Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hosokawa Japanese Restaurant @ Racecourse Road, Brisbane

Hosokawa is a small and cozy restaurant and as the name suggests serves Japanese cuisine. If you are looking for a wide range of items and a more modern approach to Japanese food, you are knocking at the wrong door of Hosokawa. 


What you will expect though is a small menu of classic items like sashimi, sushi, teppanyaki, tempura, teriyaki and a few more items here and there. Items that represent the core of Japanese cuisine and no more. However does the concise menu means guaranteed quality and taste? 


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Situated in Ascot in the higher end of the Hamilton suburb, the area is relatively quiet without too much noise. 

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We kicked off with the huge Sashimi platter for AUD32. Generous fresh portions of salmon, tuna, hamachi, squid and scallops. While I was happy with the portion, with any platter I expect a larger variety and a surprise or two which we didn't find. 

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The Miso Eggplant is a recipe that I have never succeeded in replicating and we gladly come back to have this instead. However that night, this eggplant took a good 40 minutes before it arrived on our table, not something to order if you are in a hurry.

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There was perhaps one problem with the grilled sea perch; Saikoyoyaki, the size and the price. What looked like a portion that was no more than a 100gm was AUD18. While I think the response was the fish was good, it was overshadowed by the pricey price tag. 

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Thankfully, the Unagi came in the standard portion and it was grilled well with the compulsory sweet glaze. 


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My friend who thought the fish would suffice had to call for an additional order for chicken karaage. What we noticed was the use of chicken breast vs. chicken thigh. However it was finished in a flash so I guess the meat wasn't dried out.

Hosokawa is a place you want to go for some classic Japanese dishes, a haven to visit to remind you of home if you are Japanese. However if you are on the look out for modern Japanese cuisine and want your palate to be tempted with unfamiliar flavours, Hosokawa won't be for you.

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Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Visit the place with expectations for classic dishes and Hosokawa will deliver. Good quality food with slightly above average prices. 

13 comments:

qwazymonkey said...

Bro, reading Japanese on Boo's and Sean's blog and now your's too. I have a feeling I know what's for lunch later. Hungers.

It's such a pain to find good Miso Eggplant here in KL. And those available aren't the best specimens around. Sighs. Sometimes I just wanna fly back to Oz-land for some. :)

Have a nice day

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jon: haha jap food for lunch! i think the best miso eggplant i had in KL is the one at shuraku in solaris..it is always so tempting to order 2 portions!

J said...

Mmmm. LUV grilled eggplant.... :D
(Well at least it looks like there's no shortage of good Jap in Oz for you to nom on)

Bangsar-bAbE said...

That's one PUNY sea perch!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: PUNY indeed!

j: but i cant seem to replicate it at home and its a pretty expensive vegetable considering all the water content of the vegetables needs to be dehydrated before the cooking process!

Michelle Chin said...

There's a racecourse road in Brisbane as well? I live near racecourse road in Melbourne!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mchin: aussies are real horse addicts i tell you, its everywhere!

Baby Sumo said...

When I saw the photo (without reading the descriptions at first), I thought the grilled sea perch was a clove of garlic! Lol!

But food looks good. Been a while since we had Jap since the Japan incident.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babysumo: it would have been a super macro shot for that to be a clove of garlic haha!

Sean said...

even after converting the price for that sashimi platter to ringgit (can't resist!), it still seems pretty reasonable! :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: thats very true, it b hard to get a platter of that size for rm100!

OMGGIMMENOW said...

My friend was telling me about a good Japanese restaurant in Ascot but forgot the name... I think this might actually be it!
Thanks for the heads up :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

omggimmenow: this could be it!