James Parker, Northbridge

PERTH | James Parker Sushi & Sake has built a reputation over the past few years as on the the city’s best Japanese restaurants. The name of the restaurant might not sound typical for that of a Japanese restaurant, but the reasoning behind it is simple. The restaurant is located on the corner of James and Parker street in Northbridge.

The space is minimalist, low-lit with natural materials and lots of timber. Chill beats and jazz play quietly in the background, adding the the relaxing vibe. The main dining space features tables and seats but, when you book, try a see if you can nab a seat at the sushi counter, where you can chat with the chefs while watching them masterfully preparing sushi, sashimi, and tataki.

The menu and James Parker is extensive. There’s the aforementioned raw bar and sushi counter, along with a variety of cooked dishes. I highly recommend leaving things in the hands of head chef Naokazu and his team, and going for the multi-course omakase menu. This gets you a diverse, progressive dinner of the menu’s highlights, and what’s fresh and best on the day.

Seafood is a highlight here. Care goes into each piece, with the perfectly textured rice formed into balls by hand and served at the exact right temperature, according. When I visited, the sea eel (anago), and the fatty tuna belly (otoro) stood out particularly, for both their flavour and texture.

Margaret River wagyu beef tataki, served with a ponzu sauce, is outstanding. Make sure you also try the miso marinated grilled Patagonian toothfish. The sweet and savoury, flaky delight is one of the tastiest things on the menu.

To drink, it’s a selection of sake, wine, spirits and beer – both Japanese and local. I recommend a sake or two, leaving it to the staff to recommend which ones to order based on the food that you’re ordering.

James Parker Sushi & Sake

Shop 2, 182 James Street
Western Australia 6003

Telephone: (08) 9328 2525
E-mail: n/a

Mon – Tue, Thu: 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Fri: 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Sat – Sun: 11:30am to 1:30pm; 5:30pm to 10:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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