Look, I know my last post was about eating at a different place, but a girl’s gotta eat, right? Right. So that’s what I and a friend did last night.
Canada has these amazing all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants, where you pay $20-25 and then can order as much as anything as you want. Apparently, Melbourne hasn’t evolved that far yet, as such glory is not a common thing here. However, we managed to find one (though we had to reluctantly pay $42.00 each plus drinks . Totally worth it.)
Gaijin Melbourne is a sweet, atmospheric little place nestled on a fairly busy street in South Yarra, yet the amount of people there at the same time as us was quite small, which was nice. I wanted to take pictures of the place but they came out quite dark, and I wasn’t going to make the mistake my friend, Kayla, made and use my flash… awkward. (She’ll probably read this so I just want to make it clear just how much her presence embarrasses me… just kidding. Sort of.)
Here is a semi-decent (that might be pushing it) photo of Gaijin. I would have liked to take a photo of the other side of the room, where they have low tables and floor cushions instead of chairs, but there were people next to us and I wasn’t sure how they’d react if they thought a random, albeit charming, stranger was taking photos of them.
Obviously had to have a beer while we waited.
Feat. Kayla’s arm.
Our first order. Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? It took quite a long time for this to come out (approximately half an hour or so?) so at this point we were starving and ready to start chewing off our own limbs. Luckily, the sushi came in the nick of time.
Prawn tempura – battered prawn, tempura crunch, avocado, cucumber, topped with masago and teriyaki sauce.
Any sushi roll that has tempura crunch or avocado is a yes from me, and this one had both. I’m fairly sure this also had crab meat in it (that’s what I’m looking at, right?) even though it’s not listed in the description, and that’s another plus for me as well.
Spider Vs. Dragon – soft shell crab, tempura crunch, cream cheese, topped with seared unagi and teriyaki sauce.
Eel (unagi) is one of my favourite things to have in sushi, but sometimes if there’s a lot of it, it can get a little overbearing and I start thinking about what I’m eating and it can put me off. This roll had the perfect amount. Also, I’d never had it with cream cheese before and it was such a great combination. Even looking at this picture is making me hungry, so I’m going to quickly go make a coffee to curb my appetite until lunch. (Side note: coffee with coconut milk is amazing.)
… Aaand I’m back.
Spicy chicken – grilled chicken, avocado, cucumber, served with spicy mayo.
Generally, I don’t really like sushi that has anything other than seafood in it. This was a whole new experience for me – this was incredibly good, and I’m definitely going to order this next time I go.
Tasmanian – cream cheese, avocado and crab stick wrapped with salmon slices, rolled with sushi rice and nori then fried to perfection.
Feast your eyes on this. And then, get your ass down to Gaijin and feast on the actual thing. This sushi was the reason I wanted to come here in the first place, and it did not disappoint. I’m actually surprised I didn’t end up ordering more than one serving of this – it’s that good.
Melbournian – crab salad and cream cheese topped with fresh spicy salmon then torched and served with teriyaki sauce, masago and tempura crunch.
At this point, we were pretty much close to death by sushi, but we decided to get one more – I mean, we did pay close to $50 each. This probably would have been even more enjoyable if we weren’t forcing ourselves to eat it, but it was still great and a good choice to end our meal with. (Tempura crunch overload – amazing.)
If you’re a sushi fan, you absolutely need to try this place. No other place that I’ve been to compares (in Melbourne, at least.) Let me know if you’ve been here, and what you thought (and what you got! I need to try new ones for next time.)