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Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

Shall we do this? Maybe the 28th?

Jan 21, 2015
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Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

Anything except the 22nd.

Jan 05, 2015
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Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

I'm back from Japan. Let's do this.

Jan 05, 2015
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Must do foodie stuff in Tokyo?

Just on Ryugin...

I was there last week and was very disappointed and have ended up feeling very perplexed by the meal. The dishes were very refined and elegant, but that was about it. Desserts were perhaps the laziest I have seen at a restaurant at this level; one was the Roppongi Pudding which can be mass produced, the other was titled "Special Strawberry Sweet" which ended up being bits of strawberry and some sauce in between two slices of mochi?! Service was good and I enjoyed the wine/sake tasting. However, in comparison to the other two Michelin meals I ate this trip (MOTOi and Gion Nanba in Kyoto) I'd give it a miss, especially given the price.

Jan 05, 2015
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Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

Great idea.

Dec 23, 2014
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Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

It's great to see someone serving Anago. It's beginning to sound like proper edo-mae sushi.

I'll definitely hit it up when I'm back from Japan.

KZM

Dec 22, 2014
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beer, beer, beer, we love beer (Melbourne)

Two Row on Smith Street is s great spot too.

Dec 20, 2014
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Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

Nope haven't heard about it. I'm off to Japan on xmas eve so won't get there either ;)

Dec 17, 2014
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Fat Duck Australia ballot scammed

It's not unsurprising. The follow up article suggests that the same group will target weekends, Valentine's and mothers' day at Attica and Vue de Monde.

Heston's brand is heading the same way as Jamie and Gordon.

It's turned into a real debacle. I'm spending my money at Ryugin when I go to Tokyo, instead.

Nov 18, 2014
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Sushi during New Years period

That's what I thought. I just wanted some miracle solution :)

Oct 31, 2014
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Sushi during New Years period

Hi all,

From my research it seems like a lot of sushi-yas in Tokyo are closed during the New Year period (this makes sense given Tsukiji is closed).

Are there any of a good standard that are open during this time?

Cheers,
KZM

Oct 31, 2014
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"World-class" sushi in Sydney?

Phil, I know I'm down on it, but I've just never seen or tasted quality sushi here.

Blow torch? Cheese gyoza? Might be tasty but that's not world class sushi.

Regardless of the size of the Japanese community in Australia, the quality and breadth of the fish just isn't here to support good sushi - for example, no aji or anago (two important toppings). Sushi in Australia generally means salmon, kingfish, snapper, tuna, scallop, cooked prawn. If you're lucky you might get something interesting like flounder or dory.

We haven't even gotten into the quality of the preparation of the rice.

If someone can get a good operation happening here I'm all for it!

Oct 26, 2014
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"World-class" sushi in Sydney?

Japanese food is pretty disappointing here. I think there would be a great market for Tonkatsu or Yakitori... but for some reason it seems to take a brave proprietor to have a limited menu.

You know what! Actually (this just came to me) Tempura Hajime in Melbourne. Very, very Japanese... and well executed tempura. Not world class, but solid.

Oct 24, 2014
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"World-class" sushi in Sydney?

Fly 10 hours north and you'll have good sushi. I had a chat to Kanesaka when I was in Tokyo he said the problem with australian sushi starts with the handling and treatment of the fish by the fish mongers.

Oct 22, 2014
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"World-class" sushi in Sydney?

Yeah, nah....

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

The best QV spots don't open until about 8 in my experience. If doing the GOR is a must do for you, then I'd look into the group thing as you won't be wiped out for your food that evening.

If you are doing cumulus up then I wouldn't do Cutler. I think cutler is massively over-rated anyway. Town Mouse or St Crispin should be your selection on that night.

Oct 09, 2014
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Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

For The Great Ocean Road are you driving yourselves? It's quite a journey. If you are out that way you should do Brae for dinner or lunch.

Haighs you can do a 5 minute visit too. The sorrel granita at cumulus up is a much better dessert idea.

Black Pearl, while it is my local and I love it - you can probably skip. The cocktails have gone downhill since many of their long standing bartenders have left. I'd throw in EDV instead.

