This restaurant has rebranded to Izakaya Samurai.
Over the years I’ve heard people rave about Sushi Samurai but somehow I never got around to trying this place. It’s located just across from Ju Ge Mu and Shimbashi, and gives it a run for its money in terms of popularity. We turned up without a booking early on a Sunday night and still had to wait for 5 minutes for a table for two because the place was just packed out.
Today we have a special guest post from our dear friend Fiona! Unfortunately she fractured her leg a while back (which is still healing) but thankfully she can still eat, take photos and write. Get better soon and thank you for the guest post
Thanks to spotting an advertisement promoting a Grand Opening Special of 50% off all items on the menu (no longer available), we embarked to visit Tamageta-ya, the newly opened sister restaurant of Sushi Samurai (located right next door) at Neutral Bay. Tamageta-ya is almost hidden if not for the Japanese Door Curtain Tapestry (noren) at the front. There is also another entrance at the back where there is a small courtyard for alfresco dining.
While Neutral Bay has always been known for being a bit of a foodie destination for some, I had no idea that it had been undergoing a revamp on one of its main streets and had welcomed some more contemporary restaurants to the neighbourhood. I was surprised to see Pony there on the main strip, as we were strolling through after dinner. We had already been stuffed full of savoury goodies by that stage but we always have a separate stomach for dessert, so in we went.
I must have walked past this unassuming Japanese restaurant in Neutral Bay a hundred times, without realising that I was missing out on some high quality dishes. This is a combined restaurant; half of it specialises in teppanyaki and the other half in soba noodles. You can order from both menus regardless of which side you sit on, and tonight we’re seated on the teppanyaki side where we watch the chefs do their thing.