It was a warm Saturday afternoon and my group of three was keen for a light lunch at Satsuki. We had a booking but it wasn’t necessary because the restaurant was surprisingly empty around noon.
Indoors and outdoors dining areas
We decided to sit indoors to escape the heat, but we could still people-watch the bogans loitering around Subi train station! There were a few bugs that buzzed around inside, but nothing we couldn’t squish.
Choose bar seats or small dining tables
The lunch menu is only two pages and offers a limited selection of dishes. I was disappointed that we couldn’t order gyozas because the small range of sides were not very exciting. In the end, we chose Chilled Udon Noodles with Dipping Sauce to share on the side of our mains.
Chilled Udon Noodles with Dipping Sauce ($8)
For the price, I was disappointed with the small serving of noodles. We mixed the ginger and shallots with the sauce and it was a tasty snack, but this is something I can recreate at home for a fraction of the price.
Chicken Teriyaki Gozen ($14)
One of my dining companions chose the safe option. The chicken teriyaki was reported to be flavoursome, and not too sweet or sticky. Each of our lunch sets came with miso soup, steamed rice, and simmered nimono vegies. I enjoyed the unusual mix of potato, carrot, and edamame (soybean) in a light broth, and I was pleased to steal extra vegies from my friend!
Tuna Tataki Gozen ($15.50)
I suffered from food envy when I spotted my other friend’s choice of Tuna Tataki. Thankfully he shared a piece with me and I thoroughly enjoyed the seared, silky, miso marinated tuna. Yum!!
Chirashi Gozen ($19.90)
My sashimi was fresh and the Chirashi Gozen is a great pick for a warm summery day. The small burnt stamp on the egg was so cute and the dish was very well-presented. However, I was quite disappointed with the serving size. The dish comes with 2 pcs cuttlefish, 1 pc tamagoyaki (egg), 2 pcs tuna, 2 large cooked prawns, and 1 pc of salmon (which I was really craving). On the plus side, this is probably the first time I have encountered fresh wasabi in Perth. Hot hot hot, and plenty of it :)
Sake collection on display
The staff at Satsuki are friendly and attentive, happy to re-fill your free chilled water and clear your plates (without rushing you). It might have been that we visited during a less busy time, but I was very pleased with the service. I’ll be back to taste the more extensive dinner menu!
Likes: good quality, affordable lunch sets
Dislikes: limited lunch-time menu
Value for money: reasonable
Overall: will be back to try the dinner menu
Shop 1, 50 Subiaco Square
(08) 9381 9868