Japan is high up on my travel wish list, I want to see the cherry blossoms, the geishas and the crazy fashions but no self respecting food blogger would have Japan on their wish list without thinking of all those fabulous food-related reasons for going!
I have this dream that Japan is all wall-to-wall of fresh fish, hot and crunchy tempura and gooey gyoza, which is my dream version of unicorns and puppies. And unlikely as it seems, a little slice of the Japan I envisioned lurks down a slightly dingy set of stairs on a small little alley in Victoria.
Had it not been for a recommendation from a Victoria local, I wouldn’t even have descended down these steps at all but I would have missed out!
There’s a teeny tiny counter you can sit at to watch the chefs in action or you can grab one of the tables, watched over by some quirky sushi art, handily also acting as an explanation of what you might wish to order!
We opt for a bit of a mixed bag of all my favourites, soft shell crab & prawn tempura, mixed sashimi platter with some gyoza on the side and everything is just spot on. The sashimi is buttery soft and fresh and the fried food is not overly greasy but perfectly cooked and served piping hot.
It’s not as polished as say Nobu or Roka, but it’s great quality food well executed. When I make it to Japan, I hope I find that wherever we go, we find places just like this, great food served in small packages.