Zen­sai, Broome

Vacations & Travel - - Global dining - By Sue Wal­lace

Zen­sai, Cable Beach Re­sort and Spa’s in­ti­mate Ja­panese res­tau­rant lives up to its name. The Re­sort’s ex­ec­u­tive chef Joji Iwama named the award-win­ning res­tau­rant Zen­sai, mean­ing ‘small pretty things’ in Ja­panese. Food here not only looks sen­sa­tional, but it’s the taste that makes this one of Broome’s best. Joji takes din­ers on a culi­nary jour­ney to his home­land, Ja­pan, of­fer­ing à la carte with a sam­ple of traditional favourites from fresh sashimi to tem­pura, yak­i­tori and yaki­ton. There’s also a set five-course menu with lots of choice or you can make it sim­ple and say “Omakase”, which means – leave it to the chef.

A cherry blos­som cocktail with Kiza­kura sake, Coin­treau, cran­berry juice, fresh lime juice and a dash of orange bit­ters is a great starter to the mem­o­rable Ja­panese feast. Sweet soy braised pork belly with mus­tard, Tem­pura prawns and veg­eta­bles with soy mirin dip, grated daikon and gin­ger, sashimi of the day, grilled Hi­ra­masa king­fish fil­let in teriyaki sauce with steamed rice and miso soup and a fi­nale of green tea or black sesame ice cream are the high­lights. There’s a great se­lec­tion of sake and wine on offer and ser­vice is im­pres­sive. It’s an in­ti­mate res­tau­rant ac­com­mo­dat­ing 28 guests and is open for din­ner from Fri­day to Tues­day. ca­ble­beach­club.com

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