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New Years Eve ~ Melbourne 2007. Yeah, it was apparently 40 degrees on the day. Or was it 41? 42? I can’t remember. It’s been hot every friggin’ day for the past week so all the days are kinda blurry in my mind. Anyway. Original plan was to have dinner at Shoya (otherwise known as that-Japanese-place-next-door-to-Flower-Drum) with Adam, my sister Janice and her boyfriend John. Bookings were made a few weeks in advance because it was NYE and all. But 3 hours before dinnertime, John rings me up and tells me that he and Janice “can’t make it to dinner.” Something about having to keep his best friend company while he (the best friend) goes on a date with a girl. Or something like that. Kids. I’m glad that Shoya didn’t charge a pay-in-advance-non-refundable-deposit fee like many Melbourne restaurants did for NYE but if they did, I would not have been happy.
Sashimi – This one was my favourite. The sashimi was FRESH FRESH FRESH. From what I could recall, there were kingfish, salmon, tuna and a bunch of other fishies that I couldn’t remember the name of. It was so good that no soy sauce was required to enjoy the little fishy morsels. Probably the best sashimi I’ve had in Melbourne so far (but if anyone can prove me wrong…) Also, check this out: the entire bowl was made out of ice!
Seven lucky God Sachet – whatever THAT meant. On Shoya’s website, it says “deep fried variety of 7 ingredients named after Japanese festive season’s 7 lucky gods.” All I remember was that I had a soup which contained all sorts of stuff in it, including a small lobster, enoki mushroom, beancurds amongst other goodies. To be honest, I wasn’t sure whether I liked this one…
Poached giant scallop with salmon, turnip and salmon caviar. I didn’t like how the bitter and pungent turnip contrasted sharply with the sweet succulent scallop and the fleshy salmon. It was just … a mess. The dish would’ve tasted better without the turnip, fo shizzle.
Not bad, not bad at all. The miso and mixed rice were obviously the same sort of stuff that you’d expect to find at a normal Japanese cafe and while the wagyu was nice enough, I felt that the white radish was too big a distraction…