Back to Melbourne and to the suburb of Carnegie. Koornang Road is becoming quite a gem for us when it comes to easy and free fuss meals. It all started off with a friend taking us there for a meal of Korean-Chinese cuisine then we were recommended Auntie Dumplings, then packed home some bagels from Huff Bagelry and now Shyun.
A fuss free Japanese place that has a Japanese running the sushi / sashimi section (always a plus point for me) but is packed to the brim even on a weekday night. Coming here without a booking was quite the mistake, having to wait close to 20-25 minutes before we got seated. So you have been warned. Plus the waiting time continues when it comes to food too.
It's becoming quite a bad habit whenever I eat Japanese, to sneak an order or two of something deep fried. Terribly bad for the belly and what not, oh well baby steps, baby steps. That night, we had the crumbed oysters and the tori kaarage. We have had better but considering price point (comparing it to the izakayas), this was average.
The soft shell crab maki was not too bad, crispy crab encased in decent sushi rice.
The star for the night, the chirashi sushi. I believe there isn't a fix price on the menu for this dish but I recall paying around $20 - $25 that night. For that price, I was rewarded handsomely with a range of seafood that had been prepare meticulously by the sushi chef. Better part was because the restaurant was packed like sardines and the kitchen was obviously battling backlog of orders, this came out pretty quickly.
Overall, if you stay away from the raw stuff, I think one can have a decent meal of Japanese here for under $20, just make sure you call and book a table in advance.
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Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Just what we have been finding, an average priced Japanese restaurant, just a pity everyone thinks the same.