Hihou

Hihou means secret treasure located on the second floor, corner os Spring Street and Flinders Lane with just a small black door to enter, often to be missed whether it's day or night. The secrecy of this Japanese influenced bar added a mysterious element to the place. Lead by Simon Denton's (ex Kappo, Nama Nama, Verge) who also the man behind Izakaya Den clearly loves Japanese food.


Hibiki

Hibiki is one of the recently new brunch place that spark my interest. Honestly, there are so many new brunch place and sometimes their menu are more or less than same, that make me a bit less excited. Hibiki specialised in modern Japanese style breakfast complete with matcha drinks and all the goodness.


Yuzu

Yuzu is a simple Japanese casual dining restaurant in Church Lane. The menu reflect the simpleness as well as the interior. We came in for an early lunch on weekdays, there was only us in the restaurant for the first hour we were there. Friendly and attentive staff greats me straight away, show us to our table and offer us drinks.

The entree comes pretty fast; Beef Tataki ($12), Salmon Aburi Nigiri ($7) and Sashimi-Yuzu-Coconut-Ceviche ($18). The beef tataki was flavoured nicely but the slice was a lil bit sloopy, some slices was a bit thicker than the others. As with the nigiri, I found spiciness flavour in it that I don't really like even tough the salmon it self was beautifully seared. Our entree ended with the unique combination of coconut ceviche of salmon, tuna and kingfish. Sadly, there were a couple of the fish that still has the fishiness after taste when you eat them. I do find this dish a bit weird rather than unique. Maybe if it was served chilled rather than luke warm, it would carry on better.


Chirashi Sushi ($22) and Charsyu Ramen ($16). My husband loves his chirashi sushi, perfectly portions and the fish taste much better in this dish rather than the ceviche. As for the ramen, the noodles it self needs more flavour and I want it to be a lil bit firmer but the broth was nice and the charsyu was delicious as well as tender.


Chocolate Souffle. They don't have the souffle stated on the lunch menu but I asked the staff and they say they can make me one. Sadly, they run out of ice cream so the souffle come without it. Simple looking of chocolate cake but fluffy and warm inside. A nice piece of souffle indeed and I do agree it taste better with an ice cream.

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Yuzu at Church Lane Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Yuzu
+6139620 1177
480 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000
http://www.eatyuzu.com.au/

Fujitei

Fujitei is a Japanese casual dining in St Kilda. Traditional at it's core but also served several fusion dishes. Mostly on special occasions, I will pick Japanese food since it's my favourite cuisine. This time, I'm giving fujitei a try since I heard good reviews.


Torissong

Torissong is a Japanese fusion restaurant in Carlton. It has a spacey classy but simple venue, perfect for large groups and families. The first time, I saw Torissong is went I visit the restaurant next door. It's no secret that I love Japanese food, any new Japanese restaurant in town, intrigues me. Got a double date coming up so with no hesitation, I went in and booked us a table.

Started straight away with; Yakitori ($22) - 5 kinds from the their selection. There's kawa (skin), tsukune (meat ball) and more. Everything were pretty well cooked and seasoned. It goes well with my yuzu tea as well as Hibiki whisky that my husband ordered.


Special of The day: Tuna with Nori and Sashimi Hokkaido Scallop - cucumber, seaweed pickle, yuzu kosho, apple juice ($15). Love the special of the day so much, fresh refreshing tuna with crunchy fried nori, what's not to like? Especially in summer. The next dish is just as amazing, fresh high quality scallop. Lightly seasoned, perfect to highlight the scallop it self. The yuzu flavour and apple, matched nicely and added even more refreshing, slightly sweet flavour to the dish.


Chicken-Katsu Sando - Japanese-style sandwich, deep fried panko crumbed chicken breast, cos lettuce, wasabi mayo ($14) and Torissong Gyoza - pork, cabbage, garlic chives, shiitake mushrooms ($12). I ordered the gyoza for my kid and he likes it, that's always a good news to a parents. One of the highest praise a parent could give. There are four of us that day; we are all in unison, in how good is the sandwich. Even though it's breast, it's not dried at all and the wasabi mayo, it's not too strong and balanced the dish really well.


Teriyaki Lamb Ribs - glazed teriyaki sauce, water cress, French mustard ($16) and Grilled Ox Tounge - Queenslander Ox tounge, green salad, shichimi ($22). My husband wanted the lamb, it was tender, strongly marinated, not strong in odour, normally found in lamb which is always a good thing for me. I do think, the portions of the ox tounge could be a lil bigger but besides that I have no complain.


House Made Lavender Ice Cream with Honeycomb ($5), Earl Grey Panna Cotta - honeycomb and pistachion meringue ($12) and Sake Poached Nashi Pear, tarte de moine cheese ($14). My friend is a fan of the lavender ice cream, just lightly infused but creamy as ever. The panna cotta is rich and creamy but I want it to have a lil bit more jiggly texture. Ended with a strongly infused sake pear, I would like the pear to be a lil bit more tender but the drama with the cheese, sold me. They come in with a small round cheese with it's round grater and grated it in front of us. It looked so fun and taste nice too of course.


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Torissong Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Torissong
+6139029 5922
Shop2/143 Queensberry St
Carlton VIC 3053

Java Spice

Regarded by locals (this is true, the Mayor himself recommended this when I talked to him) as the best restaurant in Swan Hill, Java Spice is tucked away just outskirt of the city centre. The easiest way to find this is to look for Bunnings and find the restaurant in opposite. Upon entering, I can clearly see that the owner has well thought everything in place from the traditional styled entrance, the various statues along the way. the dimmed lighting. It really feels like I am in different place, back home in traditional Indonesian restaurant. The restaurant is quite big, separated into two main dining areas both with enough rooms to cater large group of people.