Tetsujin - Salmon nigiri

Tetsuijin is a new Japanese restaurant opening in the Emporium and they have lots to be excited about. We’re talking a sushi train, robata BBQ grill and ultimately some brilliant Japanese food.

Tetsujin - Venue

Tetsujin – Venue

For the launch this space was transformed into a dance floor but will obviously be filled with tables and chairs when it opens tomorrow.

Tetsujin - So cute

Tetsujin – So cute

We were greeted with these girls. So cute.

Tetsujin - Sushi train

This was the sushi train area.

Tetsujin - Beverages

Tetsujin – Beverages

The restaurant is fully licensed so you can enjoy alcoholic beverages with your meal if you so choose. Tetsujin - Oysters

Oysters were in abundance. They were tasty with a tomato oyster gel and fresh spring onions on top.

Tetsujin - Veg sticks and dip

They had some crunchy vegetables with dip for starters.

Tetsujin - Sushi

Tetsujin – Sushi

They had a range of sushi that was cleverly put together with salmon both rolled inside and placed on top. These ones were pretty with edible flowers. Tetsujin - Potato croquettes

They had potato croquettes on pops so they were easy to eat. Some of them had a creamy mayo sauce and some had a soy dressing.

Tetsujin - Salmon and tuna nigiri

Tetsujin – Salmon and tuna nigiri

Salmon and Tuna nigiri with a glass of wine. Perfect!

Tetsujin - Seaweed inari The seaweed inari was nice. They were thin tofu pouches filled with seaweed.

Tetsujin - Crab claws

Tetsujin – Crab claws

I liked the fried crab claws, they were filled with shredded crab meat and were battered in crispy panko crumbs. They were sitting in a tomato based sauce with pesto on top.
Tetsujin - Meat ready for the grill

They had little pork buns which I didn’t get my hands on but the meats were on display, which they would cook on the robata (Jap charcoal) BBQ grill.

Tetsujin - Salmon

Tetsujin – Salmon

This salmon starter was yum. Two mini salmon sushi and a salmon nigiri.

Tetsujin - Octopus balls

Tetsujin – Octopus balls

The octopus balls had chunks of octopus inside and were fried in a tempura batter.

Tetsujin - Tomato, basil and bocconcini skewers

Tetsujin – Tomato, basil and bocconcini skewers

These skewers were tasty, they were sweet cherry tomatoes, mini balls of bocconcini dressed with a basil sauce. Yum!

Tetsujin - Fried bites filled w glass noodles

Tetsujin – Fried bites filled w glass noodles

These little delights were deep-fried and were filled with mushrooms and glass noodles.

Tetsujin - Fried potato patties w spicy sauce

Tetsujin – Fried potato patties w spicy sauce

These vegetarian patties were filled with potato and had a spicy sauce drizzled on top.

Tetsujin - Lots o sushi

Tetsujin – Lots o sushi

You can understand why this assorted plate of sushi was eaten in a matter of seconds. It came out, I took one photo and then they were gone. There was a variety of different sushi served on the night. All delish.

Tetsujin - Yo Mafia!

Tetsujin – Yo Mafia!

At the launch they had Japanese wallpaper and Yo Mafia playing beats all night. Tasty food and lots of dancing.

Tetsujin opens tomorrow on the 4th floor of the emporium next to Din Tai Fung or you can enter via a lift on Caledonian lane. Be sure to check it out. Kanpai!

I heart Tetsujin!

Olives x

Address: Shop M0004, Emporium Melbourne, 295 Lonsdale Street, VIC
(Entrance via Little Bourke Street & Caledonian Lane)
Website: http://tetsujin.com.au/
Phone: 03 9663 9993
Trading Hours: Sun-Thu: 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat:11am-12am (sushi train closes at 9.30pm everyday)

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Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to Tetsujin.

Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi - Street view

Mr. Miyagi – Street view

Mr. Miyagi is a Japanese restaurant on Chapel street that embraces traditional Japanese flavours in a modern and unique way. Some of their unusual dishes include the nori taco, tuna tataki pizza and ramen gnocchi. The food is amazing and they have some interesting cocktails and a variety of Japanese beverages available too.

