Friday, January 20, 2012

belated anniversary

sun (3) Our wedding anniversary was on Sunday, but the places that Satoshi had chosen to have dinner at weren't in operation on that day.

So we just had a pupu party at home.

Then, I had an appointment in Umeda on Wednesday, so we met afterwards at Daimaru for dinner.

Satoshi chose Grill & Bar Sun, a restaurant run by Suntory, the beverage maker.

We started with some salmon tartar, the taste really reminded me of lomi-lomi salmon.

If you look carefully at the dish, that "chip" looking thing on top is actually a fried piece of salmon skin.

sun (4) We also tried the stuffed cabbage made with chirimen cabbage. From the looks of it, I think chirimen cabbage is savoy cabbage.

This was delicious. The broth was a consomme type.

sun (5) Next up, a whole tomato, some mozzarella and basil roasted in a tiny pot then served with an anchovy cream sauce.

Mash up the tomato and pour the sauce over the whole thing, then eat it with these tomato cheese toasts. So good!

A little rant: Japan serves these "mopping-up" type of dishes with several slices of toast. Most times when you ask for more, they charge you...

So, we asked for more toasts, we got it but had to pay more for it, sigh!

sun (7) The dish we had been looking forward to trying...a whole onion beef stew.

In Japan, beef stew is demi-glace based. (In Hawaii, it is tomato based.)

Inside of a whole onion, is beef, tender beef.

sun (8) When you cut the onion open, you'll see just how much beef is in there.

Very impressive dish, no wonder the chef won some kind of award for it.

sun (11) Satoshi was still hungry so he ordered the vegetable sushi: (back row) asparagus, eringi, tomato, (front row) pickled ginger, zucchini and avocado. He enjoyed these.

I liked the dish it was served in. The top plate can be removed and ice can be placed underneath, this is to keep the food cool while not getting it wet.

sun (12) To finish, we shared this special eclair. A l-o-n-g eclair filled with rich custard and a slice of strawberry. Delicious.

With 3 beers and a glass of red wine our bill came out to 8380 yen. A little pricey, but the food was delicious and it was a nice way to celebrate our anniversary.

Grill & Bar Sun
Daimaru Umeda 14F
Umeda, Osaka
Phone: 06.4796.7330
Hours: 11:00-23:00, Closed when Daimaru is

p.s. It's Friday, I hope you have a great weekend!


jalna said...

Awwww, what a nice celebration dinner. That onion dish is cool!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! Your meal sounds like it was worth waiting for. The Japanese beef stew is very interesting. Your dessert also sounds very yummy!

Kim said...

Happy anniversary!!!! Congrats! Gimme that onion beef stew. :p

Dennis K. said...

Happy Anniversary! I wanna do a whole onion stew!

K said...

Looks great, happy anniversary!

One of my uncles works for Suntory :o)

Kathy YL Chan said...

Looks good Kat! And happy anniversary! :)

K and S said...

Thanks, I think everyone wants a bite of that stew :)

Take care everyone.

Rowena... said...

Happy belated anniversary, and like most everyone else, I am loving that onion beef stew. Too bad about the extra charge for bread though. :(

K and S said...

which is why we LOVED France, Rowena, overflowing amounts of free bread :)

Take care.

KirkK said...

Happy Anniversary Kat! Looks like a very ncie meal.

Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family said...

What a lovely celebration. Happy Anniversary to you both!

K and S said...

Thanks Kirk :)

Thanks Rachel :)

Take care you two.

Barbara said...

Congrats on your anniversary Kat. The meal looks nice.

K and S said...

Thanks Barbara :)

Take care.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Happy Anniversary Kat! Looks like a great dinner. ;-)

K and S said...

Thanks Deb :)

Take care.