When it comes to modern Japanese fare in Perth, one venue has it covered beyond just their name. Small plates, torched sashimi and the waft of heady aromas. The Modern Eatery first opened in Fremantle, then extended to Mount Lawley after the people of our city embraced their delicious offerings.
Since aburi (torched) sushi is my absolute favourite way to enjoy Japanese food, I find myself visiting more often than I should admit.
After checking out the inaugural Delish Expo recently, my best friend Carly and I were in desperate need of savoury satisfaction. Since we’ve tried a good portion of the menu, we decided to pick some of our favourites to share in a delightful spread.
Our immediate choices to start: the miso soup ($3.00), edamame ($5.00) and the ever popular crunchy salad ($12.00). Complete with mixed greens, sesame dressing and crisp sweet potato fries on top, this is a salad we both adore and can never look past.
Combined with those warm and salty edamame, they’re both excellent vegetarian dishes that complement the other menu items which can be a bit heavier.
If you’re anything like me, tempura is a must when ordering Japanese. Their ebi tempura ($12.00) consists of four gloriously crunchy prawns, lightly golden and seasoned just right. I really like how they’re not too oily and are a good size dish to share.
If I were to eat these and the salad on their own, well it would be a pretty heavenly combo.
The stars of our lunch were focussed on the sashimi and sushi side of things. Five pieces of West Australian Bigeye Tuna ($11.00) and six of the salmon oshi ($16.00) – pressed salmon with The Modern Eatery’s signature aburi sauce and sweet soy.
The former is a fresh offering, one that cuts through the richness of the tempura. But it’s the oshi that really ticks all the boxes for me. The torching process on the salmon imparts a slight smokiness, and releases fat which melts down into the rice underneath. It’s morishly good, and definitely a signature dish of the restaurant.
I highly recommend you try it! As far as aburi in Perth goes, it’s one of the best I’ve tried. Yes, slightly expensive but the quality is fantastic and full of flavour and freshness.