Finding the restaurant address in Mosman Park was easy. Once we arrived though, the entrance was a little mysterious. Under the Fuku street sign was a closed gold door and an intercom buzzer on the wall. I pressed the buzzer and the door slid open to reveal an intimate teppanyaki restaurant with just 16 bench seats flanking two central BBQs. The back wall was lined with sake bottles, the lighting was soft and behind the BBQs was a very cool glass mural in gold colours featuring a couple of Japanese women with hair in a bun. It was very sophisticated fit out and I immediately knew we were in for a treat.
We were dining on the 8-course ‘better’ menu ($135 pp). There are two other menus offered at Fuku, the ‘good’ 4-course menu ($100 pp), and the ‘best’ 10-course menu ($220 pp). There is also a ‘walk in’ menu ($75 pp).
The sake menu lists 30+ different types ranging in price from $25 for 220ml pot to $340 for 1.8 litre bottle. If you don’t finish your bottle of sake, and you’d be doing well to finish one and still be able to have control of bodily functions, you can take it home with you. Nice.
The small but precise wine list offers everything by the glass and the bottle, besides the dozen wines listed on the ‘reserve’ list. A wine and a sake degustation matching is offered (both at $75 pp).
Kawa Ebi and sun dried crispy nori sheet
Small morsels (otsumani)
Scalloop, prawn and crispy prawn head
Fish of the day – red emporer
Wagyu sirlion grade 9+ with fried rice
Yuzu cheesecake, chocolate drink, and mountain peach
Fuku not only provides fantastic food, but there is also a cheffy show. Chef Jaymon was spinning and juggling the salt and pepper grinders, spatula, and tongs, doing a great job with the obligatory ‘tap’ of the said implements onto the surface. The most impressive of his tricks was throwing a raw egg up into the air and catching it on the side of the BBQ spatula, causing it to crack and gently plop onto the hotplate. Bravo, or whatever the Japanese equivalent to that is.
The service every step of the way was first class. Our waiter patiently answered our questions without any hint of snobbery. Chef Jaymon has been with Fuku since it opened seven month ago in October last year. He has the soft warm nature that many Philipinos have, and loves living and working in Perth.
“The people in Perth are friendly and our customers are so nice. Not like where I worked in Cyprus, people there were not happy and a bit mean. My wife likes living here – happy wife…!’ Jaymon said, with a smile.
Even the toilets are something worthwhile experiencing. They have heated seats and an electronic panel with a multitude of options for cleaning ‘down there’ as you sit. It’s a Japanese thing apparently!
Verdict: For a special night out, treat yourself to Fuku. It’s more than dinner, it’s gastronomic entertainment, as well as being completely pleasing on the palate. It is expensive, but the quality of everything is A-grade, so the value is there. If you like Japanese food, you will love Fuku. If you have never tried Teppanyaki, Fuki will be your perfect introduction to the Japanese BBQ.
Fuku Omakase and Teppanyaki
20 Glyde Street, Mosman Park
Tel: 0403 470 964
Disclosure: Travelletto dined with compliments of Fuku. This post was also published on Dianne Bortoletto’s blog, www.travelletto.com