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Maedaya Sake and Grill

400 Bridge road
Richmond
T: 9428 3918
 

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I love Japanese food, so when I learnt of a sake and grill bar in Richmond I couldn’t wait to try it. And Maedaya did not disappoint. When we walked in we were greeted “Youkoso irasshai mashita” (Welcome) by friendly staff and I felt like I had been transported to a sake bar in Tokyo city.  Inside the walls were decorated with large ship ropes from floor to ceiling, patrons sat along the bar watching the sake master at work while chefs were busy at an open grill frying skewers.

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Maedaya kept the surprises coming with their Menu on an ipad, just ingenious. You can place your orders directly to the kitchen and/or bar in your own time. Just make sure you pace yourself as it’s very easy, as I found, to get click happy and order more than you can eat. The menu is broken up into tapa style small dishes to more larger main plates along with a selection of sushi and sashimi. Perfect for sharing a meal with company or for just having nibbles while you drink.

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Hot miso soup with friend tofu croutons hit the spot on a cold winter evening, while their crunchy prawn karage (to be eaten whole) was finger licking good.

As a sake house Maedaya had an abundant selection of sake and wines lined up along the wall, I chose my favourite plum wine to accompany my supper. Plum wine is very different from any wine you may have tried, it’s sweet fruity and incredibly smooth, just delicious if you ask me.

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Their chicken gyoza (Japanese dumplings) are some of the best I have had and I highly recommend them.

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D was a big fan of their spicy soy marinated Salmon which was served with Japanese mayo and dried chilli.

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The sizzling plate of miso chicken was my favourite; great flavour and tender chicken pieces with fresh vegies.

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Calamari rings with sweet chilli and mayo.

An entertaining dinner experience, whether you come with friends or by yourself.

3/5 Bites

Price $

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Mamasita

Level 1, 11 Collins street
Melbourne
T: 9650 3821
 

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As a hotspot for trendy Melburnians on any night, Mamasita has firmly established itself as one of the top restaurants in town. Suggesting to go there on a ‘Monday night’ for dinner and drinks, with old uni friends N and S, still didn’t save us from the unavoidable wait time for a table. Like alot of popular new restaurants you can’t book ahead and waiting along a narrow stairway, while patrons that are leaving squeeze by you,  is not very pleasant. 

Luckily we were only waiting for 15 mins and once seated the overall experience of the evening was marvellous.  The wait staff were friendly and made great suggestions for what to order however, at times difficult to get a hold of which is the downside of dining somewhere so busy.

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Apart from Mamasita Margarita’s, we sipped on a bizarre cocktail that tasted like it had been made from Tabasco sauce and was garnished with a cooked prawn.

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There was only one item on the menu I insisted we had to try, the famous “street style” chargrilled corn aka elotes callejeros that I had heard so much about. And we all agreed it definitely lived up to the hype. Sweet corn on the cob covered in salty, sharp grated cheese and mexican spices (possibly paprika and cummin) finished with a squeeze of fresh lime. Absolutely delicious!

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Tostaditas with de Cangrejo – fried tortilla chips that have different toppings. We chose to have topped with crab, avocado and tamarind mayonnaise. Very tasty but a little too pricey for the size of the dish. 

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From the selection of tacos we each chose either the steak with refried beans or the braised ox tongue and cheek (above) which was the clear winner for best tasting.

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Mole negro con pollo – confit chicken with “black mole” caught our attention and on further enquiry it turned out the black mole was a sticky chocolate sauce. I thought this dish would be more exciting and flavourful, in reality it was quite bland and heavy.

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Salmon ahumado casero – hickory smoked salmon with ancho glaze. A great dish complemented by broken rice (or so we suspect) and a delicious sticky glaze. Salmon was also cooked to perfection.

Definitely will be coming back to Mamasita again, sooner rather than later (still dreaming about their corn on the cob!!).

4/5 Bites

Price $$

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Los Hermanos Mexican Taqueria

399 Victoria St
Brunswick
T: 9939 3661
 

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When M and I caught up for after work drinks and nibbles  she took  me to this little mexican taqueria hidden between houses and some local shops in Brunswick. From the outside you wouldn’t have realised it was a bar if it weren’t for the papel picado (tissue paper banners) hanging from the wooden awning.

Inside people were seated around a modern bar, on small wooden tables or along a long table facing the large window at the front which let in the last rays of the setting sun. At the back the bar boasted a spacious courtyard, lemon tree included, which was left wanting as the cold evening breeze had set in. We decided to sit at the bar so we could view the menu written on the chalkboard wall (sounds tacky but it wasn’t). All of the cocktails were tequila based and though had quirky names like “el diablo” sounded absolutely delicious.

Los Hermanos offered us a tantalising selection of tacos, sopes and ensalada de nopales along with home made salsas and lots of hot sauce. After wanting to try almost everything on the menu but our appetites after 2 drinks not permitting we settled on a tasting platter of our own making. And agreed to come back again to gorge ourselves on tacos, tacos, tacos.

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Los Gorditas – Soft tortilla pockets filled with refried mexican beans.

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Los Tacos – de res (beef) and de pollo (chicken) are open tortilla tacos with slow cooked meat, cheese, lettuce, home made salsa, potato and coriander.

3/5 Bites

Price $$

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