Tomiko Japanese Steak House – Champagne Billecart-Salmon Luncheon

Restrictions are dropping and Summer is in full swing. What is a great way to make the most of this freedom and the good weather? Making a trip to where the sea breeze feels coolest, the Marina Pier in Glenelg. Having long been the ‘it’ place for food and culture in Glenelg, it is full steam ahead for the many restaurants along the pier as things in Adelaide begin to heat up.

Having been a Marina Pier staple for some years, Tomiko Japanese Steak House is looking to impress early. On the 6th of December they hosted their All Day Champagne Extravaganza, sponsored by Billecart-Salmon Champagne. It was a marvellous day with a long lunch accompanied by bottomless Champagne that were paired with the dishes themselves. With a 1920’s theme, everyone was dressed up and the vibe was fancy free. Perfect for a long Summers day.

Things kicked off with the Nanban Scallops with sweet and sour sauce which was paired with Mimosas crafted at the bar. The scallops themselves may have also been endless as they just kept coming out from the kitchen. With a crispy Tempura coating and a light drizzle of sauce to compliment it yet not take away from the tenderness of the scallops. This was a fine opening statement.

Next up was my personal highlight. The Teppanyaki Kingfish with Dengaku miso sauce. This is where we got to see the artist’s work at their craft. With a touch of flair and exceptional skill, you watch the kingfish cooked to perfection right before your eyes. And with the performance as proof it’s easy to see the why the Kingfish is so good, cooked at the exact right limit. Served with the miso sauce creates a spectacle where the exquisite fish falls apart and the sauce complements the dish as something that is subtle yet distinctive. Paired with the Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve to refresh and titillate your senses.

This was followed up the Teppanyaki Lobster with yuzu butter champagne sauce. There has been an ongoing theme throughout the dishes of subtly and this is no more exemplified then in the Teppanyaki Lobster. No one flavour comes out as particularly strong. It’s slightly smoked, a hint of creaminess from the sauce, a pinch of fresh accompaniments. All together this dish does a couple of things. It highlights the freshness of the lobster. With no overpowering flavours to get in the way you can enjoy the natural deliciousness of the lobster itself. The other thing this dish does is highlight the paired champagne, the Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose. A sweetness that is really emphasized by the muted flavours of the main dish.

To finish things off was the Semi Freddo. Now I’m a big fan of dessert and this Semi Freddo didn’t let me down but that’s not what I want to talk about. What I do want to talk about is the pairing of the Ruby Port. Port is normally a good match for dessert, but this was over the moon. Such a soft but satisfying sweetness made this a delectable decision as something I could drink all night but only the champagne is bottomless.

Summer is here, my friends. The ocean breeze is as refreshing as it has always been, and quality seafood is ready for the taking. Tomiko Japanese Steak House know what they are doing, they always have. The Marina Pier maybe one of the best destinations for great food and a welcoming setting and there’s no better time for a peruse than right now.

Words by Jonathon Tonkin

WHERE: 7 Holdfast Shores, Glenelg


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