The Vivid festival in the city of Sydney is a fantastic initiative to promote tourism over the winter months. Dotted around the CBD and outlying suburbs are beautiful light features that are interactive, artistic and in some cases, highly complex. Famous structural features such as the Opera House and Harbor Bridge serve as canvases for various displays.
Visiting the festival on a cold Saturday night, I spied a traditional looking Japanese restaurant on the second floor of a building I must have passed countless times but never noticed.
Shiki is located on Argyle street at the Rocks. It is known for using pink Himalayan salt as a cooking surface and as an ingredient in their dishes.
My dining partner and I decided to indulge in plum wine and edamame as a starter. I rarely eat edamame o any other soy products. At home, the seasoning of choice is tamari or another soy sauce substitute such coconut aminos. I do not recommend soy products due to the phytoestrogens (plant derived compound that mimics oestrogen in our body), high likelihood of genetic modification and soy sauce usually contains some gluten. Still, when dining out I make a few exceptions here and there. A simple hack is to bring your own sauce in a small container. I usually do this with chilli sauce or flakes.
For our mains, two different types of freshly prepared rolls. I cannot express the true difference between a fresh roll with high quality ingredients and the simple fare you usually obtain from the typical fast food outlet. The rice has a slightly plumper texture, the roll melts away with ease as you put it in your mouth and the small bubbles of fish roe pop so easily between your teeth as they release their flavour filled yet subtly sweet content into your mouth.
Finally, the pièce de résistance; our amazing wagyu beef served on the himalayan salt bbq. The salt bed flavours the meat perfectly and the marbled fat creates an experience that is truly blissful.
Bear in mind, Shiki is not so kind to your wallet. Our 100g serving of wagyu beef is priced at $49.50, and I usually judge the priciness of a Japanese restaurant from the cost of the edamame or miso soup. However, if you are out for a special occasion and unique experience, Shiki is an absolute must!