Okami Wantirna

My siblings and I are quite fond of Japanese food, and so when we heard there was a local All You Can Eat Japanese restaurant, we decided to give it a go. What a mistake this was.

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First impressions are important, so it was quite disappointing for us to be led to a table with a only 2 adult chairs and a baby high chair. To clarify, I booked for three people, never once mentioning the word ‘child’ or ‘baby’, so I was quite confused when us 3 adults were led to this table. Did they automatically assume 3 people equaled a couple with a baby? I’m not too sure. Either way, being brought to a table with incorrect seating, and then having to consequently wait an additional 5-10 minutes for them to carry a chair from downstairs (I’m not too sure why they didn’t just grab a chair from one of the spare tables upstairs?) left a bad, first impression.

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The ‘All You Can Eat’ menu was quite limited in choices, and for some odd reason, was in incredibly bad shape.

After waiting for a couple minutes longer than we would’ve liked, we finally got to order.
Absurdly, for reasons unknown to myself or my siblings, the waitress had the audacity to question us with, “TWO PLATES? IT FEEDS SIX” when we decided to order two plates of the Sushi & Sashimi Platter. Although we initially felt worried that maybe two plates was too much as the photo on the menu did look like a lot of food, we stuck with our decision to have two plates, as well as couple other dishes. However, despite this, we found it incredibly rude to have a waitress question you with such an incredulous tone, especially at an All You Can Eat restaurant.

After about 15 minutes, we received our first dishes…
two plates of Beef Capraccio and one plate of Prawn Gyoza.

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Although the Beef Cappracio was nice, they drowned it in a bit too much ponzu sauce, making it less delicious than others I have tried.

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The Prawn Gyoza tasted very similar to the frozen ones I’ve bought at the shops, and my siblings also commented that it tasted as if it had been microwaved.

The worst part of the rest of the night was the w a i t i n g game. Although we saw dishes after dishes of food coming out, the waiters always seemed to walk right past us and to other tables. After another 15 minutes (now total of 30 minutes that we’ve been waiting!), we were getting quite hungry when our plate of takoyaki and seaweed salad showed up!

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May I say, this was the most pathetic looking takoyaki I had ever seen, with it’s lack of mayonnaise and stingy amount of bonito flakes on top?! However, despite its look, the takoyaki tasted quite good (or maybe we were just hungry from all that waiting?), and we decided to order another plate. The seaweed salad was fine, nothing different than what you would get at Sushi Sushi.

While we waited, we noticed that the wait staff seemed incredibly disorganised. To paint a clear picture, we were seated near the kitchen / staircase, where all food are served from, yet somehow, the wait staff would breeze past us to the back of the restaurant with plates of food, only for them to come back to our table with one or two dishes. Watching this happen continuously really made us wonder whether the wait staff even knew the table numbers and the orders that were meant for each? This became particularly annoying when we concluded that many of the dishes we had ordered had gone to other tables instead, which would explain our long wait times whilst other tables seemed to continuously have food arriving.

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Anyway, another 10 minutes passed (40 minutes in total since our first order), and our Seafood Tempura finally shows up …cold. How disappointing. The Chicken Kaarage follows shortly, after taking a nice trip around the restaurant only to come back to our table.

And just as we were about to ask WHERE our Sushi & Sashimi Platter was, ONE PLATE decided to show up!

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I’m not too sure how this was meant to feed SIX PEOPLE, but we promptly order two more plates, fearing that it would take ANOTHER 40 minutes to arrive. Note that we originally ordered two, but only one showed up. My brother did overhear a table nearby declaring they didn’t order a plate of sushi & sashimi when the waiter went to deliver it to them, so it is very likely that it was meant for us :/

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We received our plate of Vegetable Harumaki two minutes later, and it was definitely nothing to rave about.

At this point, I noticed that many other tables were receiving their ice cream orders, so again in fear of their long wait times, we decided to order our ice creams too. It was odd, yet I guess not so surprising at such an establishment, that they limited the black sesame and green tea ice cream to one scoop per person. Definitely not All You Can Eat, hey? So after successfully waving down a wait staff, we prompt ordered 3 green tea, 2 black sesame and 2 vanilla scoops. I am unsure why but the wait staff seemed quite confused and shocked that we were able to eat more than 1 scoop per person!

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And then FINALLY, after 45 minutes of waiting, we receive our Agedashi Tofu! At least it was hot…

15 minutes after this at 9:00pm, we received our lot of ice cream scoops, all in one rounds thankfully!

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And then 10 minutes later, we finally received our final two (or not final, because that original one still never made it to us) plates of Sushi & Sashimi! It was quite odd to have sushi and sashimi post-ice cream..

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To end the night, we went downstairs to pay, only to have to wait awkwardly while some staff, who I assume didn’t know how to use the register, avoided our looks for assistance uncomfortably. During this time, another group from upstairs seemingly took advantage of this situation, as they waltzed straight out of the restaurant without paying.

