Family, FOOD, Uncategorized WAQU 4 June 2008


Waqu
32 Falcon St
Crows Nest, NSW 2065
$$$$$

Waqu is “modern Japanese dining offering food which harmonises East with West and traditional with modern, in a nouveau Japanese zen-inspired environment.” Another one of the highest-rated restaurants in my area, it was the place I selected to take Mum and Dad to on their last night in Sydney. It’s a cozy, small restaurant that’s romantically lit, pretty perfect for a date πŸ˜‰ They serve a degustation dinner for just $49!! Compared to Rise, I would say the quality of the food is the same, but the portions are much larger – I leave feeling a bit unsatisfied after a Rise degustation meal, but Waqu had me full to the brim πŸ™‚

The food is fusion style and artfully presented. I would say it’s not as top-notch as Tetsuya’s degustation (but then again, that does cost ~$200pp) but still very very good, especially when you take the price into consideration. The service was polite and discreet, and the courses were very well-timed. I spied a private dining room near the entrance, and I’m going to keep that in mind…… might have my birthday dinner there with a few close friends πŸ™‚


Waqu

Romantic interior

The menu

Carrot gazpacho with black lumpfish caviar
Green tea soba noodles in Ankake soup
Spicy soft shell crab taco
Seared beef with flying fish roe and ponzu jelly

‘KUROBUTA’ PORK BELLY FILO with teriyaki sauce, whole grain mustard

Inside the pork belly filo

OCEAN TROUT TARTARE with avocado salad, spicy mayonnaise and plum dressing

SCALLOP AND ‘TOFU’ GALETTE with shimeji, enoki and oyster mushroom, anchovy butter sauce

SUSHI salmon and scallop nigiri and eel sushi rolls

BEEF TENDERLOIN STEAK with japanese style risotto and creamy mash potato

MISO MARINATED COD oven baked cod fillet with grilled eggplant and β€˜takuan’ pickle rice, β€˜saikyo’ miso sauce

Sweet sake creme caramel

Chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream


50 Comments

  • tiffanyx posted on June 4, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    wah the beef looks rocks socks!!

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    • beverly posted on June 4, 2008 at 9:28 pm

      It was really nice and tender, and fortunately not just one tiny mouthful like they tend to give at degustations!

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on June 5, 2008 at 12:34 am

        quite decent huh like that!

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  • aimezly posted on June 4, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    woah that beef looks so raw inside!
    and a degustation meal for $49pp? that’s the cheapest thing i’ve heard. definitely going there, thanks for the tip πŸ˜‰

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    • beverly posted on June 4, 2008 at 9:29 pm

      That’s medium rare.. my favourite πŸ™‚
      It’s a very good deal eh, so happy it’s really close to my place too!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on June 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Everything is so pretty and $49, that’s a good deal!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm

      I want to go back with friends and get that private room, that plus the degustation for $49pp is awesome!

      Reply
  • rosettek posted on June 4, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    My goodness! My mouth is watering!

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    • beverly posted on June 4, 2008 at 9:39 pm

      It was a fab dinner! A great way to celebrate and not totally blow the budget πŸ™‚

      Reply
      • rosettek posted on June 4, 2008 at 9:41 pm

        So what does it mean when you list $$$$? Does that mean expensive? Is there a scale? I’m curious if it’s different there than in the States.

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        • beverly posted on June 11, 2008 at 9:56 pm

          Yeah $ is generally under $5 or so … and then it goes upwards where $$$$ is the most expensive πŸ˜‰

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  • oo_mimi_oo posted on June 4, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    what camera are u using?? great shots!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 4, 2008 at 9:39 pm

      It’s a sony cybershot! Buuut some of the pics I pinched off their websites, those professional looking ones πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on June 4, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    wah the beef looks rocks socks!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 4, 2008 at 9:28 pm

      It was really nice and tender, and fortunately not just one tiny mouthful like they tend to give at degustations!

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on June 5, 2008 at 12:34 am

        quite decent huh like that!

        Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on June 4, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Yep, gotta try that place…looks so fresh!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 5, 2008 at 6:45 am

      you could go when Matt gets back! a nice date place to welcome him home πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • sisqa posted on June 4, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    wow they do look good and the price is so reasonable!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 5, 2008 at 6:47 am

      I wish i’d known about them before! i love finding cool places πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • aimezly posted on June 4, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    woah that beef looks so raw inside!
    and a degustation meal for $49pp? that’s the cheapest thing i’ve heard. definitely going there, thanks for the tip πŸ˜‰

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 4, 2008 at 9:29 pm

      That’s medium rare.. my favourite πŸ™‚
      It’s a very good deal eh, so happy it’s really close to my place too!

