Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My Birthday dinner at Shoya

25 Market Lane, 
Melbourne. Vic. 3000

We had a lovely dinner at one of S's Japanese restaurant in Melbourne.  It was a quiet but lovely meal, with just S, myself and his parents...  Funny thing is, I was so focused on taking pictures and eating, I totally forgot to take any pictures of the people eating the food.

We have frequent this place numerous times.  Lovely atmosphere, but in all honesty, the service is not that great.  They forgot my birthday cake, and the complimentary plum wine dulls the pain.. =)  They are quite accommodating as well, as if you can't eat something in the menu, they are happy to substitute with something else

We ordered the Festive Degustation Course, which is $100 per person.  Typically, like with all the degustation meals I tend to take, I start worrying at the start of the meal that I'll be going home hungry, as the courses are really tiny.  But trust me, by the end of it, I was so full, I had to undo my pants *blush*

Unagi Canape - Grilled miso marinated Eel canape topped with Crab meat salad, Salmon Caviar & truffle.  I love the flavour.  You pop the whole piece into your mouth and slowly discover the taste of the eel, crab, caviar & truffle combined together, slowly melting in your mouth.  It's so good!
Golden Perch - Lightly grilled miso flavoured Perch topped with tomato mousse, foie gras and semi dried Mullet Roe.  
Assortment of fresh Sashimi - There's tuna, salmon and a couple of other white fish with a scallop.  All so fresh and presented in an ice globe.  They either serve it with fresh wasabi (where they scrape the root in front of you and serve onto your plate) or tubed wasabi.  The fresh wasabi taste different to the tubed - fresher and less hotter.. and a light-ish green colour
Beef Spinach Roll - Stewed Ox Tongue wrapped with spinach souffle served with Lemon, Basil yogurt and soy beef jus..  Another delectable morsel which you just pop into your mouth and slowly chew so you can savour the flavour...  Although this is not one of my favourite (I find the texture a bit funny on my tongue..), it's still quite tasty

S's dad had to forego the beef and had this instead.  I think it's some sort of quail egg tempura, served with a squeeze of lemon
Crab Tempura - Whole 'Taraba' crab leg deep fried in tempura style with green tea salt.
You eat it by using your paper napkin (as it's hot!).  I love how fresh and meaty the meat is.  The front end is shell free, so, you just bite into it.. The crunch of the tempura and the soft sweet meat of the crab is definitely heavenly..  The tricky part is trying to get to the rest of the meat, as the bottom half is still covered with shell.  It can be quite a messy treat!
Fish Steak - Tuna fillet wrapped with nori seaweed, pan seared with orange and sake caramalized sauce.  Again, put the whole fillet into your mouth.. Don't forget to eat it with the tiny endamame bean scattered around the plate
Just like that.. Gobble Gobble!
Last but not least - Wagyu Beef Steak - Wagyu eye fillet dressed with Black truffle, enoki, shiitake miso sauce.  This is so rich and quite a big serving compared to the other courses..  I was sooo stuffed after this!
S's dad had this instead.  Not sure what it is, I think it has crab in it... 
Let's not forget the fried rice and miso soup that came at the end of the meal... 
and of course the dessert....  The left is some green tea mochi (which is my favourite) and the right is some light sponge cake...
We came back here and had the same degustation meal 2 weeks later!  Yep!  We couldn't get enough! hehe..  I'm getting hungry just looking at these photos...  Time for morning tea I think!

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