Tsubo Bar & Restaurant, Dinner Plain

While we were in Dinner Plain, we decided to dine out just for one meal. After doing a bit of research, I decided on Tsubo Bar & Restaurant, a modern Japanese restaurant. Tired after a day of fun in the blizzard snow, we went for the omakase menu at $75 per person. There wasn't an outline of dishes that were going to be served, and we didn't ask either. We just sat there, waiting to be fed!

First up, we were served some warm miso soup. I would have liked it to be even warmer (we were feeling very, very cold!), and the enoki mushrooms were a little hard. Nevertheless, it was a nice prelude to the meal.

The next entrée was potato salad. Dressed lightly with mayo, it was a simple and comforting dish. To be honest, I wasn't too sure where the meal was headed at this point. The dishes that had been served so far were pleasant but unremarkable.

Our next dish was oysters served with ponzu dressing and garnished with red sea lettuce. I've definitely had better and fresher oysters, but these were still lovely. We were then served a simple cucumber salad that acted as a palate cleanser.

Then came the onsen eggs, and suddenly we were all paying full attention. The plating was so beautiful! The eggs, garnished with bonito and nori flakes, were served in their egg shells propped on a bed of salt. The whites were so soft, and the yolks were slightly firm yet creamy.

The next dish had two main features, one being lightly smoked and seared tuna, and the other being kingfish with karashi mayo. The tuna was just divine. My brother's exact words when he took his first bite was, "Can we please order another?". The smokiness added depth to the flavour and made it very distinct from other seared tuna dishes that I had previously had. The kingfish was a great contrast, and had a sharp and spicy taste.

Chicken karaage was next on the list. Although it was a relatively simple dish, it was still highly enjoyable. The meat was really tender, the coating had just the right amount of thickness and crispiness, and the seasonings were spot on. We were all nodding our heads in approval. At this point we were taking an interest in the serving plates. Don't you think they are so pretty?

Things just got better and better. The next dish was black octopus embellished with black quinoa, black sesame and tomatoes. It was slightly chewy, but still quite tender and delicious.

This was the dish responsible for putting us in a food coma. We received two humongous servings of okonomiyaki, thick and generously topped with an array of vegetables, seafood and mayo. It was really tasty, but we tried our hardest and we still couldn't finish it.

Imagine our shock when another main was served after the okonimiyaki! The last dish of our dinner was a medium-rare steak in a tsuyu broth. Strangely enough, I still really enjoyed it and managed to finish it off despite being very, very full. Look at that beautiful consistency!

Needless to say, it was a great dining experience. The only thing I found odd was that the omakase ended on a savoury dish instead of sweets. Then again, would I have wanted green tea ice cream or any other cold dessert for that matter, when it was literally freezing outside? For those of you travelling to Dinner Plain or Mount Hotham this winter season, this is not a restaurant to be missed!

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