Hamilton Lake - jaw-dropping amazing scenary.
On rural placement and I’m walking home for lunch and this comes out of no where! Haha
Shira Nui - 247 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley, VIC 3150.
Shira Nui is said to be one of the best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne, given the tick of approval from Matt Preston!
The restaurant itself is quite small, seating probably 25 people at a table and around 12 people at the counter. Seating at the table allows you to have a la carte and also order sushi from the counter whereas at the counter it was a set menu called Omkaske, $90 a head where you receive 9 pairs of freshy prepared nigiri right before you and you can order any further pairs of nigiri until your stomach is content!
I decided to go for a table, giving me the opportunity to order something off the a la carte menu as well as being able to order sushi from the counter.
Service wise it is very polite and efficient. As soon as we sat down we had a small appetiser brought to the table, which was a little tart and oniony salad with a little piece of fried fish. A nice way to prepare the tastebuds for the meal to come.
I went for the Shira Nui Nigiri, which featured 9 specialty nigiri, told by the waiter “they are interesting cuts you would never have tried before or be able to try elsewhere” and so that convinced me! When the plate was brought to the table I was kindly informed not to dip the eel nigiri into soy sauce but all other pieces were fine with soy sauce. Such attention to detail! The cuts I was really interested in were the salmon and tuna belly. Both pieces were not at all fatty and all melt in your mouth amazing, and this went for all the other pieces too! Each piece had a small amount of rice (which was perfectly cooked, beautifully moist with a little wasabi on top before the sashimi was draped on top) allowing the sashimi to shine. Although it was a little expensive for 9 pieces of nigiri, it was totally worth it. I did not feel jibbed at all. All pieces were of very high quality, and cut quite generously. Wasabi on the side was of great quality too, a little amount would leave your eyes watering and in a bit of a sweat! ;D
My friend who wasn’t very hungry at the time went for Prawn Skewers. We both didn’t read the menu carefully enough, expecting some sort of grilled skewered prawns. Turned out it was just tempura prawns! Nothing special! Just your average fried tempura served with a plain salad.
For dessert, we both went for a Crème brûlée. I went for the green tea creme brulee. The blow torched sugar on top did not give the nice crack I was expecting. The crack was a little more subtle. The custard underneath seemed to fall a little short in terms of texture but flavour wise it wasn’t terrible. The ‘custard’ was quite runny but it did have a nice green tea flavour. Vanilla ice cream was on the side with some fruit, but this didn’t add much.
Although the service is extremely efficient, it felt at times we were a little over-serviced (if there is such thing). We were asked several times (almost felt like we were pushed) when we were ready to order, if we had finished with a particular dish and if we had decided what we wanted for dessert. Definately a place to go for a quick high quality meal rather than a sit and chat.
Overall, stick to the sushi dishes, prepare to have some big damage done to your wallet, but in return consume the best and freshest sushi you’ve ever had!
Nothing like a good bowl of Phở for lunch on a gloomy, rainy and cold autumn day like today!
Operator25 - 25 Wills St Melbourne, VIC 3000.
Operator25 is a fairly new cafe, taking on the ever growing number of cafes in Melbourne. It has a nice atmosphere to it, not too loud and cosy enough to have a nice chat.
Operator25 has on offer quite a few varieties of blends and single origin coffee. I opted for the Cappuccino - Summer Blend, Code Black Coffee ($3.80). The coffee was served mildly warm (a little cooler than I prefer), and did not have a strong caffeine flavour to it, but had a nice woody flavour where a touch of brown sugar brought out the flavour even more.
Around the table, we selected Battered Soft Shell Crab, Roasted Broccoli and Green Harissa Omelette on Sourdough Toast + Zucchini and Sweet Corn Fritters, Mixed Mushrooms Fricassee, Soft Boiled Egg, Harissa Spiced Ricotta + Smashed Avocado on Multigrain Toast, Two Soft Poached Eggs, Fresh Dill and Tomato Salsa with added Tasmanian ‘Cold Smoked’ Salmon and for dessert Vanilla Custard Sago, Rhubarb Compote, Raspberry Foam, Rose Meringue, Vanilla Ice Cream to share. Looks like an awful lot eh? It’s cause the dishes had so many different components to it! ;D
For the Battered Soft Shell Crab, Roasted Broccoli and Green Harissa Omelette on Sourdough Toast ($15) the omelette was beautifully cooked with it still being fluffy and able to hold its contents. It is a little spicy from the harissa but this gave it a good kick of flavour and awoken the tastebuds! The broccoli was well-seasoned, with a nice flavour to it - such a beautiful component of the dish. The main star was the soft shell crab, although a little soggy especially by the time you got to the end of the omelette, the batter it was fried in made up for it completely. Nice crab flavour through it without overpowering the other flavours of the dish. The sourdough toast was a nice accompaniment to make the dish a little more substantial. All the flavours in this dish complemented each other well.
The avocado mix in the Smashed Avocado on Multigrain Toast, Two Soft Poached Eggs, Fresh Dill and Tomato Salsa with added Tasmanian ‘Cold Smoked’ Salmon ($20) had some avocado cubes still in the mix and was seasoned well and wasn’t too sour. The salsa on top was nice, but I reckon the dish could’ve done with a bit more! The bread underneath was nicely toasted and had some pepitas in it giving the dish another layer of texture. The eggs were poached well. As a whole, this dish was quite satisfying.
The fritters for the Zucchini and Sweet Corn Fritters, Mixed Mushrooms Fricassee, Soft Boiled Egg, Harissa Spiced Ricotta ($17) were very fresh with the corn in the fritters still juicy and crunchy. The mushrooms on top were cooked extremely well with a beautiful flavour to them. The Harissa Spiced Ricotta on the side was interesting. It was creamy and a little bland and did not have the same kick to it as it did in the Soft Shell Crab Omelette but went moderately well with the fritters.
The Vanilla Custard Sago, Rhubarb Compote, Raspberry Foam, Rose Meringue, Vanilla Ice Cream was as a whole quite sour but a very refreshing dish cleansing the palate. The meringue bits added a nice contrast in texture as well as providing a little sweetness to the dish. A nice way to end a good brunch!
Salt & Pepper Soft Shell Crab
Do you live in Adelaide? Check out my Uncle’s restaurant!!
The biggest salad I have EVER had for lunch! Very satisfying! Thanks Sofia’s!
Isn’t it ironic that Nexium is in the background? lol