Mr. Miyagi - Venue

Mr. Miyagi – Venue

It has a great vibe about it, super stylish and classy with lots of character.

Mr. Miyagi - On the wall

Mr. Miyagi – Neon light

They have a list of items on sticks, which you can order by the piece. I like when you can order onesies because then you can try one of each or order exactly as many as you want.

Mr. Miyagi - Prawn dawg

Mr. Miyagi – Prawn dawg

We ordered a prawn dawg and as I ate it I immediately wanted another one. It had a juicy prawn mixture, coated in crunchy Orion (Japanese beer) batter on a popsicle stick (easy to eat). It was topped with a spicy jalapeno mayonnaise and sprinkled with furikake. It was awesome. Absolutely delicious! Who needs a corn dog when you can have a prawn dawg.

Mr. Miyagi - Yakitori chicken skewer w spring onion

Mr. Miyagi – Yakitori chicken skewer w spring onion

We had the chicken skewers, which were tasty. It had a sticky yakitori glaze with spring onions.

Mr. Miyagi - Grilled chicken thigh

Mr. Miyagi – Grilled chicken thigh

The grilled chicken thigh was cute. It was little and moist and had crispy skin.

Mr. Miyagi - Black pig gyoza

Mr. Miyagi – Black pig gyoza

The black pig gyoza’s were amazing. The skin of the dumplings were thin and soft and crispy pan-fried on the outside. And the filling was sensational. Pork, soy, chilli, ginger, full of flavour and served with a sesame dipping sauce. Loved them.

Mr. Miyagi - Nori taco

Mr. Miyagi – Nori taco

I love the nori taco, it’s such a great idea. The lightly battered deep-fried nori acts as the perfect taco. It’s flexible and holds its shape when you bite it (like it doesn’t crack and fall apart). It’s filled with sushi rice, grilled salmon belly (soft and flaking apart), spicy napa cabbage, Japanese mayo and chilli oil. So clever I was impressed. They had these nori tacos at the night noodle market last year, which is where i first tried it. Delish!

Mr. Miyagi - Miyagi fried chicken w kewpie mayo

Mr. Miyagi – Miyagi fried chicken w kewpie mayo

The all popular Miyagi fried chicken (MFC) is delicious. Miyagi’s secret spices make this chicken finger lickin’ good. It’s served with kewpie mayo and the delicious deep-fried goodness makes it crunchy on the outside and juicy in the middle.

Mr. Miyagi - Tuna tataki pizza

Mr. Miyagi – Tuna tataki pizza

The tuna tataki pizza was fresh and had really clean flavours. The base was spiced flat bread, which was thin and crispy and covered with a citrusy yuzu caesar cream. The toppings were sliced thinly and placed on top. Rare seared tuna, heirloom tomatoes and shaved jalepenos. It had nice textures and fresh flavours.

Mr. Miyagi - Pumpkin toast

Mr. Miyagi – Pumpkin toast

The pumpkin toast was soft and cake-like. There were thick shards of honeycomb, white chocolate and pumpkin ganache, a sweet and spiced pumpkin ice-cream which had a lovely flavour and a fresh yoghurt sorbet, which was light and fresh and helped cut through the sweet elements.

Mr. Miyagi - Donuts w apple cinnamon jam

Mr. Miyagi – Donuts w apple cinnamon jam

For dessert we tried the doughnut balls w classic apple cinnamon jam. Yum! The doughnuts were crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. And that apple cinnamon jam was scrumptious. You can opt for hot chocolate sauce if you prefer. It also comes with two ice-creams, pistachio and gingerbread. They were nice and creamy and the ginger flavour in the gingerbread ice-cream was quite strong which was great.

Mr. Miyagi is a great place to catch up with friends for dinner and drinks. It’s got a classy but relaxed atmosphere and the staff are nice and friendly. The food is innovative and leaves you inspired.

I heart Mr. Miyagi!

