Monday, June 15, 2009

Japan - Nagoya: Sakai

2丁目8 23大須
中区Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
(Near Osu Kannon Station)

I'm currently counting down the days till my holidays begin, and I thought it would be a good idea to look back at some wonderful meals I've had overseas.

If you're wondering why the address of the restaurant is in Japanese, it's because I haven't been able to find out what it is in English due to my lack of Japanese and Google skills. I did try though! If you copy and paste the address directly to Google Map it works.
So, Japan, Japan, where to begin? Within the past 3 or 4 years, I've gone there at least once a year - Tokyo, Osaka & Nagoya to name the main destinations. Which city had the most memorable meals? Nagoya is definitely the front runner in my books. This is mostly due to the fact that we have an awesome family friend in Nagoya who's always willing to take us around to the nicest restaurants there.

One of the must go to places on his list includes Sakai,
a restaurant that specialises in top of the line Matsusaka Beef. I have only made 2 trips down to Nagoya, yet I've eaten at the restaurant 3 times already - believe me, it's freaking good. (I'm sure the photos will make you understand)

Like many Japanese restaurants, this one is in alley, hidden and does not seat many people. There are 3 main seating areas, 2 private rooms and a bar style area that allows you to watch the kitchen in action. (Kind of like a sushi bar)
For starters, a very nicely dressed and fresh salad
Sakuraniku I'm not going to say what this is just in case some people may get offended. But it is a Japanese delicacy. (This dish is actually not served in the restaurant)

The perfect steak.
Condiments for the steak
Grilled Matsusaka beef.
Thinly sliced beef for Shabu Shabu

Miso Soup

Simple but delicious garlic fried rice


I don't know if I even have to tell you how good this place is. My photos don't even do this place justice. If you ever consider going to Nagoya, I strongly advise you to book this place in advance.

Overall Score
- Fine Dining: 17/20

  • Food: 9/10
  • Service: 4/5
  • Venue: 4/5
I think the service would have been better if we could actually communicate in Japanese. In terms of the venue, the fact that the place is quite small, it can be hard to get around when you're seated in the private rooms.

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