Sushi, one of those foods that people claim to love so much, and then quickly ruin it by saying "but I hate raw fish, it makes me gag". I am not the worlds biggest sushi or sashimi fan, but I do love the simplicity and the gentle philosophy of Japanese food, which for me is embodied by the notion that quality and freshness of produce will beat any amount of preparation.
A single slice of high quality sashimi grade tuna or salmon needs nothing else to make it a taste sensation.
The people at Jaws Mint understand this concept. With the sushi train in the former Hoyts movie theatre in the city closed down, and the other sushi train in the Hay St Mall buzzing with a considerable throng of daily devotees, Jaws Mint is the newest shop to enter the Jaws empire.
Situated on the corner of Hay St and Hill St in the city, and directly opposite the Perth Mint, it's a return to a more classic style of sushi experience. With a series of small tables and long bar running almost the length of the restaurant, behind which a solitary chef pretends to prepare dishes for everyone.
The real work however, happens out the back. Behind a tantalising curtain glimpses of furious activity can be seen as sushi and sashimi is sliced and served, and piping hot pots of chawan mushi are delivered to tables with customary warnings that you will burn yourself (and you will).
The menu is simple but well featured with enough styles of dishes to keep things interesting for everyone. There's even a tasting menu for the less adventurous, to provide a structured overview into good Japanese eating.
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