The night before leaving NZ for good, some of us went out for a dinner. We went out to Gion Japanese Restaurant on Parnell Rd. Since it's the last dinner for me in the Land of Sheep, I decided to go for the gold, and went for Chef's Choice ("Omakase") set course menu. It wasn't cheap, almost 70 bucks, but it sure was oh so worth it.
It started with salad and miso soup. Your standard fare. Then came a plate of kazunoko (salted herring eggs), ikura (salted salmon eggs) and a few pieces of shibazuke (pickled cucumber colored red); picture not shown here as I couldn't put too many in one blog entry! But these are all good accompanyment if I had ordered some nice junmai ginjyo sake... Damn, I really should have.
But wait! There was even more! I got green tea icecream and fruit as well. I was a very happy man.
After the meal at Gion, we ended up going out for dessert at the Chocolate Boutique and then onto games of billiards and bowling up in Newmarket. Not too shabby a way to spend the last evening in NZ...