Sunday, August 10, 2014

Restaurant Review: Kobe Jones - Land and Sea Banquet

 I took my boyfriend to Kobe Jones for his birthday a couple of weeks ago. Kobe Jones made an impression with their scallops at a Taste of Sydney. So I thought... perfect I'll take him there for a degustation. This is my second time at Kobe Jones, click here to see the first time.

Onikoroshi Sake

I fell in love with Sake during my most recent trip to Japan.. especially warm sake during winter. This sake was a bit watered down compared to the ones I had in Tokyo.

Number One Special 
 Crab salad with avocado wrapped in Hiramasa kingfish and baked with our secret sauce

This was amazing, so much flavour and texture! I need to find out what their "secret sauce" is!!
Tuna Sashimi Salad
Garden greens topped with fresh tuna sashimi, drizzled with ponzu dressing

Rather average to be honest, not much flavour... vinaigrette dressing more or less.

Seafood Poke
Hawaiian style sashimi cubes marinated in poke sauce

Again... another average dish, the sashimi cubes were quite fresh but where is the flavour!?

Wagyu Tataki
Seared and chilled, served rare with garlic, ginger and ponzu sauce

I don't usually eat raw beef, but this was quite nice, except I had to eat all the meat dishes on my own T_T

Seared Salmon Sashimi Carpaccio
 Salmon flamed with extra virgin olive oil, drizzled with wasabi pepper sauce and baby herbs

This was really disappointing, the flame grilled sashimi from my local sushi train tastes better..

Calamari Fritto
Pineapple cut calamari in our special panko, lightly fried and served with roasted shallot and mayonnaise and smelt roe

I thought this was FISH!? very odd tasting calamari, it was nice though.

Tiger Prawns Kobe Jones Style
Tempura style tiger prawns, seasoned with chives, served with garlic chilli mayonnaise

This was nice, can't really go wrong with deep fried goods ..

Volcano Roll
Oven baked scallops layered on a crab salad avocado roll, with special cream sauce and sesame seed and shallot sprinkle

A part from the fact that the sushi was more or less mush, the flavour was there. Disappointing again, the volcano roll was much better last time.

Golden Crab
Wild-caught succulent crab, grilled robata style to highlight its sweetness, served in shell with fresh lime 

This was quite generous. The crab meat was sweet and fresh. I'm not much of a fresh crab eater so most went into my boyfriend's tummy. He's concentrating hard...

Miso Soup
Kobe Jones' red and white miso soup

Umm... just miso...I'm not sure what this red and white miso is about...

Wagyu Hot Rock
Wagyu 6+ cooked on volcanic rock with special dipping sauces

My stomach was about to burst at this point and since boyfriend doesn't eat meat, I had a lot of trouble finishing this on my own. I don't know how I felt about this, it tastes better than steaks I get at random pubs, but it wasn't as tender as some of the other wagyu I've had.

Chocolate Melting Cake
Exotically dark treat of semi-sweet chocolate melting cakes, served with vanilla and green tea ice creams

The chocolate cakes didn't exactly melt, but it was rich and went well with the ice cream selection :D


Customer service was excellent, we were attended to very quickly, the food came out in a timely manner.

Food ...  a real let down. I purchased the voucher from Scoopon, thank goodness I didn't pay full price. I don't think I will go back there again, I've had better Japanese food from Ippudo.

Value for money? No.... the full price was $165 pp....  I would definitely not pay $330 for an average degustation....

Kobe Jones on Urbanspoon

Would you pay $330 for this meal?


  1. The pictures look great! I'm sorry that the food was pretty meh. It looked like a lot of courses too. I would have burst somewhere after the 4th one.

  2. Well the food looks nice, but well if wasn´t good for the price so abd!
    But thank you for your honest review about this restaurant!

  3. I've been there without a voucher with my family and it's very expensive, but I didnt mind the food at all! I wouldn't just go there just because, it is too expensive!

    Lisa | Multitasking Damsel Blog

  4. Yummyyy!! I love japanese food!!


  5. LOL I must be really craving Japanese because, although the dishes were slightly disappointing, I'm still drooling in front of my computer screen!

  6. The food presentation looks nice. ^^

  7. Oh my that's a lot of food such a shame it was a let down though,,,I buy scoopon vouchers quite often and so far it's only one place that I did not like otherwise no drama's

    Varinder Makeupmeandyoyo

  8. What a pity that some of the dishes weren't very good (;-;) I hope you find a delicious Japanese restaurant next time ♪ヽ(*^ω^*)ノ

  9. i dont eat a lot of meat too for health reasons so im very much into japanese food. they all look great lily, too bad they dont taste as good as how they look.
    belated happy bday to your bf!

  10. Nice place and looks like good food, too! ♥

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