Drawing influence from the izakaya style of Japanese eating and drinking, Mr Miyagi offers a compelling proposition - stylish, laid back surrounds, a diverse drinks list and a clear focus on serving up delicious, playful dishes.
The decor fuses modern, grungy elements with traditional Japanese design to produce a cohesive whole.
Specialising in Japanese and Pan-Asian share plates, the food served ranges from creative and contemporary such as nori tacos and schnitty bao, to Japanese classics such as sashimi and dumplings.
The Tempura broccoli was our favourite dish from our visit, The soft broccoli was encased in ethereally light and crispy tempura batter. Generously covered with a layer of grated cheese, this dish was vegetarian comfort food and would make anyone with a distaste for broccoli reconsider.
The famous David Chang’s ramen gnocchi was similarly delicious. The light pillows of ramen gnocchi were accompanied by a rich, flavoursome sauce and lashings of rich salted buffalo ricotta and wagyu Bolognese. Similar but different, this dish was a creative Japanese take on an Italian staple.
The famous MFC lived up to expectations. Each morsel of fried chicken was tender, juicy and distinctly flavoursome. We loved how this crispy bar staple was done impeccably well without compromise.
If you prefer something lighter, do not go past the Kingfish Ceviche – a wonderful melange of sweetness, salinity and acidity. Yellowtail kingfish is served alongside cucumber, ruby grapefruit, coconut panna cotta, red sorrel and finished with young ginger dressing. Just yum!
To finish, the pumpkin toast can best be described with one word - wow. The scattered presentation was an artistic mix of order and chaos. The bursts of tartness from the yoghurt sorbet worked well with the creamy white chocolate and pumpkin ganache while the honeycomb provided a wonderful textural element. A fantastically delicious amalgam of unlikely ingredients, the pumpkin toast is a must try for any visitor of Mr Miyagi.
Combined with a vibrant atmosphere, diverse beverage selection and warm staff, Mr Miyagi is an exciting foodie destination and has certainly earned our stamp of approval.
Location: 99 Chapel Street, Windsor
Phone: 03 9529 5999