Yakitori Takumi is my favourite Japanese restaurant in Adelaide. The first and only yakitori restaurant in South Australia. They specialise in grilled skewers of different meats and vegetables. Everything is grilled fresh right in front of your eyes in their small open kitchen.
When I saw they were doing a tasting menu for Tasting Australia I immediately rang up to secure a booking. They were serving 12 courses with matching sake. An event not to be missed!
Soft, tender and moist smoked duck with yuzu dressing.
Stuffed chicken wings were crispy on the outside filled with a delicious minced meat stuffing and coated in a crunchy sesame crumb. Simple grilled chicken wing seasoned with salt and lemon pepper.
Grilled chicken with spring onion topped with thinly sliced radish.
Thick tofu with enoki ankake. The tofu was super crispy on the outside but still delectably silky and soft on the inside.
Hokkaido style grilled salmon with miso. The skin was crispy and the salmon moist topped with crunchy red cabbage.
I’m not a huge fan of offal but I’m always open and willing to try new foods. Grilled chicken liver and heart. I ate the whole skewer of heart which I actually quite enjoyed but I could only stomach one bite of liver.
Crispy tempura mushrooms were bursting with juiciness.
Fried chicken izakaya style with a delightful creamy mayonnaise on top.
Grilled pork belly thinly sliced and seasoned with salt and lemon pepper.
Chilled tomato with shiso dressing was light and very refreshing.
Nagoya style stewed beef in red miso. The beef was so soft and the quail egg was a delicious burst of creaminess.
Takumi style rice ball. Flavoursome rice ball cooked in stock and wrapped in seaweed.
Yuzu and white miso ice cream to finish off was such a different and interesting combination. The miso gave off a spicy kick in my mouth in contrast to the sweet creamy ice cream.
When I first saw the menu I thought I would still be hungry as it was only one skewer per course and I usually order a lot of food when I come here. I was so wrong. There was plenty of food and Yakitori Takumi did such a great job in putting together a fantastic menu with such an amazing variety. By the end of it I was completely satisfied.
Although this was a special menu some of the dishes that were served are available on their regular menu.
All the dishes were so simple yet so full of flavour. I love how all seasonings and sauces are made in house. Such an authentic and amazing dining experience every single time.