It’s been about five months since I left the shores of Australia for a new life in Europe. I haven’t forgotten my final meal, which was a stellar performance. Mukka Indian Restaurant made for a perfect sendoff. This ended up being my favourite Indian meal […]
“Oh, it’s Vegan”. I spent a good mile strolling, before realising that the slight difference in texture and flavour was down to the difference in ingredients. Could have had me fooled. I popped in to try something sweet, with a lot of caution mind you. […]
Performing a few miracles when I’m in desperate and urgent need of something fried at an hour that’s sometimes late, Tasty Rooster Charcoal Chicken is the local for something quick, cheap and meaty. It’s a no frills affair with an extensive menu offering including rotisserie chicken, fried chicken, souvlakis (!), burgers, sandwiches and other fried options. I’ve popped in for the fried chicken and at $7.90 for two pieces and a healthy serving of chips, it’s easy on the wallet too. Chips were cooked to order making for fresh from the fryer crunchiness but the last few visits had the chicken on the formerly warm side of things, which was a dampener on the fun.
Try saying that name fast five times over. Funky interior stylings and hip staff make Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya a super cool spot for some not-so-traditional Japanese food stylings. Catalina and I popped in for a quick dinner before a film and we loved half […]
Ramen – but not quite as you know it. Taking a much more contemporary take and targeting a hip, young crowd Shop Ramen adds a little something different to the Japantown that Smith Street already is. I’ve had takeout from the store when it was […]
I was a fan of Shimbashi’s original store in the city, so felt excited when they took the former Huxtable space on Smith Street. The store’s been open for a little while now, and I checked out their offerings with a friend. We shared a large serve of their chicken soba ($21) and two sides in the agedashi tofu and nasu dengaku (deep fried eggplant with miso). The menu is identical to their city one (from what I saw) and the quality is there as well. Again, the handcrafted soba is enjoyable to eat and the light broth is pleasant. There was a bit of a salty aftertaste but that may have been from the sides. Great noodles, great sides and a super handy location.
Agedashi tofu was the first of our sides to arrive. The tofu wasn’t quite as crispy as in other places but the broth had a lovely aroma and the right punchy salty notes that make this dish so good.
We then came to our massive portion of the soba. $4 extra upsizes this, so not exactly sure how big the normal serve looks. Two dumplings and small helpings of spring onion, seaweed, tofu and chicken top the dish. The soba buckwheat noodles are great to eat and had a bite to it. The broth was nice and light for the most part.
Our second side was the nasu gengaku which was the deep fried eggplant with a sweet miso sauce. Shimbashi is on the slightly pricer side of things across all the menu, the eggplant although in small size was suitably tasty. I like the sweet miso which goes oh-so-well with the eggplant. The three dishes finished off our two appetites and we enjoyed the service and the vibe of the venue as well.
On my final discoveries of all places Japanese on Smith Street, I headed into Hanabi Sushi to check out their offerings. They’re open 11am to 7pm and I popped in twice for lunch to check out their hot offerings and their hand rolls. There’s usually […]
Echoing some of the other feedback, whilst the food at Radhey Kitchen and Chai Bar is good, it can taste a bit dry. I went with two options for $10.80 with a side of rice for $2.50. My two choices were the vegetable green curry […]
Fried chicken dreams come true at Gami. It’s why there’s ten stores all over Melbourne now. Of those I’ve only hit two, and I enjoyed the experience at the Fitzroy branch the most. Friendly service, a more relaxed ambience and of course, endearing and heart-inducing fried chicken. It’s my favourite chicken in town in fact. Although it’s become a bit of a cliche, Gami always delivers in terms of unabashedly fried crunchiness, juicy meats and a good time.
After a good day working up the Fitbit steps, Ryan and I gave into the temptation of getting some mouth-watering Gami into our bellies. We had one side dish, the potato heaven, which was quite heavenly as well as 750 grams of the boneless chicken in original recipe (lol) and soy garlic. Both great and the speed, ease of table, service made it a much more enjoyable time than my last one in the Gami city store.
The Potato heaven ($14) might be a Fitzroy exclusive as I haven’t seen it in other menus. It’s a bowl of creamy mash with wedges and sweet chilli and sour cream. Although saucier than I was anticipating, we both enjoyed the buttery-ness of the potato and the sauces were tantalising. My friend EJ had recommended this dish and I can completely understand why. The other side dishes I’ve had at the other Gami store were good but not excellent so I tend to focus only on the chicken. And if you come here, it’s all about the chicken. It’s in the name, naturally.
Excitingly, the chicken came in no time. I had anticipated a bit more of a wait with the gratis prawn chips and radish like the other visit, but it was only minutes after the Potato Heaven. Like last time we went for the ease of the boneless chicken ($34) with half original with honey mustard sauce and half soy garlic sauce. The boneless chicken is a mix of breast and thigh and it is noticeable in each bite. Some of the breast was too dry for me on this occasion. Soy garlic and original are both fantastic flavours and they can be enjoyed for their own, unique characteristics.
We overdid ourselves with the food order and made up all those calories burned from earlier, we finished up the plates of course.