Price: OK ($60 per person) - could be cheap if one just orders ramen
Score: Maybe 7/10? We think we'd go back but not sure...
Torched honey bugs nigiri, avocado, white soy
Yellowfin tuna, watermelon, mustard seeds
Kingfish, yuzu, soy, ginger, avocado
Prawn toast okonomiyaki
Tiger prawn bun, pickles, chilli mayo, watercress
Duck Shoyu ramen - duck and soy broth, duck breast, king brown mushroom, bean sprout, pickled onion, shoyu egg
Smoove honeycomb, almond & chocolate bar
Black sesame, popcorn, passionfruit & meringue
It's early days, the produce is good but we're confused and we think Salaryman is too.
There's definite potential here with Flying Fish's Stephen Seckold at the helm. Bold flavours that generally work well together (except the black sesame dessert), quality ingredients and good execution.
Liked the honey bugs - would recommend eating the rice separately on this one
Yellowfin tuna and kingfish were both very well done
Prawn toast okonomiyaki - layering on kupi and fish flakes an okonomiyaki does not make (i.e. it's not okonomiyaki)
Tiger prawn bun - tasty
Duck ramen - good
Smoove honeycomb - standard and safe but tasty
Black sesame - each individual element was tasty but not gestalt.. Could have amped up the black sesame a lot and eating the all the elements on one spoon just leaves one confused.
We ate the duck ramen ($25) and tasted the other two (pork and pippie and shitake mushroom & kombu). All had clear, well made broth. Definite disproportionate amount of noddle vs topping in the shitake and mushroom (way too much noodle), pork and pippie and the duck ramen had decent amounts of topping. The duck meat was very well done.
Here is why we're confused. The top quarter of the menu is "designed to share" Movida/Sokyo/Sake-esque fine dining. The second quarter is fairly cheap jazzed up ramen (cheap relative to the me- 1 bowl of ramen $18 vs 2 nigiri for $15). The third quarter is Chacobar-ishnew school robata and the last quarter is a standard dessert and a possible homage to an Eaton Mess but we're not sure.