537 Willoughby Rd
Willoughby, NSW 2068
La Facon de Shimizu (aka “the way of the Shimizu”) is a little gem of a restaurant tucked away in the residential area of Willoughby, a mere 5 mins drive from where I live. So tucked away that none of us had heard about it, let alone been in the area. Word someone filtered down to me that this was an awesome restaurant, so Chris and I went a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it so much that I decided that would be where I’d have my birthday dinner. I only wanted to celebrate my (belated) birthday back in Australia with a dinner.. because there’s just TOO much going on right now to even think about a proper party. Plus, I wanted something really initimate with my closest and favourite friends – and that was exactly the way it turned out – to my delight 🙂
Technically a French & Japanese restaurant, the cuisine definitely leans towards the French or Western side, with a slight Asian influence. It’s a tiny, cozy place, with friendly service despite our incredibly loud-mouthedness in the small restaurant (probably to the dismay of other diners there hoping to have a romantic date – sorry!!). The most delightful part is the FREE corkage and FREE cakeage. Considering we each had 3 different glasses of wine, it was excellent and much appreciated!
The only problem with their menu is that everything looks too good. We ummmmed and ahhhhed for ABSOLUTE AGES, with all of us going round and round in circles debating what we would settle on 😉 These life-changing decisions are very hard, you know! Finally, we settled on a different dish each, so we could sample from everyone’s dish and try everything out – or maybe that was just me, haha!
The food was impressive as usual – very reasonably priced for the quality and quantity. A lovely, lovely evening with fantastic friends, and what an awesome way to celebrate my birthday! I LOVE YOU GUYS, xoxo
Rockin’ our floral outfits 😛
Ze close up
Eagerly anticipating my food..
Just getting started on the drinks, don’t mind me..
Me and random guy
The new father!!
Frenchman and Scotsman
Dressed like a Reversi game 😉
Listening to some boring topic, probably
It’s MANLOVE time
Love the swoony look 😉
Words fail me….
Snapper carpaccio, I think
Some sort of tuna sashimi?
Tempura Camembert with a Mixed Berry Sauce
Prawn wonton thingys
Chicken dish maybe?
Chicken with mango and capsicum
Mine – snapper and scallops with tomato salsa
Ooooooo! A birthday cake Chris ordered!
Girls + chocolate = a match made in heaven
Can you blow out sparklers? Apparently not.
One of the awesome birthday presents – Christian Dior earrings!
Thanks for organising a lovely night, my love 🙂