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Review - Monkey Magic *UPDATED*

It wasn’t hard to twist my arm to return here for another taste of Michiaki Miyazaki’s stellar sushi; and the cleverly unfolding flavours of his Blue Swimmer Crab Salad Roll ($13) with pickled mango did not disappoint.



This time though his dishes were eclipsed somewhat by recent acquisition Shea Crawford’s new menu entries. The signature Beetroot Cured Kingfish ($16) showcases the fish’s delicacy. It was wonderfully harmonious with the 2007 Shaky Bridge Gewürztraminer ($60); a classy, post-grad Gewürz. with a tertiary education.


While we’re talking drinks, try out Ben Brunnekreef’s new cocktail list; his delicate Ringo Ninja ($16) edged with sherbet appealed to my inner (alcoholic) child. It might not be a new addition to the list, but the Kirishima Sour ($16) on the left is a real nice post-work drop too. It cleanses the palate, stimulates the appetite, and combines sweet and savoury elements beautifully.



I’d also recommend Shae’s updated Caramelised Pork Lettuce Cup ($17/4 pieces) dripping with umami and moist mushroom chunks – they’re about the best thing you could wrap in a lettuce leaf!



His Chawan-Mushi ($15), a cold savoury egg custard topped with a lime and lemon marinated raw prawn salad, however might be an acquired taste.



You can also experience him turning a Caesar Salad ($16) Japanese...



...and using sous-vide to enhance a moist Teriyaki Chook ($23) on the better-value menu.



I’ll be back for another Salmon and Avocado Roll ($15) with the attention seeking ginger forthwith! Yeah, I am such a sushi nut.

You can see my earlier visits to this restaurant HERE and HERE.

Monkey Magic

3 & 4, 410 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 9358 4444

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