Review: Tokyo Kitchen Sakae

Japanese food is definitely one of my favourite cuisines.
Sadly, there  aren’t that many great Japanese restaurants near me. So you can imagine my joy when Ashley told me of this wonderful Japanese restaurant right near his work place in Brighton!

Funnily enough, we decided to visit on a day where I wanted to “save money”, but of course… we couldn’t resist their sashimi platter, nor some sake to accompany it! But hey, I do not regret my decision ♥

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Takoyaki ($8.90)

I don’t think Ash and I ever go to a Japanese restaurant and not get takoyaki!
If you’re not familiar with Japanese cuisine, “ocotopus balls”might freak you out but I assure you they are absolutely delicious and a must have! *salivates

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Sushi & Sashimi Platter for One ($22.90): 2 pc tempura tuna roll, 3 pc nigiri, 1 pc tamagoyaki & 9 pc assorted sashimi

Honestly, I didn’t become a fan of sashimi until I went to Japan! I blame that on the bad ones I must’ve tried here prior the delicious ones I got to eat in Japan mmm

Anyway, this sashimi platter was the bombbbbb. It had two pieces of maguro (tuna), as well as a maguro nigiri which is, hands down, my favourite kind of sashimi out there! It also came with tempura tuna rolls which I’ve never come across before, and unsurprisingly, they were also super delicious. Everything on this platter was great and I totally regretted not getting the Platter for Two, considering Ash got to try a piece of everything!

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Premium BBQ Wagyu ($29.80) – BBQ full blood & marbling 9+ wagyu, served with spicy teriyaki vegetables

 This was some pretty delicious wagyu that came with a side dish of black rice.
I didn’t eat much of  this so I can’t really comment, but I do think its definitely a dish to try!

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Green tea ice cream ($? not on menu)

There wasn’t actually any dessert on the menu but I really wanted some (as you do)!
Luckily, when we asked, they had some ice cream (red bean, black sesame and green tea) that we could order. It was a delicious way to end an awesome dinner!

I hear they also have some  smashin’ bentos during the day, so I’m pretty excited to visit Brighton some time in the nearby future to try some of them mmm ♥

Tokyo Kitchen Sakae 
66 Church St, Brighton VIC 3186

Eat with Melody: Pig Shaped Buns

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Have you been to Tokyo Hometown? If not, you need to go immediately!
It’s a wonderful Japanese grocer in the city that stocks some pretty cool Japanese and other Asian grocery items. On one of my wallet-burning visits, I found these buns in the freezers. Remembering all the instas I’ve seen of legit ones, I thought about how awesome it would be to be able to eat these in the comfort of my own home!

Of course, that is, hoping that they actually taste good enough to want to buy again heh

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Unfortunately (but not that surprisingly) they didn’t turn out that great haha. As you can see in the below image, the custard was rather chunky and not creamy in any way. They didn’t taste that amazing either,  so it was a huge bummer!

 But hey, at least they’re cute right? haha

Madman Anime Festival

 Madman Anime Festival was held on 2-4 September 2016 at the MCEC!
I haven’t been to an Anime con in awhile so I was pretty excited to hear Madman announcing their first ever con, especially after I heard they’d be having guests from Animes like Evangelion, One Punch Man and SAO.

The best part was Edel was coming down from Sydney especially to attend the Madman Anime Fes :)

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As pretty much all the cons in Australia, all the same Anime and Hobby shops were there, plus the local Artists area.
However, to ensure the Madman really brought the ‘Japan’ experience, there were some extra attractions and activities to do too! Apart from the awesome stars, there were a Tokyo Ghoul Exhibition, One Punch Man Experience, Itashi car display, Ban Presto and the amazing Ichiban Kuji!

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So Ichiban Kuji is a lottery held monthly by Banpresto! Tickets usually cost around ¥500 and you have the opportunity to win some pretty amazing things! At Madman Anime Festival, they held a couple of lotteries over the weekend that Ash and I were super excited to participate. To start, we both bought tickets for the Dragon Ball lottery!

Dun dun duhhhh…Ash won the G prize and I wont the I prize hahaha!

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Ash’s one actually looks pretty awesome whereas my one isn’t that amazing hahaha! Still cute though!

After walking around a bit more, we decided to try our luck oneeee more time and buy another lottery ticket. While Ash chose the Dragon Ball set again, I decided to try for the One Piece one (even though I stopped watching that ages ago). I remember the attendant asking, which one of us was more lucky, to which I responded with Ash hahaha

…which was true because while I won the B Prize, Ash won the A Prize!! 

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Pretty damn awesome! It is quite unfortunate that I don’t watch OP and Idk what to do with this Mihawk lol!

The rest of the weekend was spent attending panels (the One Punch Man panel was amazing and Makato Furukawa was incredible!); buying random merch; watching Love Live! and not liking it (lol sorry lovelivefans!!!); and getting stuffed signed! We were pretty disappointed to unfortunately miss out on autographs from the One Punch Man guests; thankfully I did manage to get a SAO light novel signed by some of the creative staff while Ash got a bluray signed by the Japanese seiyuu of Asuka from Evangelion!

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 Overall, the experience was kind of fun but aside from actually attending signings and panels, there wasn’t that much to do. We would definitely attend again next year but might reconsider a weekend pass depending on the event schedule.

And who knows, maybe I’ll even cosplay again :P