Food and Drink
Posted by Taryn Hunter
21. Oct, 2013
“Girl who cannot eat with chopsticks is girl not worth talking to,” or so says the newest resident of the ever-growing Windsor end of Chapel Street, Mr. Miyagi. Based on the iconic sensei from the Karate Kid films, the restaurant/bar is a welcome addition to the brunch-heavy end of Chaps.
Co-owner and creator Andy Restein says the concept was born on a regular boys’ night out along the shopping strip.
“If I was on death row, my last meal would be Japanese,” says Restein. “And every week we’d pick a new Chapel Street place every week, and I wondered why there were no really cool Japanese places.”
In its essence Mr. Miyagi wants to deliver you traditional Japanese specialties – with a twist. Concrete floors and iron detailing lend the restaurant a New York bar vibe, which comes out in use of neon signs, eclectic art and a hallway to the bathroom reminiscent of the backstreets of Tokyo. Seating is casual with a mix of stools and crates up the front perfect for perving on passing foot traffic. Alternatively, pull up a pew at the bar and watch the sashimi masters at work.
The menu is broken up into rounds: one, two and three. Round one has all your favourite Japanese snacks, including edamame ($4) and Daniel San katsu bun ($15/3pc), and also new age interpretations such as David Chang’s ramen gnocchi wagyu bolognese ($15).
Round two delves into share plates of sashimi, sushi hand rolls and skewers, whilst Round three takes it to the next level, including a salt roasted Otways pork belly ($30) and a miso glazed kingfish ($29). Dessert of kobacha pumpkin with white chocolate pumpkin ganache ($15) was a standout.
Thirsty but no prior knowledge of sake? No problem. Mr Miyagi has a simple three step process to help you decide that which soothes you. Sakes come in a range of sweet and dry, hot and cold, ensuring you can find the perfect drop for whatever your mood.
In the last words of the famous karate instructor, “Mr M says if you can read this you need another drink.”
99 Chapel Street in Windsor
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