Finding a home on Richmond’s Church Street, Mamame exudes a spacious, casual and welcoming environment set against a bar setting.
In line with its social setting, the menu items are primarily designed for sharing, with dishes divided into user friendly sections. The menu is abundant with options and features authentic Korean and Japanese flavours combined with modern techniques and twist alongside excellent service.
Each dish is a work of art and strives to break the norms whilst retaining the heart and soul of traditional Korean and Japanese cuisine.
The restaurant also offers a good selection of wine, sake, umeshu and several Asian-inspired Cocktails.
The scallops were nicely seared and showcased the requisite sweetness that comes with being fresh. The accompanying creamed cauliflower was a traditional and beautiful combination while the crispy rice added a desirable crunch.
Cured kingfish with wasabi pea puree, chili pickled daikon & compressed cucumber
The cured kingfish was a standout. The delicate slices of very fresh kingfish were served with an amazing wasabi pea puree, chili pickled daikon and compressed cucumber. The dish was notable for the quality of the kingfish and the interplay between the tartness of the pickled daikon and the richness of the pea puree. It was a clever dish that was very well executed.
Steamed prawn dumplings with sliced rare beef in fragrant broth
The prawn dumplings boasted clean flavours and fresh ingredients. The velvety dumpling skins were beautiful in texture and the accompanying sea umami-laden broth was pleasantly appetising.
Baked prawns stuffed with Tobiko mayo (flying fish roe)
Steamed Buns with Grilled pork, kimchi, cucumber & Ssam sauce
The grilled pork buns were an absolute winner. The fluffy, moist and slightly sweet buns were filled with an addictive medley of cucumber, ssam sauce and kimchi which possessed a refreshing, yet subtly different, balance of sweet and sour elements. Sitting alongside this was the wonderful pork belly. Having truly mastered the art of pork roasting, each pork belly slice had been succulently roasted to retain a porky juiciness, thereby achieving a healthy layer of melt-in-the-mouth fat in the process. The feature item was the crackling which possessed the ultimate crunch and acted as an ideal seasoning for the pork meat.
Braised beef short ribs with black daikon & pickled mustard
The braised beef short ribs were tender and delicious, with caramel undertones courtesy of being slow-braised in rice wine. Paired with an earthy Asian braising sauce, the ribs fell away at the weight of our spoons whilst still retaining their integrity. The pickled mustard and tender black daikon was the perfect accompaniment. It was a magnificent dish.
Mamame’s iteration of this classic Korean dish was sublime. The large nugget of moist pork belly contained the perfect amount of unctuous fat, imbibed with caramelised soy sauce. Each bite truly gratified the palate in both texture and taste. This dish is a must try for the non-health conscious.
Pumpkin pannacotta with salted caramel syrup
The pannacotta was textured perfectly - barely, but surely, holding its shape. Mildly flavoured with sweet pumpkin, the creamy pannacotta was cut by the lovely hint of saltiness from the decadent syrup and dried goji berries. A welcome departure from the mundane dessert items usually found at Korean/Japanese establishments, this dessert offered its own unique characteristics. We loved the familiar yet different flavour combinations.
Mamame delivers high quality Japanese/ Korean fusion cuisine and assimilates perfectly in Melbourne’s casual dining scene. The food produced adheres to a very high standard and looks to both surprise and please.