Ha-lu is a great Japanese fusion restaurant for not only dine-in but take away as well. I was so impressed the first time I went, I returned twice in one weekend. Here’s a combined post on the times visited recently including a very special birthday for Foodie Cravings.
Sashimi of the Day $18.00 Salmon, Tuna and Kingfish
Thick cut fresh slippery slices of fish to start.
Crumbed Camembert Cheese $9.80
These deep fried wedges of soft cheese oozes into your mouth with the tang of some lemon and their delicious blueberry jam like sauce. It is served with cute skinless honey cherry tomatoes.
This was one of those dishes where the table next to us had to lean over just to ask what it was because it looked that attractive! Plump juicy prawns tossed in their own concoction of mayo cocktail sauce and was barely contained in a deep fried wanton parcel.
But wait theres more!
Once cracked open… a poached runny egg streams over a refreshing avocado salad. It was amazing.
Scallop Nanban $18.00
These fat scallops are only lightly deep fried and inside they are still a little raw. Some people, myself included, who don’t like raw seafood might be put off this dish. Having said that I still enjoyed these because the scallops themself were so bitey and fresh that I could overlook the fact it was still raw.
Close up of Scallop Nanban $18.00
The fried lotus root and julienned raw veggies on top complimented the scallops perfectly.
Oyster Kaki-Fry $18.00
Unlike most of their lightly fried dishes, this dish is a bit on the heavier side. The oysters are coated with a seasoned panko batter and is very crunchy. I would probably only order this if there are more than two people eating as I got quite full eating it.
Linley Valley Pork Belly “Kaku-ni” $16.00
The blocks of slow cooked Linley Valley pork belly pulls apart with ease. The light soy jus goes great with the pork and soft boiled eggs. This is my favourite dish here.
Kingfish and Salmon Belly Nitsuke $18.00
Mmm did I ever tell you my favourite part of a fish is the belly and skin? These were a win being skin-on and deep fried belly pieces. The slow cooked daikon was very light and fluffy.
Succelent Terriyaki Chicken $13
Teriyaki chicken the way it should be. Crispy skin and a caramelised teriyaki sauce with additional mayonaise.
Grilled Miso Patagonian Toothfish $18.00
The toothfish was flakey and soft and lightly grilled with miso flavour.
Duck, Aubergine, Madeira sauce with Wholegrain Mustard $24.00
My second favourite dish here. The skin of the duck is crunchy with a smokey flavour. The meat of the duck, cooked to a medium rare is very tender. The sauce madeira-tamari together with the duck was out of this world and even though I do not like aubergine or the hint of mustard powder I still enjoyed this dish to the fullest.
Ginger Linley Valley Pork $22.00
I was actually confused when this dish came out as I was sure she said pork, but when I tasted it, the texture was completely different to what pork usually tastes like. The pork had no dryness… so not only have they managed to make it taste delicious but they made it extra juicy. Not only are they chefs but wizards too.
Premium Beef “Ishi-yaki” Grill with Fried Onions $32 Margeret River Wagyu D-Rump
The wagyu rump is served in a stonepot so you can cook your beef to your liking and the fried onions become a chip like side.
Side Ramen $8.00
The tiny knob of butter melts into your broth and the slurpy ramen made me wish I had ordered this to myself.
Miso Soup $2.50, Rice $2.50
White Chocolate, Roasted Tea and Berry Pannacotta & Ume Plum Gelee $9.50
This dessert was light and not overly sweet.
Baked Cheesecake with a hint of Azuki $9.50
This was not a traditional cheesecake. It was more like a soft, warm cloud of yumminess. Bites of berries and sesame ice cream to add to the experience.
Tea for Two $4.00
Teriyaki Chicken Bento $16.00
All their bento’s come with two croquettes, japanese omelette, kara-age chicken, mushroom salad and rice. The Kara-age chicken was a bit cold in mine but it was still tasty.
Beef Tataki Bento $20.00
Pork Belly Bento $26.00
The staff here are very helpful and the food comes out quickly. The takeaway wait time is a little bit longer at around 20 minutes, but it’s worth the wait.
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