Thursday, October 28, 2010

Shoya @ Market Lane, Melbourne

Market lane is one of the many lanes you walk pass when you are on the narrow long street of Chinatown (Little Bourke Street). Despite being quiet and not the brightest of streets, it houses a few high end restaurants including Flower Drum and Shoya. 

It was the last meal before my friend was leaving Melbourne that night and he decided to go for some japanese food, a good one he asked me to find. After asking around, Shoya it was.

Looking at the menu, Shoya serves a variety of old school and modern Japanese dishes. With good old sashimi to more adventerous items like mushroom, scallop and quail egg tempura, you get the drift.


The Salmon sashimi came in a big portion of 12 slices for AUD 19.80. Not the freshest but was acceptable. A key difference compared to Malaysia is how the sashimi has been portioned, which is rather thin and small, compared to the fat cuts back home.

This must be one of the most innovative tempura i had ever. The combination of mushroom, scallop and quail egg was spectacular. A signature dish for AUD 16.50.

Continuing with the fried items, we also had the Kurobuta Rosu Katsu, not any normal katsu but a special breed pig apparently. This was tender and fried with no oil residue on the plate. On the side you have the familiar tangy worchestire sauce. AUD 26.80.

The Wagyu Eye Fillet was melt in your mouth, served in a truffle sauce. Presentationwise and tastewise, it leaned towards a more western dish as it was accompanied with potato gratin as well. Magical and all yours for AUD 78.

One of those Japanese places that will reward you well if you have a big wallet. Alot of modern japanese dishes that are interesting and intriguing and i wouldn't mind coming back again when i am back in Melbourne.

Address and contact details:

25 Market Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000 Australia
Mon – Sat: 12:00 noon – 2:30pm

Sun – Thu: 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Fri – Sat: 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Public Holidays
Dinner only: 6:00pm – 10:30pm

Reservation & Inquiry
Phone: (03) 9650 0848 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (03) 9650 0848      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: (03) 9650 0950

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars, provided you have the budget to dine here of course. For the normal student out there or those who were unemployed, i suggest you seek solace at a more affordable japanese joint.

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Michelle Chin said...

The wagyu is really pricey! Gasp. 78 AUD! 75 AUD can get me a nice 3 course lunch in Vue de Monde.

J said...

How much for the wagyu? *faints*

Sean said...

quail egg & scallop tempura! can't wait for some japanese restaurant in kl to offer that someday! though i'd prefer to replace the mushroom with avocado :D

thule a.k.a leo said...

that is one hell of an expensive meal! Oh well, once in a while it's OK.. I love to splurge on good food sometimes too!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

all look so delicious, yummy!

minchow said...

Echoes Sean - avocado over mushroom, anyday! DELICIOUS!

Life for Beginners said...

Nein, nein, Sean & Minchow - mushrooms over avocado, surely. Renounce and repent! :P

And Joe, I think we should christen the quail's-egg-scallop-mushroom tempura as popcorn tempura cos it looks so delectably pop-in-one's-mouth! :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: haha it wil be a pretty hot tempura to pop it all in!

minchow: but fried avocado?

sonia: it was all indeed yummy..

leo: haha thats not the most exp available..still got more that even i cannot afford.

sean: u might sell the idea to the chef instead?

j: not much? haha

mchin: well wouldnt get u wagyu in vue de monde, thats for sure.

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eiling lim said...

wah so now you can splurge on food with the new job. Japanese food in australia looks quite interesting and not something we could get here in KL.

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CUMI & CIKI said...

what grade wagyu was it ar? the best sort ar? ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: nvr say wor, but it tasted pretty damn good, doubt it was the best kind, since we r in aust, prob the aust variety.