      Reply
  • larissy posted on June 4, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    How good is Waqu?! Such a great little restuarant. I agree with you – the servings are a great size for the price!
    Looks like they changed their menu – that pork belly filo looks awesome!

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    • beverly posted on June 14, 2008 at 1:18 am

      I think they change their menu rarely and subtly, but that’s ok, I def wouldn’t mind going back for the same food, it was great!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on June 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Everything is so pretty and $49, that’s a good deal!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm

      I want to go back with friends and get that private room, that plus the degustation for $49pp is awesome!

      Reply
  • rosettek posted on June 4, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    My goodness! My mouth is watering!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 4, 2008 at 9:39 pm

      It was a fab dinner! A great way to celebrate and not totally blow the budget πŸ™‚

      Reply
      • rosettek posted on June 4, 2008 at 9:41 pm

        So what does it mean when you list $$$$? Does that mean expensive? Is there a scale? I’m curious if it’s different there than in the States.

        Reply
        • beverly posted on June 11, 2008 at 9:56 pm

          Yeah $ is generally under $5 or so … and then it goes upwards where $$$$ is the most expensive πŸ˜‰

          Reply
  • oo_mimi_oo posted on June 4, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    what camera are u using?? great shots!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 4, 2008 at 9:39 pm

      It’s a sony cybershot! Buuut some of the pics I pinched off their websites, those professional looking ones πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  • lianvee posted on June 5, 2008 at 2:21 am

    Wow! Very reasonable price!!

    Love medium rare too.

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    • beverly posted on June 14, 2008 at 1:19 am

      It’s not often Sydney has reasonbly priced food, and really good food at that. So happy it’s nearby!

      Reply
  • rollagirl9 posted on June 5, 2008 at 2:58 am

    I wouldn’t actually eat anything except the dessert, but your pics are AMAZING!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 14, 2008 at 1:20 am

      Hhehehe I wonder if they have vego options.. at least those would suit πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on June 4, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Yep, gotta try that place…looks so fresh!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 5, 2008 at 6:45 am

      you could go when Matt gets back! a nice date place to welcome him home πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • sisqa posted on June 4, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    wow they do look good and the price is so reasonable!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 5, 2008 at 6:47 am

      I wish i’d known about them before! i love finding cool places πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • larissy posted on June 4, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    How good is Waqu?! Such a great little restuarant. I agree with you – the servings are a great size for the price!
    Looks like they changed their menu – that pork belly filo looks awesome!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 14, 2008 at 1:18 am

      I think they change their menu rarely and subtly, but that’s ok, I def wouldn’t mind going back for the same food, it was great!

      Reply
  • lianvee posted on June 5, 2008 at 2:21 am

    Wow! Very reasonable price!!

    Love medium rare too.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 14, 2008 at 1:19 am

      It’s not often Sydney has reasonbly priced food, and really good food at that. So happy it’s nearby!

      Reply
  • rollagirl9 posted on June 5, 2008 at 2:58 am

    I wouldn’t actually eat anything except the dessert, but your pics are AMAZING!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 14, 2008 at 1:20 am

      Hhehehe I wonder if they have vego options.. at least those would suit πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on June 7, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Beverly

    Hi Beverly

    I have just stumbled across this blog and really enjoyed reading it. You have a great writing style and incorporate some excellent photos.

    I thought I would invite you write on mytaste.com.au. This would be a great way to gain exposure for your blog as you are welcome to link back to it from myTaste.

    My personal name on mytaste is Brent C. – if you have a look around you will see me there. Drop by and say hi.

    Thanks for the great dining tips. If you do end up registering on mytaste i will add myself as a fan of you and therefore be notified whenever you do a review.

    Cheers. Brent

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 14, 2008 at 1:21 am

      Re: Beverly

      Hi Brent, I’m actually a regular visitor at mytaste.com.au – great site! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on June 7, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Beverly

    Hi Beverly

    I have just stumbled across this blog and really enjoyed reading it. You have a great writing style and incorporate some excellent photos.

    I thought I would invite you write on mytaste.com.au. This would be a great way to gain exposure for your blog as you are welcome to link back to it from myTaste.

    My personal name on mytaste is Brent C. – if you have a look around you will see me there. Drop by and say hi.

    Thanks for the great dining tips. If you do end up registering on mytaste i will add myself as a fan of you and therefore be notified whenever you do a review.

    Cheers. Brent

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 14, 2008 at 1:21 am

      Re: Beverly

      Hi Brent, I’m actually a regular visitor at mytaste.com.au – great site! πŸ™‚

      Reply

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