Location: Phnom Penh (BKK1)
Cuisine: Japanese (sushi)
Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
Seating: Indoor (private and group seating)
In the land of "same-same" and close enough, one can find a few faults even in the best restaurants of Phnom Penh. Whether it's an otherwise great burger that has not been cooked to the correct temperature or pasta that has been overcooked, getting western food absolutely right is a difficult task for local chefs who do not eat the food themselves. Sushi most definitely fits into this category as fresh fish is surprisingly difficult to come by in the Kingdom and for the local "chefs" who prepare the dishes are not yet adept at the art that is sushi preparation. This is why Adachi was an astounding place to visit as the cuts of fish presented to us were nothing like any other sushi restaurant in the city. The fish is absolutely fresh and tastes as if it has never seen the inside of a freezer.
I would recommend something but literally everything we ordered was fresh and delicious. If I had to pick one dish it would have to be the eel as it is common to present this dish with an over salty flavor, but at Adachi the balance of flavors was near perfection.
The food is beautifully presented with artful decoration, although it is hardly needed given the vibrant and fresh appearance of the fish themselves. There is also careful attention to detail such as the freshly grated wasabi, instead of the kind that comes out of a tube.
There are many other types of Japanese fare besides sushi at Adachi. We also sampled the Karage (Japanese fried chicken), which surprisingly was made of white meat but just as surprising remained moist and juicy. There were no sauces that accompanied the dish but it was hardly needed as the chicken itself was properly seasoned and full of flavor. The tempura platter we ordered was a good mix of seafood and vegetables and once again the careful attention to detail can be seen in the final product. The batter is light, yet crispy and the delicious morsels that it housed were not overcooked and done to perfection.
Something that I was not told until after the meal is that all of the chefs at Adachi are Japanese and are properly trained in the art of sushi preparation. This is a statement that very few, if any, restaurants in Phnom Penh can make and the difference is shown in the quality of the food and presentation. I cannot recommend this establishment enough and while the menu is on the pricier side, I am confident that you will find it well worth it.
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