Shira Nui has been going strong for 13 years and is a restaurant I used to frequent for lunch when working close by. Thankfully the food is as good as I remember all those years ago, and still has the reputation as one of the best places to experience omakase sushi for dinner in Melbourne.
Their lunch menu offers an affordable dining experience. We choose to share the Chirasi Zushi lunch special $24 comprised of kobachi (appetiser); noodles and root vegetables, Chawan Mushi which is a silky Japanese egg custard with pieces of eel resting on the bottom of the glass, and sashimi on top of sushi rice which has a decent and welcomed amount of ginger through it and Katsudon $18; deep fried chicken in sweet soy sauce with egg or rice served with pickles, pickles, rice and miso soup, washed down with Japanese tea $1 pp and some warm sake from the Tateyama region $27 for 300ml. My companion and I recently travelled to Japan and visited Tateyama so this informed our choice of sake.
Service is brisk and meals are brought out within 10 minutes of ordering, the waitress also accommodates our request for an extra serving of Chawan Mushi, which is a highlight- silky, soft custard hits the spot. The fresh and high quality sashimi is soft and delicately flavoured, whilst the Katsudon chicken is tender, moist and moreish. The rich egg sauce providing a perfect foil to the crumbed chicken. Our booking was at 1pm and the restaurant closes at 2pm, which was ample time to finish all dishes, but if you want to take your time book the 12pm session.
I managed a same day booking at the bar for 1pm, but make sure you book in advance as the lunch session is popular. Shira Nui provides an authentic Japanese dining experience in the suburbs, with affordable good quality food and no doubt I will return to try the okamase sushi parade.
Open Lunch 12-2pm Dinner Tuesday- Saturday 6-10pm
247 Springvale Rd