Meiji Japanese Cafe
105 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Phone: (03) 9662 2899
Service: 7/10 (shown to the table promptly and gave a fresh pair of chopsticks before requesting)
P finally arrived in Melbourne for the very first time and we were thinking of where to go for dinner after putting all the luggages at my place. We walked through Chinatown (I know again but it is a ‘must’ do for tourist?), intially settled for Yamato but we were given a crappy seat which was right next to the door. After browsing through the menu, we decided to leave and go for something else. As it was rather late, there were not many options left. We came across this brightly lit cafe on the side of the road with some cute decor up front and decided to step in and fill our empty tummies.
We were ushered to our seats immediately by the Chinese lady at the counter. She cleaned up the table swiftly while we made ourselves comfortable in our seats. We were spoilt for choice by the sizeable variety available, ranging from sashimi, sushi, don and ramen. After staring at the menu for a good ten minutes, we decided on the following dishes: prawn tempura. They were slightly overfried and we were given 3 and half pieces of prawns? They were large but the flour on the outside were a bit too thick as opposed to those traditional Japanese ones. I like the lotus the chef put in but the pumpkin simply tasted weird.
As a lover for croquettes, I saw on the menu that they have crab croquette, thinking they will be using real crab meat, but I was disappointed. Even though the presentation was nice and the dipping sauce was awesome, they used only crab meat shreds which were cheap and overpriced in this dish.
Of course, you will have to order sushi or sashimi at a Japanese restaurant. We ordered the mix combination of sushi and sashimi. The presentation was attractive with the various bright colours! The fish was not as succulent as they were at Yuriya, freshness is comparable but the good thing was that they were generous with the serving!
Meiji is not an authentic Japanese per se but the quality and price are great. Late night dinner? Tick! I have to mention this, P dropped her chopsticks accidentally while we were finishing our food. Before we could raise our hands to ask for a new pair, the lady who served us initially, “rushed” to our table, removing the “dirtied” ones and presented P with a new pair. 🙂 Credits to her!