Dining Out: Mitsuno, Malvern

by April@MyFoodTrail on June 21, 2010

in BYO Place, Dining Out, Japanese, Malvern

16 Glenferrie Road, Malvern VIC
(03) 9576 2151

Cuisine: Japanese
BYO: Yes, $5 per bottle
Prices: Small plate $14-$18, Large plate around $29

Inside Mitsuno

I was looking back through my blog trying to find the last time I posted about a restaurant and then realised I haven’t finished my Sydney trip posts, let alone even starting on my USA eats!

Anyway, I’ll post about Mitsuno first because this post was supposed to be published months ago and the photos are loaded. I ate at Mitsuno some time ago and if not for the photos and me making notes in my notebook, I wouldn’t have remembered what we ate!

I also want to post about Mitsuno because it’s the first dinner out we had with Mr ST since starting this blog. Yes, Mr ST is a busy man! One Friday night we made last minute dinner plans to have dinner together but at such late notice, we were wondering where we could find a vacancy for our chosen cuisine of Japanese. In consulted the Age Good Food Guide and Mr ST looked on the Internet and funnily enough, we came to the same conclusion of either Mitsuno or Aya, both in Malvern along Glenferrie Road. Mr ST ended up choosing Mitsuno.

Mitsuno is almost at the end of Glenferrie Road, near Princes Highway and opposite Malvern Central. The restaurant was only about a third full and stayed that way throughout our meal. We found the menu quite limited and surprisingly there was no sushi available.

We started with sashimi (which was on the specials board) of kingfish, salmon, tuna and scallops. The fish was fresh but I didn’t like how they didn’t remove the underside of the skin (I’m not sure of the proper name) as seen on the salmon and kingfish.

Sashimi – kingfish, salmon, tuna & scallops $18

We also ordered a bowl of edamame, which is baby soy beans in the pod.

Edamame $5.50

Next was the scallops and asparagus tempura. The batter on the scallops were a bit thick, but perfect on the asparagus.

Scallop & asparagus tempura $16

The gyoza look a bit worse for wear and the skin was a bit thick, but the minced pork and vegetable filling was tasty.

Gyoza $14.50

I really liked the Japanese deep fried chicken. The outside was crispy and the chicken was tender. The batter had a nice KFC like flavour.

Kara-age chicken $15

The seared tuna was the highlight dish. Beautifully seared and dressed with a salty-sour soy sauce.

Seared tuna with soy sauce & garlic $19

The last dish sounded good on the menu and visibly looks great, but I found the beef on the chewy side.

Wagyu sukiyaki roll with shiitake mushroom $29

Overall: The food was not bad. The place had the feel of your local neighbourhood Japanese restaurant but the prices of a more expensive restaurant. I don’t think the food justified the prices and nothing really stood out enough to make me want to go back.

Favourite dishes: Kara-age Japanese fried chicken; Seared tuna

Over & Out, April xx

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

cloudcontrol June 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I was thinking as I read this post – hey, the food looks pretty good, but what's with those prices!? Was that little bits of shiitake mushroo through the rice? Yummy!


Kat (Spatula, Spoon and Saturday) June 22, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I love Mitsuno. I have been back a couple of times since. I keep thinking rather than going to expensive restaurants and order degustation, go to Mitsuno and order all the different dishes.

I have always thought it's quite cheap for the great food you get. Strange how opinions differ!

The fatty bits of the ocean trout and kingfish being left on is relatively normal I thought. It's the storng-flavoured bits and should balance the blandness of the fish.


April @ My Food Trail June 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Hi cloudcontrol: I thought the prices were on the expensive side too. Yep, it was shiitake through the rice!

Hi Kat: Really? I thought the food didn't justify the prices – I expected more for my money! Everyone is bound to have different opinions though. I'm glad you like the place!

Almost all the time I have salmon, it is without the grey bits but I don't have kingfish often so I'm not sure if that's normal.


Conor @ Hold the Beef July 4, 2010 at 2:11 am

I like the use of kfc as a descriptor 🙂


April @ My Food Trail July 6, 2010 at 10:44 am

Hi Conor: Hehe, I would say most people would know what KFC tastes like!


Restaurant Melbourne July 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm

The dishes look divine…. Yeah it may be expensive, though when you are getting quality it's worth it I think… Nothing worse paying top dollar for things and getting poor quality…


April @ My Food Trail July 21, 2010 at 11:55 am

Hi Restaurant Melbourne: The quality of the food was good, I just thought the prices were expensive for what you get!


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