Wabi Sabi Salon, Collingwood, Melbourne
My favourite Japanese place here in Melbourne land is Wabi Sabi Salon. They have an inventive, interesting menu that delights the tastebuds with modern Japanese cuisine. Lunch is a little different of an experience to dinner, and I went for the katsu bento box with my flatmate whilst we were hunting for a house in Collywood. Fresh, interesting tastes and textures with all items presented well. Great homemade pickles. They have an adorable outdoor seating area although the inside and toilets can be a little cramped at times. How Japan!
The third visit at Wabi Sabi was for an impromptu group dinner after a cheerful evening of infecting the world with diseases via a board game called Pandemic Legacy. No illness of any sort from the dishes here as we were wowed with the cocktails as well as the food items, which included the chicken karage with teriyaki mint sauce and the root vegetable tempura with plum wine chilli mayo. The fried lotus root in this dish is an absolute crowd pleaser and I’d definitely come back for this item alone. Tangy, crunchy, satisfying, fried. And something new too, for the guys who hadn’t had lotus root as much.
Dinner is a sharing affair and some of the options hinge on being a bit pricey, the chicken was a bacon wrapped stuffed fillet and was mostly good, just a tinge dry for our liking. Try for a big group so you can get out a chunk of the menu trialled and chunk of that in your stomach.
The staff at Wabi Sabi Salon are wonderful and you are always well taken care of over your time here. And it’s a great time at that.