Richmond-ians are spoilt, blessed by Maeda’s Shop izakaya that’s simultaneously filling stomachs with exciting, flavour food bombs and knocking out brain cells with quality sake and biiru. Skewered chicken and pork meat lathered in a sweet, black tare sauce in the Sumiyaki set introduces the quality BBQ grilling experience, but a must is breakfast in your mouth Bacon and Egg McMuffin bacon and quail egg kushi.
From a kitchen proper, okonomiyaki proved so popular it was un-orderable by 8pm. Never fear because the liberal use of cheese in a fried gyoza dumpling and squid ring gratin evaporates disappointment. Retail sales at Lenards are threatened, customers will want to save their chicken credits after devouring the crispy skinned deep fried chicken wings that leave the lips tingling from the generously seasoning of garlic/ginger powder (Nagoya Tebasaki) and Chicken Namban (deep fried knobs of thigh drizzled with a sweet vinegar sauce, topped with a creamy, eggy tartare sauce).
Save room for dessert, green tea and chocolate a happy marriage in the pudding, but it’s the novel use of sweet soy milk to produce a pannacotta that’ll give you a smile to make Beat Takeshi jealous. Certainly wasn’t the first for the night though.
Curse those awesome people from Japan. They’ve given us the simplicity and freshness of sushi and sashimi, now they are encroaching on a favourite Aussie past time, by making the trusty Weber look like a Fisher-Price play set.
4 / 5 yums!
Where? 100 Bridge Rd, Richmond, VIC
What? Savouries $4-15, Desserts under $7
Left to Right : Maedaya's Dippin Mate, Sake Selection, Yakitori set, Squid Ring Gratin, Bacon and Egg Kushi, Tofu, Mushrooms, Noodle Salad, Chicken Namban, Agedashi Cheese Gyoza, Misa Kushi Katsu, Nagoya Tebasaki, Spicy Miso Yakiniku, Green Tea Chocolate Pudding, Soy Milk Pannacotta