Sunset Sabi is a hidden gem in Manly which serves up fusion Japanese and came highly recommended by one of our friends. We were quite impressed by what we found when we dropped by for a special group dinner with a friend visiting from Hong Kong.
With larger groups of 8 or more people, you have to get their Chef’s Tasting Menu but luckily at Sunset Sabi this actually a great value option at $45 a head for 10 shared dishes.
We started off with their warm Sabimame, a.k.a. edamame enhanced with white truffle oil, chilli, a hint of orange and salt of course. The second dish was supposed to be an Orange Crush Salmon Tartare but they ran out of salmon by the time we had our later dinner sitting, so tuna was substituted in and it still tasted great, with the diced raw tuna marinated in miso and orange essence, served with crunchy veggie chips.
Orange Crush Tuna Tartare
Next, we had some crispy Gyoza sprinkled with cheese, and an interesting dish called Snaps, which featured snapper sashimi (a fish we don’t eat raw very often) drizzled with a delicious tosazu dressing, pickled cucumber, peanut and white onion.
The raw seafood continued with our chosen Nigiri, which was seared kingfish and tuna sushi in our case and both were super fresh. We also enjoyed their Kingfish in Mexico Roll, which was made more tasty with their Sabi Kewpie, crunchies and jalapeno for a fiery hit.
Seared Kingfish Nigiri
Kingfish in Mexico Roll
Moving onto the more substantial dishes on the tasting menu, we had their refreshing Soba Trout which showcased delicate tea smoked trout, with chewy buckwheat soba noodles that was served with edamame beans and tamari. The piping hot Super Chicken was a welcome change from all the seafood on the menu, with the southern style fried chicken paired with an addictive yuzu creme dipping sauce.
Our last savoury dish of the night was the La Taco, a delicious pocket of Japanese BBQ beef with an aromatic mix of “House of Sabi” ponzu kimchi, sriracha and ginger Sabi kewpie.
We had thoroughly enjoyed all the savoury courses on the Sabi Chef’s Tasting Menu but the dessert still managed to impress us – the Sweet Burger was a delectable sweet potato doughnut with a Japanese whisky cream, on trend matcha white chocolate and fresh strawberries.
Sunset Sabi’s Chef’s Tasting Menu was brilliant value and the flavours for each course were all spot on – we’ll be heading back for more of their delicious Japanese fusion menu, especially for group catch up meals.