My Favourite Dish: Yukio Ozeki, Ebisu

My Favourite Dish: Yukio Ozeki, Ebisu

MY FAVOURITE DISH

Yukio Ozeki
Head Chef - Ebisu


Ebisu no Osashimi - New style mixed sashimi, pickled cucumber, tobiko, ginger & sesame dressing



This dish is a collaboration between the chefs here at Ebisu. I had a vision of how this dish would be and Murray the executive chef added a European twist to it. I took that and turned it into a Japanese style dish. It was great that collectively we came up with the dish. It's quite a beautiful evolving fusion of all of our ideas.



What is on the menu now is a smaller broken-down version of what we originally came up with. It's clean and sharp and crisp. When you think of sashimi you think of big chunks of fish all standing on their own. This dish is more to be eaten all together as the flavours match really well.



The fish we use is whatever is in season and what's been caught fresh. There is always Japanese scallop, tuna and salmon. There's sometimes John Dory, hapuka or snapper, literally what comes in from the boat. We only take the best possible fish that's brought in.

It is a simple process to get this dish prepared. First I slice the sashimi and place this on the plate. We add sliced cucumber, wasabi and dressing and then add some tobiko and edible flowers.



What comes out of the kitchen here has to be a meal for every sense. Firstly you take in a meal with your eyes, then you smell in and all your senses come together last of which is the flavour coming through on your palate. It's got to have texture, crunch, softness… a lot of things. You can't serve great tasting food if it doesn't look good when you first see it.



This is my favourite dish as I've never had the chance before to create a dish that combines my cooking experience from Japan and New Zealand. This is the first time I have made a multinational fusion dish. The Ebisu concept is fusion new-style Japanese. This dish introduces Japan to New Zealand, but really represents both countries.


Simple, fresh and absolutely beautiful to look at. It's a shame you have to eat it given the immaculate presentation.

As told to Jono Park.

Click Here To Read Features From The First My Favourite Dish Series.



Most Read Today

image
01 Auckland's Best Free Kids Activities

We check out the best five free kids activities in...

image
02 Auckland's Best Malls

Check out our picks of the top five malls in Auckl...

image
03 Auckland's Best Playgrounds

The kids have spoken and we are pleased to present...

image
04 Auckland's Best Swimming Pools

We have a look at five heated swimming pool comple...

image
05 Auckland's Best Donuts

After slogging the hard yards trying a selection o...

Content updated: 04/07/2015 20:24

Related Features

Feature Image
Al Brown’s SkyCity eatery takes out top restaurant award
Feature Image
Nine newcomers and three returning favourites make the cut.
Feature Image
Auckland's hospitality scene has never looked so good - here's eight reasons why.
Feature Image
Review, Rate & Share your experiences now!

Restaurant Reviews

Get Onboard

Make It A Date

Connect

Latest Restaurants User Reviews

  • Coco's Cantina
    At Coco's Cantina, the staff are the loveliest, quick thinking pr...

    Chiana_Local_Hero on 2/07/2015 @ 12:59 p.m.
  • Better Burger - Vulcan Lane
    I’d heard all about Better Burger versus Burger Burger so being t...

    Chiana_Local_Hero on 2/07/2015 @ 12:06 p.m.
  • Nanam
    If you're after something different this is the place. I'd never ...

    MissGVB on 1/07/2015 @ 6:02 p.m.
  • Masala Indian Restaurant
    My partner and I ordered takeaway Butter Chicken and Chicken Saag...

    Anonymous on 28/06/2015 @ 7:15 p.m.
  • The Jefferson
    A new whisky/bourbon bar in town. The bottles they have are amazi...

    Iainf on 26/06/2015 @ 9:12 a.m.
Hitwise Award Winner