I didn't read any reviews until after I made the booking (I'd only heard of Kobe Jones through friends and family), so it was to my dismay that there were so many negative reviews, albeit prettyyyy contradictory.
The list of negative attributes that I gleaned from my 'research' is as follows:
- Too much mayonnaise
- Too much food
- Too little food
- Pacing is too fast
- Food comes out too slowly
- Service is bad, but food is good
- Food is bad, but service is attentive
- Loud doof-doof music
- Waitstaff don't deliver the usual spiel when setting down the plates
When we arrived, we were taken to our table, which looked onto the harbour. It got a little chilly at night, so I was glad I brought a jacket with me.
The sake was delivered warm in a small sake flask with a couple of cute matching cups. We weren't told what kind of sake it was, so we just shrugged and poured it out. It was pretty low in alcohol content so we ordered a couple of cocktails as well.
First to come was the Number One Special - avocado, (fake) crab meat and their creamy 'special sauce'. I like crab stick, fake or otherwise, and it wasn't drowning in mayo like I feared, so it was a nice start.
|Number one special (for 2)|
More alcohol came! Was in need of a pick me up, so got the espresso martini, which had a nice strong coffee flavour/ aroma.
|Espresso martini ($18.00)|
|Harlem Shake ($18.00)|
A tasting plate (per person) of 5 items arrived:
- Never had a spider roll in my life. Soft shell crab was a little tough...
- Had no idea what poke is, either, but apparently it's just a Hawaiian salad. Loved the juiciness and fresh flavours.
- Lollipop sushi: Raw fish on a stick with cucumber wrapped around it
- Wagyu tataki: Thinly sliced raw beef, dry
- Spicy ebi nigri: Don't remember it being spicy...
|Spicy ebi nigri|
|Jalapeno salmon tataki (for 2)|
Panko-crumbed calamari. It tasted like it sounded. Not bad for a filler.
|Pacific calamari fritto (for 2)|
The volcano roll was like a more substantial version of the number one special. By this time, we were both becoming pretty full.
|Volcano roll (for 2)|
The tobanyaki was definitely meant to be a stomach filler - rice with crunchy fish flakes, seafood and mushrooms. It made for good comfort food. We managed to finish most of it.
|Spicy seafood tobanyaki (for 2)|
The Alaskan crab legs were about a forearm long each. There was surprisingly a fair bit of meat. Any fishy smell was killed off with the lime.
|Alaskan crab (for 2)|
Loved the novelty of the lobster hot rock - the only problem was that not all of the meat was cooked at the end (part of it a little cold).
|Lobster hot rock (for 2)|
Decided on the flaming anko - red bean and green tea brulee. Nice presentation when it arrived on fire. The taste? Well... the red bean was quite overpowering and there wasn't much crunch. It was around 9pm that fireworks began - quite unexpectedly, considering fireworks are usually only set off on Saturdays?
Was it worth $326 for 2? I don't think so, but $135 was a pretty good deal.