Machi (Invited)

Monday, July 31, 2017 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Machi opened in August 2012 located besides Newmarket and Mr Wolf within St Kilda. The word Machi means community in Japan and it focus on serving modern Japanese restaurant using the best Australian local produce while transforming it to beautiful dishes with skilful Japanese techniques. The team behind Machi are very strong with experience across restaurants including Nobu, Mr Miyagi, Benihana in London and more.

The restaurant is humble, ordinary but classy either from the inside or outside. It has a calming ambience as well as romantic with the dim lighting. The open kitchen in the middle of the restaurant is bright and entertaining with the chef presenting their knife skills. Sadly, the restaurant only open at night but the preparations starts early. I would love for them to open on day time as well.

We started with Seafood Ceviche - assorted seafood, yuzu citrus sauce, rice cracker ($16). Beautifully presented, just like an art work. Classy, mesmerising and taste really good too. It's fresh, light and the yuzu citrus sauce blend with the sashimi really well. It certainly enhanced the flavour even more but the rice cracker was a bit soggy and oily.

Beef Tataki - seared eye thinly slice, pickled onion, ponzu dressing ($17). I was praying that I would get beef tataki and when it arrived on my table, I rejoice. Thinly slice meat with tender texture and tangy yuzu was simply just delicious. I could eat this dish by my self and order more.

Machi Tacos - salmon, tuna, prawn, beef, eel, tacos served with tamagoyaki ($42). This was the highlight of my meal. Another very well presented dish and packed full of flavour. The rice was simply cooked perfectly with fried nori as taco shell, just yum! The topping on each tacos was creamy, delicious and match really well with the shell but my favourite was the salmon and tuna.

Soft Shell Crab Tempura. My husband is a big fan of tempura, he always ordered it whenever we go to any Japanese restaurant so he is kind of an expert on tempura. The soft shell crab was so crunchy but remain juicy inside with super rich and creamy sauce. He ate three of them and left me one to try so yes he likes it.

Then we move on to main meal; Grilled Mushroom & Eggplant - assorted mushroom, eggplant grilled with miso soy sauce ($22) and BBQ Wagyu Beef - grilled wagyu beef, seasonal vegetables ($36). Deliciously cooked and seasoned sweet mushroom and eggplant, love the miso sauce but sadly I do not like the sauce on the BBQ Beef. It reminded me of Chinese cuisine rather than Japanese and I would like the meat to be a lil bit more tender.

Machi Sweet - chocolate spring rolls, black sesame pudding, green tea tiramisu, yuzu cheesecake, sponge cake, black sesame ice cream, raspberry sorbet ($35). My second highlight of the night. We thought we are going to be too full to finish all this but boy, we did finish it. Every element on the plate just worked nicely with each other. I would order this again. Creamy tiramisu, strong black sesame pudding, light yuzu cheesecake and bitter matcha sponge cake with sour raspberry sorbet. Seriously, what's not to like?

I went home with a really really happy heart and stomach. Arrived at home, I told my mom about my experience and even the next day I'm still raving about the sushi taco. I strongly suggest her and my brother to try it as soon as possible and bring me with them, cause I want more.

Machi Restaurant & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
+6139534 5000
14 Inkerman St
St Kilda VIC 3182
Mon: Closed
Tues-Thurs & Sun: 5pm-10pm
Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm