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HOT: Sono, Portside Wharf – 39 Hercules St, Hamilton.

Not too much of an introduction is required for Sono (Portside or City), stuff particularly for fans of Japanese cuisine.  So I’ll get straight to the point.  I’ve found a new love when it comes to teppanyaki….sorry Kabuki, we’re having a break.

MM and I joined our besties for a double date recently to celebrate some birthday action and the whole Sono Portside experience was the perfect way to enjoy a low key, high quality meal with great friends. 

We decided to have the Natsu teppanyaki menu for $65 per head.


Seated round the teppan barbeque plate with other diners (it didn’t bother us to share the fun with strangers after all), we were greeted pleasantly by our waitresses and chef and were made to feel like VIPs throughout the evening, with constant but not over the top attention.  The meal began with an appetizer duo of seared tuna with sesame sauce and soft shell crab with shiso salsa.  These delicate morsels were of melt in your mouth quality…although I have no idea what shiso salsa is, it was shiso good.

We were then presented a dainty little prawn salad which had the creamiest seafood sauce I’ve ever tasted atop a few succulent king prawns resting on a bed of fresh, crisp greens.


Onto the main part of the show, and it was a case of your typical teppanyaki-style tasters of king prawns, fried rice and stir fried vegies, all delivered in typical teppanyaki fashion with the bowls being hoiked over the bbq plate into the clumsy hands of amateurs!


As usual, it was entertaining and our chef got a lot of laughs.  The stand out dish was the Hokkaido scallops – drizzled in a rich creamy sauce…only two was just a tease. 


An absolute winner was the fish of the day (I’m not sure what the actual fish was, sorry), wrapped in paper and bathing in a mix of Asian style sauces and vegies, then steamed on the bbq plate.  The beautiful white flesh was cooked to perfection and the aroma from the little paper package was to die for.

After a calming miso soup to wind things down for the night, the meal was topped off by a beautiful scoop of green tea ice cream and strawberries, which was the ultimate palate cleanser and tummy settler.

The Natsu menu at Sono Portside was a real value for money selection; we couldn’t have squeezed another thing in.  Every morsel that passed our lips was exceptional quality, and the impressive flavours just kept on coming.  My next endeavor at Sono will be to give the ala carte menu a serious nudge – if the teppanyaki is anything to go by, it should be a winner.


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