When you’re craving raw fish and rice, sushi may do the trick. But if you really want to satisfy that craving at an affordable price, you need a chirashi don. Essentially cubes of raw fish on vinegared rice. N and I have our go to resutrant for chirashi don: Ramen Kan. But a few weeks ago, we’d tried our luck at a place near Town Hall: Yebisu Izakaya at Regents Place. It looks nothing like an izakaya, even though it does have an extensive drinks menu.
The chirashi don ($18.80) comes with side dishes of salmon sashimi, green salad, egg salad, pickles and miso soup.
This is one of the most beautiful chirashi don I’ve seen, but I wasn’t too impressed by the dish itself — the rice was vinegared in a salty, almost bitter way — the saltiness from the fish roe did not help. In fact, it was so salty, that adding soy sauce, which usually makes everything taste better, could’ve only made it taste worse. Saltiness aside, the fish to rice ratio also needed balancing — one piece of fish for every mouthful of rice left me with a large amount of rice.
So, while beautiful, I wouldn’t go back for the chirashi don at Yebisu Izakaya. At least not when I have the chirashi don at Ramen Kan.
Yebisu Izakaya is located at 10/501 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000