I first came across this little place in the Northern burbs a few years ago, and after getting over my initial shock, it’s been a solid go-to for Japanese food cravings ever since.
Shock because Greensborough is part of the most Caucasian area in Melbourne. There’s not a heap of multi-culturalism in those suburbs, especially compared to some others close by, so it’s the last place I expected to come across amazing Japanese food. But this place give you real, honest, authentic Japanese food, at very reasonable prices, in a restaurant that has one of those rare, one-big-happy-family atmospheres.
I’ll be honest here, sometimes the service isn’t amazing. I’m not sure if that’s because of how crazy busy it can get, or the occasional language barrier (the staff mostly speak English as a second language), but the food is absolutely good enough to excuse it.
We made the trip there with the family for Mother’s Day last week, and between the eight of us, ordered an absolute truckload of food. We started with two giant sushi boats to share ($36.50 each), and this is some seriously fresh and delicious sushi. Highly recommend.
Then, it got chaotic – main dish after main dish started to bombard the table and there were forks and spoons flying absolutely everywhere. I got in quick to photograph the dishes that husband and I ordered.
The first was the Yakisoba noodles with beef and vegetables ($11.50). It’s a perfect dish that’s filling without being heavy or sickening, simple but delicious flavour in the sauce, and the beef was tender and tasty. It’s also a great share dish if you’re like us and enjoy trying a few different things.
The other dish we shared was my personal favourite from Shiki – the Oyakodon ($9.50). It’s basically a bowl of rice topped with chicken cooked with egg, onion and sukiyaki sauce. I can’t even tell you how tender and juicy the chicken is, it’s seriously incredible. Chicken, onion and egg sounds like a ridiculous combination – I thought the same the first time a friend recommended it a few years ago, but trust me, it’s like the most delicious little bowl of Asian comfort food, and the one dish I look forward to ordering over and over again!
This isn’t a fancy restaurant. It’s not high dining. It’s probably not the absolute best Japanese food you’ll get in Melbourne. But it’s certainly the best I’ve had out in the Northern suburbs, it’s very well priced, very authentic, and regardless of whether you’re visiting for the first time or the twentieth, it always feels like home.