From the architectural arched timber entryway to the impressive sushi craft, this contemporary Japanese kitchen is far from your average corner izakaya.
Monday nights in Perth? Difficult. But it may explain why this seven-year-old at the corner of James and Parker in Northbridge does a brisk trade on this particular school night, and why the place is a Monday favourite with hospitality industry types. Don’t let that put you off. They are here, one suspects, for the timeless appeal of good sashimi, nigiri and other sushi styles, and JP delivers.
The variety of seafood employed is admirable – much, much more than simply quality fillet – and the chef craft impressive.
Under a new chef and owner, an earlier, quirkier menu with pictures has been superseded by something more straightforward. The variety of seafood employed is admirable – much, much more than simply quality fillet – and the chef craft impressive. Raw scampi is an absolute treat. Ditto the local scallop. Equally, an uramaki-style roll, the Volcano, with chopped seared scallop and flying fish roe is one of those things you just need to order once you see it delivered nearby.
Tempura is no better or worse than many suburbans and the sweet/savoury grilled eel flaccid; it is, presumably, imported. But the room still looks good, and the service is honest and warm, the value for money impressive. The sake collection is good; the wine cellar far less so. Go on a Monday night.