Ishiya Stone Grill

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Sharon Halim 2 Comments

In almost any group I had, I always have the role of the organiser. I love arranging events, gathering people around and have fun. That does not mean sometimes it can't get stressful. End of October till December is usually my busy moments, multiple birthdays including mine and my partner, reunions, graduations, farewell (cause end of the year is graduations sessions, it means there are a lot of people gone forgood as well), restaurant openings, festivals, good food month, christmas, new year and maybe more events that I could not remember. This particular event is for my closest friend farewell, so I do my best to arrange everything. She like Japanese food and the budget is kinda in the middle to low but with proper place. After numerous calls an emails, I finally settled on Ishiya cause they have plenty of selections, convenient locations and they have Tuesday and Wednesday promotions.

When I finally arrived at the restaurant I was quite shock that it was properly decorated, even though it's petite with limited seating but it still screams elegant and romantic. There were 10 of us and we take up most of the sofa area. Ishiya is a DIY (Do It Yourself) restaurant, basically it's a fun and interactive way for you and your friends to cook your own meal right on the table in front of you. It's a hit and miss with DIY some people do find it fun, some don't. The stone grill used by Ishiya involves 400 degrees volcanic stone in order to cook the meat.

Matcha Latte ($5), Peach Fantasia ($7), Honey Strawberry Bliss ($7). The matcha latte was average and a little bit expensive for the regular cup but both of the mocktails come out fresh and sweet.

Complimentary potato salad. We all agreed that we love them, some of us even ask for a refill and turn's out they charge us for it.

Tempura Moriawase - tempura prawns with assorted vegetables ($17.9). The tempura comes out pretty small, well fried but taste just average.

Tuesday & Wednesday Specials: Entree with Stonegrill ($39.9): 
Entree: Wagyu Beef Skewers. The wagyu skewers are tiny and I expect so much more from them, even though they taste just okay.

Main: small portion of porterhouse, prawn, chicken, fish and lamb skewer. It's a bit challenging to cook everything on the hot stone cause there was not much spaces and they actually take quite some time to cook. The meat it self was blend but the sauce (ponzu, teriyaki and sesame) was really nice.

Tuesday & Wednesday Specials: Tasting Stonegrill ($36.9): 
Entree: Salmon Belly salad. The salad dressing was nice so is the salmon belly.

Main: Teppanyaki fried rice, five kinds of fresh cut of scallop, prawn, salmon, wagyu and scotch fillet. The fried rice was nice and the meat was easier to cook since we can cook it one by one. Same as last one, the meat it self was pretty blend.

Vegetarian Stonegrill set - mixed vegetables with tofu, sweet corn served on stonegrill accompanied by edamame green salad and steam rice ($26.9). Surprisingly, this dish tasted delicious. It was well seasoned and juicy.

Moriwase Yaki Meshi - unagi, chicken, prawn, salmon and vegetables garlic rice ($31.9). This is another dish that come out good, the rice and seafood was well seasoned.

Yuzu Creme Brulee - caramel popcorn, almonds and pecans ($9.5). The serving was really small, 4 tablespoon and it's gone. The taste was really sour and we didn't enjoyed it that much.

Ishiya Dessert Bento - ice cream puffs, almond pannacotta with sweet Japanese rice tea, passionfruit and yuzu parfait, earl grey tea mousse, matcha affogato, green tea ice cream and pear cucumber sorbet ($25.9). This platter is design to share between two person but we are sharing it between 4 and everybody still gets a bite of everything. The overall taste was good but some are way too sour for our taste.

Overall, it was pricier than we though it would be and the service needs major improvement. The major turn down was the service are pretty rude and disorganise, they even charge us an extra dish and was angry with us for something they made wrong. They did apologize at the end but they are clearly in a hurry to show our way out. The other thing I would like them to do is to explain how to cook the meat on the stone, cause some meat such as fish could be a challenge. If you flip them to fast then it would scattered to pieces. The food was good and it's a nice new experience, since this is the first time I cooked my own meal on top of a stone but I'm not sure I'll visit them again anytime soon.

Ishiya Stone Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Monday-Thursday, Sunday: 12pm-3pm & 5.30pm-10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm-3pm & 5.30pm-12am

Ishiya Stone Grill
152 Little Bourke St,
Melbourne, VIC 3000


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