Saturday, August 7, 2010

Meshiya @ QV Melbourne

Back in April, i held a contest on Lots of Cravings, a guess the dish contest. Read here, if you want to jog the memory. It was an incredible meal that night at Ishin and we wanted to spread the love and i decided to buy whoever who had guessed that the dish; lunch at Ishin.

Well, lo and behold, i had a reader all the way from Melbourne who guessed it correct! Please present Sue Anne!

Although my initial budget for the lunch was RM20-25 per pax since that was the prices of the set lunch menu, i didn't get the opportunity to meet her until I moved to Melbourne. So i decided i must do what i had intended to do and honour my promise and she made an excellent suggestion to visit this humble restaurant called Meshiya that sits cozily on one of the exits of QV Melbourne.

A common sight in most restaurants in the Melbourne city is the cramp seats you get, simply because there are all really small and i suppose rent is really expensive.

Prices in Melbourne are generally more than where i used to study; Adelaide. If you want authentic Japanese food with a slight tweak to suit western tastebuds, i learnt you got to pay a slight premium. Want the really cheap japanese? You will get a bastardized version that have been made by the huge population of Chinese staying here. So where was i? 

She finished her curry katsudon pretty quick so it must have been pretty good. I think the plate was AUD13-14.

Since i was going to be only eating my rice for lunch, i went straight to the Chef Bento set and man it was a huge portion for AUD 18.80. You have perfectly fried tempura, decent quality sashimi, chicken yakitori and what seems to be like a teriyaki beef. Comes with chawanmushi and miso soup. Probably my most luxurious meal so far in Melbourne.
The flavours were good, comparative to what you will get in slightly upmarket japanese restaurants back home, prices are also reflective of that. Dollar for dollar wise, where would you be able to get a bento set in Malaysia for RM18.80?

Address and contact details:

200 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, 3000

Tel:              (03) 9654 6242      

Verdict: Well i haven't had enough food here yet to give you a proper rating but if this was in Malaysia, this would be bordering between 3.5 and 4 stars. Dash in for a quick bento set to fill up your stomach so you got plenty to burn during the cold winter now. 

Meshiya on Urbanspoon


Michelle Chin said...

You must try Kenzan!

eiling lim said...

now all these places you blogged about can only see, no eat for me!!!

Sean said...

even after converting it to ringgit, it's not terribly extravagant! comparable to iketeru or zipangu, heheh :D

thenomadGourmand said...

Ahhh.. any malaysian food (nasi lemak, roti canai, chap fun) cravings yet?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tng: haha probably soon and i think i have already spotted a few place to satisfy those cravings!

sean: well this is like sushi zanmai kind of place, wouldnt compare to iketeru or zipangu, for that we have nobu =)

eiling: haha i still got a few msian places up my sleeves!

michelle: wheres that kenzan? wouldnt mind finding it!

tInKy said...

thanks again for lunch, Joe. And, no lar.. my one was only ~AUD13 :P

Kenzan- inside GPO (General Post Office) on Bourke Street. Or, the one at Collins Place.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tinky: haha u r welcome!

- m i c h e l l e - said...

I can bring you to Kenzan!!! :P

Paranoid Android said...

This joint looks pretty packed hor? The food must be decent enough.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pa: very packed, got to wait for seats, this is unfortunately melbourne, people like to wait to get their good 1.

michelle: get well first then bring me ok!

J said...

Yay! More Melbourne places. Quickly post more so that I can see and shortlist the places I want to try in Sept! :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j: haha i will try..eating out with no income is NOT funny!

Life for Beginners said...

Hey Joe! Greetings to you in Melbourne! How's life there so far? At least you are meeting the locals already, no? :)

CUMI & CIKI said...

so nais! love reading the posts from Melb.. keep it up. btw, cold + eat more.. be careful we don't recognize you when u get back ar... :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: yeah i am gonna b skinny n buff! haha

kenny: life is good!

Tummy Rumble said...

eat out more, then come up with a list of good food for tourist like me when I visit aussie :P

Kristy Khai Woon said...

Go try J Cafe. Ask Zack he should know where it is.

If I remember correctly it is around the corner of Elephant and Wheelbarrow Pub and somewhere between that theater on Exhibition St?

Sorry I have totally forgetten which street is which street so if i'm wrong dun blame me :P