This is where we go for our so-called romantic dates

Shimbashi & Jugemu is our go-to Japanese restaurant for pretty much all our date nights.

There are a few reasons why we keep going back:

  1. It is located in Neutral Bay, which is about 40 minutes drive from our place. This is perfect because it gives me a chance to nap and Rick the chance to fantasise (in peace) about a land where diesel is cheap and where Land Rovers never break down.
  2. The food is exquisite. Every mouthful seems to just burst with flavour. I kid you not, most our dinner conversation goes like this: “Mmmmmm….. yuuuummm…. that is soooo good…. ” Real sophisticated, right?
  3. The owner knows us by name now. At first, we were the bearded Aussie guy and his often-pregnant Chinese wife (I know this because when Rick rang up after the earthquake in Japan to see if the owner’s family was okay, that’s how he identified himself and that’s how the owner knew who he was). Now he knows us as ‘Richard and Rhonda.’ Sadly, we still can’t remember his name. Terrible, I know.
  4. We both like the familiar. It’s not that we don’t like to try new things. It’s more that we don’t like surprises. Plus, date nights are far and few between these days, so if we know something’s good, you can count on us to keep going back. Loyal, that’s what we are.

If you are ever in Sydney and decide to pay this place a visit, here are some dishes to try…

  • Shimbashi roll: This is their signature dish, and trust me, you will never go back to normal salmon sushi roll again. Ever. Each serving contains eight pieces and I usually let Rick have at least one piece. See how much I love him?
  • Wagyu beef steak: Even as a woman who’s rather impartial to steak, I have to say this is good. Picture the nicest steak you’ve ever tasted and then imagine it to be five times tastier. That’s what Shimbashi’s wagyu steak is like. It is a testament to how much Rick loves me that he doesn’t count how many pieces I steal off his plate. Not out loud anyway.
  • Spinach salad: Popeye would be very happy with this one. There is some secret sauce that they use in this salad that makes you want to keep eating it and eating it and eating it. It’s literally spinach on steroids.
  • Soba chips: Yummy chips – only healthy. Need I say more?

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Monica {bohemian twilight} June 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm

this place looks fab and the food sounds so good.

the Mr and i love trying new places, but if we find one that has nice atmosphere, good service and great food, we do tend t return and return. and as you say, when it doesn’t happen often, you want to guarantee a good night.

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Pink Ronnie June 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Exactly! :)

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kristina@beancakes June 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm

i don’t have words for what you just described! these places sound delicious! my husband and i are similar to you guys in these sense that we are creatures of habit with restaurants ~ especially with this one sushi place in berkeley, CA called miyuki:
http://www.themiyuki.com/, it’s are favorite! i really enjoy your photos as well. ;)
xo ~ kristina

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Pink Ronnie June 15, 2011 at 11:22 am

Thx Kristinia – will have to remember this if we ever visit CA!

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kristin June 15, 2011 at 4:47 am

Okay now I’m hungry. Very hungry!

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Pink Ronnie June 15, 2011 at 11:22 am

Gooooo sushi! :)

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lamina @ do a bit June 15, 2011 at 9:45 am

YUM!!!
That looks like the perfect romatic place to go and have a romatic dinner!
Nothing wrong with the familiar… at least you know what you are getting :)

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Pink Ronnie June 15, 2011 at 11:22 am

I agree lamina!

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Lindsay @ Delighted Momma June 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Sushi is where we always go for our “romantic” date too! Hahaha our dinner conversation is pretty similar. Fun pictures!

Answered your question over on my blog :)

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Pink Ronnie June 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Thanks Lindsay!

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Kristina June 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Sushi (and Japanese in general) is one of my most favorite food!! Sooo good! And your pictures make me want to have some sushi now :) Looks like a really nice place! And so cute that the owner knows you by name already!
Happy weekend!

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Pink Ronnie June 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I know – yummy AND healthy, right? What could be better!?

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