Turning 23 with Takumi!

Hello! Yes, I know I’ve been doing my birthday posts so late for the past couple of years lol!
Last year, my birthday fell on a Friday which unfortunately meant I couldn’t take time off work – especially because it was payroll day ;A; But of course, the upside of this meant that I was spoilt at work by my awesome co-workers ♥

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When I got to work, I tried to enter the staff room but was awkwardly blocked by Shalini ..not sus at all
I was happily surprised by Zuz holding a plate of gorgeous strawberry red velvet birthday  cupcakes ;A; She had taken the time to lovingly put this together and I loved it so much. It was the major highlight for my entire day of work! I was then bombarded with amazing gifts one after the other, but of course, I’ll save that for my birthday gift post!

After work, Ashley picked me up from home and did something super duper cute when presenting my present, which I promise will be in the birthday gift post! All I’ll say is that it involved me being tricked in to thinking he hadn’t brought my birthday gifts(!!!) and an elaborate, comedic order of present unwrapping lol ♥

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Ashley has this really odd notion that I actually only ever want to eat Jap food (not sure why?!) so he of course, took me to a Jap restaurant for my birthday lol! He plans to only ever take me to Jap places for my birthday lol -_-

It was still super exciting when it was revealed we were in for a 10 course Wagyu degustation at Takumi!!
The first thing when we entered was that the wait staff were actually Japanese. Yes! It’s always a good sign when the staff members know the culture and food they’ll be serving. While I understand that anyone can make delicious food regardless of their race, it really bugs me when the staff working know nothing about the food being served.

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Edamame 枝豆 –  Salted boiled soy bean

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Tsukune つくね – Grilled chicken skewers

The night started off wonderfully with edamame! Because seriously, could ever go wrong with edamame!? haha
I don’t remember if I enjoyed the grill chicken skewers or not, which probably means that they were good but not great!

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Takumi’s Special 和牛タタキ – Thinly sliced wagyu eye fillet grilled on the outside topped with finely diced onion, lightly dressed in refreshing citrus seasoning

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Salmon carpaccio サーモンカルパッチョ – Salmon sashimi infused in tangy carrot, onion and soy sauce seasoning

The two above dishes were probably the star of the non-grilled food that we had!!
Especially the tataki. Omg. I don’t think I had ever eaten something like that before but it was delicious. It was seasoned wonderfully and was exquisite. I’m not the biggest fan of salmon, but the perfect combination of the drizzled mayonnaise and seasoning on top made it perfect. Definitely recommend these two.

It seems that I don’t actually have photos of all the food lol!… If I recall correctly, everything was suddenly coming out all at once and I was busily trying to ensure everything fit on the table, hence not taking photos! Apart from the photos below, there was also: fresh salad, grilled squid and 100g of wagyu eye fillet.

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Salmon サーモン

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200g of wagyu beef fillet (ハラミ – I think)

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The meat was tender and yummy, but exactly what you’d expect from a good cut of wagyu!
We can definitely say if you’re going, please ask them for extra beef fat to help oil your grill because it was definitely something we needed. Our meat kept getting stuck to the grill and we might’ve accidentally burnt a few due to clumsiness lol. I am definitely to be blamed for most of that as I wasn’t much help in getting the pieces out…

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The night ended with delicious Black Sesame ice cream for dessert ♥ v ♥ !!
The best part about this was that Ash seems to hate all asian flavoured ice creams and kindly donated his scoop to me mwahahah. Not going to lie, I was pretty damn full at this point but I have a feeling we still went for more dessert lol!

What are your fav Japanese restaurants in Melbourne?
(I feel like Ash wants to note this all down for upcoming birthdays lol -.-)

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