Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Kiri Japanese Restaurant





I had the pleasure of celebrating my birthday recently at Kiri Japanese Restaurant in Perth (yes… I’m back after a 9 month separation from my adopted home). I must disclose at this point however that I am not completely impartial in this review… you see - the owner and chef of this tiny little eatery in Shenton Park, Taka, is a friend through my sister.

Taka and his charming wife, Noriko, started Kiri out of sheer passion and commitment, after having come to Australia to provide for an education for their two little (and unbelievably cute) daughters. Having started out working at run of the mill “Westernised” Japanese restaurants, this hardworking couple ventured into their own catering business and eventually found the perfect spot to call their own. And their efforts have paid off – Kiri is hugely popular and has become a rising star in the very limited choice of good Japanese restaurants in Perth.

A trained kaiseki chef, Taka will gladly whip up the Japanese equivalent of a degustation menu for you if you book 3 days in advance. Given that we didn't have enough time to make a booking as we had just arrived in Perth, we instead left it to Taka to cook up dishes from his ala carte menu and to only stop when when we had our fill. And so... 13 dishes later, we finished our dinner completely stuffed but very happy.

Amongst the highlights were the nasu dengaku (grilled eggplant with miso sauce), a beautifully presented platter of fresh sashimi and the grilled wagyu fillet with a ponzu dipping sauce.

Kiri is a fine little restaurant that will go far. I for one am really happy that Taka and Noriko are finally reaping the rewards from their commitment and passion. Their journey has been tough but theirs is a lesson of hard work at something they believe in... and as far as becoming wiser with age, that's one lesson I hope to be reminded of at all my birthdays.

Kiri Authentic Japanese Cuisine on Urbanspoon

10 comments:

Anonymous December 5, 2009 at 5:01 PM  

wow the food there is awesome!!!

ele-bro December 5, 2009 at 5:02 PM  

Everyone should at lease try the food, its wonderful!!! :)

kaho and Toko December 5, 2009 at 5:02 PM  

Everybody leave a comment plz

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Anonymous July 29, 2010 at 12:52 PM  

Good food, but they can be VERY rigid in their attitude, as per the below:

I live locally and have bought takeaway from them many times; I went in recently and there were no tables free to dine in, so we bought takeaway and asked if it would be okay to eat in if a table became available while the food was being prepared. They said 'yes', but when the food was ready and a table had become free, the owner came across and said we would have to trash our takeaway food and buy another meal from their 'eat in' menu..!

It is also VERY hard to get through to them on the phone at times, and their times of opening are quirky to say the least...

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