchy sable and marble of vanilla and raspberry sorbet.
Overall it was a decent feed and good value with the half price coupon. If we had paid full price though, well, that'd be a different story.
29 Lime Street, King Street Wharf, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9299 5290