28 Corrs Lane, Melbourne Vic 3000
Phone: (03) 9663 1706
Yamato is one of those restaurants that is well hidden in the laneways of Melbourne and only people who are adventurous and interested in the hunt of food would appreciate. We have been wanting to give it a try since the beginning of this year but somehow we always ended up at the front door when it is closed for the day! Decided to try our luck on a weeknight and yes, we finally managed to ace a table!It is important to note that there are not many seats available at Y, so having a group dinner there might not be a sensible idea. The place also seems a bit old and run down but the food and the attentive service compensated it all.For the first dish of the night, we had Battered Oysters: the oysters were fresh and battered nicely; they were not overly fried; tasted good on its good when dipped with the sweet sauce and a zesty twist when sprinkled with a tinge of lemon!
Following that, we had Mixed Seafood on Sizzling Plate: I was quite disappointed with the variety of seafood and the tiny pieces of salmon and squids mixed in the orangey sauce. I would have expected a larger portion and more effort with the price tag attached.
Next, we had Stir Fry Beef with Ginger: the ginger smell was slightly overpowering in my opinion but luckily the taste was rather subtle; the beef was tender and the sauce gave the ‘kick’ that it was supposed to. A slightly bigger portion would be great!
Lastly, we finished the night off with the dessert of the day: Red Bean Parfait with Vanilla Icecream. The red bean was delicious, not too sweet but we were wondering if we should have chosen the Green Tea Icecram instead of Vanilla? Nonetheless, the crackers and cream at the side, added the different textures and topping it as a fabulous dessert.
The food reminded me of Ootoya in Singapore, however, of slightly inferior quality and taste. It was a normal homemade Japanese fare in a cosy layout.