Ah Shiranui. I love that it is in Glen Waverley – the only problem is getting a seat, especially for impromptu lunches. They offer a lunch menu which is really value for money – the price range is somewhere between $14-20 or so with a great selection of their usual dishes featuring on the lunch menu too. Now I don’t have a photo of their lunch menu but I remember seeing a fantastic tataki salad and curry tonkatsu being served.
If you have ever been to Shiranui you will understand our excitement when we were able to get a seat for lunch without a booking. We even managed to sit at the booth and enjoyed watching the chefs at work.
We ordered the unagi don (eel rice) – a succulent and juicy eel with a bed of egg strands on top of rice and the chirashi zushi sashimi set. The latter came with chawanmushi and miso soup. I thought the chawanmushi was excellent but my lunch companion felt komeyui’s was nicer - seems like I need to try this restaurant! The chirashi zushi basically is sushi rice mixed in with flavorings and loaded with a generous portion of sashimi.
A fantastic lunch deal in the south eastern suburbs. Note you can still order from their full menu – I saw one table getting the beef onigiri as well as the seared salmon. Can’t wait to go for dinner again. I hear the omakase is exceptionally good and the waitress last time said they had oyster sushi.
I found some old photos of previous lunches at Shiranui – DSLR photos turn out nicer:) I think we got the Gyuudon (beef rice) which was fantastic. A very generous portion – I think we could have shared this between the two of us except that if we did that we’d be missing out on the Chirashi zushi set.
Update 9 March 2014:
I’m always happy when they say there’s a table available. This time we were seated at the counter – we don’t mind this at all – we get to marvel at how swiftly the chef can fillet a fish and his knife work.
Here’s a photo of the lunch menu – it’s actually from a while ago so I think by now they’ve increased most items by $1 – oh well. Still worth it!
Surprisingly for the price, you also get some appetisers which from the last few times have been a refreshing lightly dressed spaghetti and pickles.
It is also funny that we always order the same things. Shame for exploring other options but I guess this time I had my DSLR so the photos are better! We did manage to try their tempura udon soup. Lovely tempura at a fraction of the price served at dinner. And with udon! What’s there not to love.
We tried their momoyaki chicken a while back – sticky and sweet. Wonderful with rice.
Unagi don again. Comes with miso soup.
Chirashi zushi this time with a better camera. It comes with chawanmushi if you order the set – lovely as ever.