Ikura: Really fresh Japanese

Surprisingly good value

Ikura (イクラ) is Japanese for Salmon Roe, one of the key ingredients in many gorgeous Japanese dishes.

The Ikura restaurant is a good Japanese eatery on Bridge Street, just off the Pacific Highway in Pymble. Nestled in the business park, I was surprised at the constant flow of people coming in to eat the evening we were there. Because the business area is closed in the evenings, parking is easy and the surrounding area is quiet.

The restaurant is nicely laid out, with a pretty lantern lit entrance. The staff are friendly, but the food is the reason you are going there; chilli prawn tempura, volcano roll, wagyu saikoro, sushi, sashimi and very, very fresh fish. If you are new to Japanese food, the menu is full of quality pictures of their dishes, so you know what you are ordering.

We were a group of five and the waiter was friendly and efficient, seating us quickly and helping us with our order.

Ikura - Wagyu Saikoro TeppanFood arrived quickly and was fresh, tasty and well presented. We ordered a broad range of dishes including the Deluxe Sashimi plate, Sushi and Wagyu Saikoro Tepan. I was particularly taken with the Wagyu beef dish which was char grilled and full of flavour as well as the Chicken Nanban which crisp and juicy with a nice, tangy and slightly spicy sauce.

While we were eating, there were quite a number of families with quite small children enjoying the food. The restaurant is demure and quiet, but kids and families fit in easily and the surroundings absorb any noise, unlike most restaurants along the Pacific Highway.

We ordered dishes in several stages, adding more as our fancy dictated. Each time the new dish arrived, I was pleased with its unique presentation and the quality of the ingredients.

And we were all nicely surprised when the bill arrived. We ate a good variety of food and the bill was under $40 per head.

Well worth a visit.

Tel: (02) 9488 8747
20 Bridge Street

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