Olives x

Mr. Miyagi
Address: 99 Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181
Facebook: http://www.mrmiyagi.com.au/
Phone: 03 9529 5999
Trading Hours: Tue-Sun: 5.30pm-11pm (dinner only)

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Shizuku - Street view.

Shizuku – Street view.

We had heard the legend of the ramen burger, the tale of a burger with no bun. According to the story, the bun is replaced with golden patties made entirely out of egg noodles. We had seen and eaten them only in our imaginations and we knew in our heart it was our duty, nay, our destiny, to try these ramen burgers for ourselves. Plus it was dinner time so this all worked out swimmingly.

Shizuku - Ramen burger w miso soup.

Shizuku – Ramen burger w miso soup.

The first ramen burger in Melbourne was created at Shizuku, so that’s where we went. There were two options. Both of which are served with a bowl of miso soup (an especially delicious miso btw). I ordered the candied pork belly with plum and prune sauce and kewpie mayo which was amazing.

Shizuku - Ramen burger w candied pork belly.

Shizuku – Ramen burger w candied pork belly.

My brother ordered the veg option, the miso-glazed eggplant with sweet miso jam. Both were yum. The ramen is packed tight to form the patty so you loose the bounciness of the noodle. I imagined the outer part of the ramen patty to be crispier and softer towards the center but the whole patty was the same soft texture throughout. It was still really yummy though and its fun to eat a bowl of noodles in a hand held motion.

Shizuku - Ramen burger w miso glazed eggplant.

Shizuku – Ramen burger w miso glazed eggplant.

We tried the chargrilled rolled pork belly which was absolutely delicious. It looked amazing and tasted even better. The thin slices of pork and julienned cucumber made the dish delicate. It was topped with cha shu sauce (sort of like Chinese char siu) which made the dish stand out with the simple and stunning flavours.

Shizuku - Chargrilled rolled pork belly.

Shizuku – Chargrilled rolled pork belly w cha shu.

The Hiroshima crumbed oysters were also delicious. Piping hot oysters, crumbed with panko, deep-fried then placed back in their individual shells, oh so cute. They sat beside a fresh salad with kewpie mayo and a dark sweet sauce (I think it was oyster sauce –which would seem fitting). Or it could be the same sauce as in the ramen burger, the plum and prune. Either way, the point i’m making is the sauce was yummy.

Shizuku - Hiroshima crumbed oysters.

Shizuku – Hiroshima crumbed oysters.

The wasabi prawns were incredible. So delicious! We got the wasabi mayo on the side because my mum feared that it would be too hot but it wasn’t. It was just right. The prawns were cooked perfectly, the tempura batter was light and fluffy, and the wasabi-mayo ratio was perfection. I loved these so much.

Shizuku - Wasabi prawns.

Shizuku – Wasabi prawns.

To finish our meal we had the green tea ice cream with a Japanese black sugar fusion melt (which tasted like molasses), dusted with soy bean powder. It tasted just like green tea. The black sugar melt was a little bitter but it was a refreshing finish to our meal.

Shizuku - Green tea ice-cream.

Shizuku – Green tea ice-cream.

They had heaps of really interesting and imaginative dishes on the menu but we couldn’t order everything and we had already eaten to our stomachs capacity. I definitely want to go back. They had these cheesy nori snacks on the menu which was tasty cheese wrapped in seaweed, deep fried and sprinkled w seven-spice chilli. Sounds interesting huh. They also have caramalised lotus salad, karaage popcorn chicken with secret batter and a range of gyozas yum!

Shizuku - Decor.

Shizuku – Decor – Pretty lights that look like beautiful flowers.

The décor was simple and stylish. The lights looked like lots of cables emerging from the ceiling with these crafty designer lights hanging from the cables. They looked like beautiful flowers.

I heart Shizuku!

Olives x

Address: 309 Victoria Street, Abbotsford
Website: http://shizuku.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shizukujapanese
Phone: 03 9995 8180
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun: 11.30am-2.30pm (Lunch), 5.30pm-til late (Dinner)

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