Overall, we had a pretty awful experience at Okami and we vow never to return. At $29.90 per person, the prices are reasonable, but with the quality of service and food, it really begs the question on whether it was really worth saving a couple of bucks to have a cheap ‘All You Can Eat’. The obvious answer is No.

We rate Okami Wantirna a 1/10.

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Mouriya Kobe Beef Dining

Hello true believers, Ash here to faceroll my keyboard until a blog post coalesces

One meal we had in Japan deserves special attention, more so than the rest. The place in question is called Mouriya, and being situated in the heart of Kobe, it was only fitting that they specialised in Kobe beef. Having already dabbled in the stuff in a couple other places and being aware that it is beyond scarce outside of the Nihons, we (mainly me) wanted to experience the absolute best of this delicacy, and in light of it being our last supper in Japan, we decided to go fancy.

神戸牛フィレステーキコース (Kobe Beef Fillet Steak Course)

Mouriya opened up their first location in 1885, and their longstanding success serves as a testament to the fact that are one of the most famous and well-regarded Kobe Beef restaurants.

  Other than the striking stained glass windows, another pleasant facet at the outset was the personal table service we got from the chef.  When choosing drinks he cheerily informed us that due to ongoing Whisky Festival celebrations, all their scotches were discounted and seeing as how we were already spending a pretty penny, decided to hit up the fancy stuff: Macallan.

前菜(Hors d’oeuvre): duck liver pate

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サラダ (Salad): Roast Kobe Beef Salad

スープ (Soup): French onion soup

 It soon became apparent that the cuisine was largely French-inspired,  and prepared with top Japanese produce. For hors d’oeuvre, we had some tantalising duck liver pate. Following that, we had some tasty roast Kobe beef salad and French onion soup, using what we were informed are the best Japanese sweet onions – which may sound a bit like hyperbole, but I can say it was some damn good soup.

フィレステーキ: Ashley: 150g of A5 Kobe Beef Filet Tenderloin Steak | Melody: 80g of A5 Kobe Beef  Filet Tenderloin Steak

Finally, ladies & gentleman, what you’ve all been waiting for, the main course: Kobe Beef Filet Tenderloin cooked medium-rare on sizzling hot plates. Other than it’s succulence and being super delicious, the fact that it’s A5 tenderloin says it all: SO GOOOOD.

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 I cannot praise this place enough. Seriously, the food and not to mention the service was some of the best I’ve ever had – if you plan to take a trip to the land of the rising sun soon and have even a passing interest in beef, make sure to pen Mouriya into your itinerary. While it may break the bank, you won’t regret your newly broken bank one bit.

Me and Mr Kobe Beef Grill Man

 Mouriya Kobe Beef Dining
http://www.mouriya.co.jp
Kakuten Bldg. 2F, 1-9-10 Kita Nagasa Dohri,
Chuo-ku Kobe-shi, 650-0012

Tokyo Kitchen Sakae, Brighton

Japanese food is definitely one of my favourite cuisines.
Sadly, there  aren’t that many great Japanese restaurants near me. So you can imagine my joy when Ashley told me of this wonderful Japanese restaurant right near his work place in Brighton!

Funnily enough, we decided to visit on a day where I wanted to “save money”, but of course… we couldn’t resist their sashimi platter, nor some sake to accompany it! But hey, I do not regret my decision ♥

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Takoyaki ($8.90)

I don’t think Ash and I ever go to a Japanese restaurant and not get takoyaki!
If you’re not familiar with Japanese cuisine, “ocotopus balls”might freak you out but I assure you they are absolutely delicious and a must have! *salivates

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Sushi & Sashimi Platter for One ($22.90): 2 pc tempura tuna roll, 3 pc nigiri, 1 pc tamagoyaki & 9 pc assorted sashimi

Honestly, I didn’t become a fan of sashimi until I went to Japan! I blame that on the bad ones I must’ve tried here prior the delicious ones I got to eat in Japan mmm

Anyway, this sashimi platter was the bombbbbb. It had two pieces of maguro (tuna), as well as a maguro nigiri which is, hands down, my favourite kind of sashimi out there! It also came with tempura tuna rolls which I’ve never come across before, and unsurprisingly, they were also super delicious. Everything on this platter was great and I totally regretted not getting the Platter for Two, considering Ash got to try a piece of everything!

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Premium BBQ Wagyu ($29.80) – BBQ full blood & marbling 9+ wagyu, served with spicy teriyaki vegetables

 This was some pretty delicious wagyu that came with a side dish of black rice.
I didn’t eat much of  this so I can’t really comment, but I do think its definitely a dish to try!

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Green tea ice cream ($? not on menu)

There wasn’t actually any dessert on the menu but I really wanted some (as you do)!
Luckily, when we asked, they had some ice cream (red bean, black sesame and green tea) that we could order. It was a delicious way to end an awesome dinner!

I hear they also have some  smashin’ bentos during the day, so I’m pretty excited to visit Brighton some time in the nearby future to try some of them mmm ♥

Tokyo Kitchen Sakae 
66 Church St, Brighton VIC 3186