8pm arrival on a Wednesday you won't make a 9pm sitting or it will be touch and go. I'd go to Chin Chin or Cumulus Up.

Oct 08, 2014
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Melbourne breakfast

Stagger Lee In Fitzroy for the bacon sandwich and 20&6 in North Melbs (why auction rooms gets all the kudos in nth Melba is beyond me) for just about the whole menu.

KZM

Oct 05, 2014
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Adelaide

Oh oh.. No Hentley Farm? Great location and food in the Barossa.

Sep 22, 2014
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What's with all the lining up for hours for miserable, crappy food?

In Australia they're lining up for $26(!!!!) bowls of ramen.

Sep 22, 2014
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Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

You should be hitting up 20&6 in North Melbourne and Staggerlee in Fitzroy. My picks for the best breakfasts in Melbourne AND excellent coffee.

Sep 01, 2014
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Melbourne Good Food Guide hats for the year

There seems no consistency to how things are scored. For me MoVida is the most over-rated restaurant in Melbourne but it's a crime to say anything against Frank's operation. Moon Under Water is several steps above Maha yet both have 1 Hat. Matteo's and Cutler are good but I don't think they are that step above most in the 1 Hat.

I just find it all quite vexing!

Congrats to Brae though. Well deserved. Have you been yet Mr G?

Aug 30, 2014
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Melbourne Good Food Guide hats for the year

No Brooks though? I'm really surprised. A much better restaurant than many.

Aug 25, 2014
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Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

It's not insulting at all... I think you are on the money. It starts with the quality of the product. All the chefs I have spoken to in Japan who have visited Australia lament our fish handling and storage. 1* Kanesaka-san who opened up a branch in Singapore was horrified by what he saw at Sydney fish markets - that said (like many Japanese chefs) love the fishing here.

Jul 02, 2014
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Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

Being a regular traveller to Japan, except for Tempura Hajime, I am always disappointed by the quality and price of Japanese food in Melbourne. IzakayaDen is fun but extremely pricy for the same food in Tokyo.
Don't even get me started on sushi in Melbourne.

Really glad you enjoyed Brae and I'm disappointed to hear about your experience at VdM - I've always had great meals there. Maybe Bennett has been damaged by his constant expansion.

Jul 02, 2014
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Melbourne - 7 Days

Yeah I did like it. They had only been open a week and the floor staff needed a little work but I really enjoyed the food.

Been to Pope Joan for dinner when it was the Bishop of Osteia. I'm not sure I'd bother too much if you miss it.

Sorry that's not so helpful is it?!?

I think Nieuw is one of the better new restaurants in Melbourne.

Mar 26, 2014
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Melbourne - 7 Days

I've only dined at Nieuw once and didn't really feel it was "American". It definitely references a few American classics but it's a modern smart restaurant/bar. Have you had a look at the menu?

Mar 26, 2014
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Brae [Victoria]

Brae is great. It meets all the hype. My view for tourists is forget cutler and vue and spend that money on car hire and bed and breakfast in Birregurra.

The cooking is spot on. From the burnt pretzel with pork to the apple and parsnip dessert, everything is plated and cooked perfectly. Highlights for me included wagyu with shiitake, pickled samphire and salted radish, lobster with carrots and sea butter, and the apple and parsnip was an elegant, fun and gentle finisher. There were surprises but no trickery.

The staff are knowledgable, accommodating and fun. You can see them enjoying the work, food and environment. The staff were able to give you the finer details of the dishes from ingredients to techniques.

My wine pairing was fun and unusual. A mixture of locals and old world.

Melbourne locals should make the drive. Visitors should do what they can to get there.

My favourite meal in Australia.

Mar 15, 2014
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Melbourne - 7 Days

While not so new I had a great meal at Hell of the North in Fitzroy. Good French cooking, nice environment and smart staff. Won't break the bank either.

Huxtaburger is massively over-rated.

Mar 15, 2014
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Tokyo Sushi Recommendations for a Family?

I haven't been there but I read this review of Iroha sushi in nakameguro.

http://tokyofamilyguy.blogspot.com.au...

Mar 11, 2014
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