Restaurant Review – Satsuki (Subiaco, Western Australia)

Satsuki is the latest offering from the group that brought us Yahachi and Ha-lu.  They also had an interest in a restaurant in Tokyo.

Satsuki is located in Subiaco just near the train station.  The layout is interesting  – there is a very Japanese counter that is great to sit at but lacks the see through fish display that could get the taste buds moving early.  This, and the heavy ratio of outdoor to indoor seating is a mistake.  Counter dining in real restaurants is sorely lacking in Perth.  It gives a date a different feeling and it allows solo diners a comfort that an unreadable newspaper does not.   Adding a glass presentation case would bring that extra bit of authenticity and interest.

The real feature of this restaurant is the sushi chef, Yamahara-san. For a Japanese restaurant to feature such a well qualified Tokyo trained, Edo style sushi chef is a coup – especially since he seems committed to stay.  His technique and presentation is up there with the best in Ginza.  It is a shame that Satsuki, then, has such a limited selection of sushi to order from.  It is my hope that by consistent customer demand that they expand the list of fish they use and allow him to serve a wider complement of sushi.  I have had the privilege of sitting at his counter before and I can vouch that your appetite will run out well before his imagination does.

The rest of the menu is presented in a nice izakaya style – salads, nimono (simmered things), agemono (fried things) and so on. This allows you to order and eat a Japanese meal the way it is intended to be eaten. A variety of dishes is ordered, several times throughout the evening, carefully balancing and complementing textures and flavours.   Thankfully, they have included ochazuke to finish off with.

Complaints?  Menu could be a little wider, shouchu and sake prices are astronomical (thanks to the supplier) and there are no kushiyaki on the menu. 

Other than that, it is great to see real Japanese food, prepared well and washed down with a decent beer.  Lets hope they can maintain a bit of authenticity and hold out against the teriyaki munching, california roll loving unwashed masses!

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One Response to “Restaurant Review – Satsuki (Subiaco, Western Australia)”

  1. ume Says:

    Hi there,
    Do you live in Perth? I went to Satsuki few months ago and I thought the place was more likely for Japanese customers.
    Few variety of menu, small tables, expensive prices… although the atmosphere is nice, I thought it’s different from what local people look for…
    This restaurant is managed by a Japanese company so I understand why they wanted to make this restaurant like this – more Japan-like.

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