Aya Japanese Restaurant
If you're after a quintessential Japanese dining experience in a specially crafted Tatami Room, then Aya Japanese Restaurant is for you. But be prepared to take off your shoes and show off your perfectly manicured toes as you sit at low tables, where rooms are partitioned with traditional Shoji screens and paper lanterns.
With a Teppanyaki Grill at the back of the restaurant as well as a traditional menu of Japanese dishes from sushi to Shabu Shabu, you will be pleasantly surprised with the appointment of Head Chef, Masa Uchida who reveals a fresh change to the previously standard Japanese menu.
Aya serves exquisite meals in both presentation and flavours; your first visit there will only be one of many in order to get through their decent-sized menu of entree's, salads, sushi and sashimi, Aya's special rolls, mains, set menu's and desserts.
A Japanese dining experience should always be kick-started with Edamame - green soya beans succulently steamed in pod with a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt ($8). For a Popeye dish with a twist, the Horenso Mentaiko is a beautifully presented spinach dish resembling a bird's nest and served with sesame dressing and Mentaiko mayonnaise with prawn ($13.50). Kani Mushimono is a flavoursome dish of steamed crab dumpling balls that are wrapped in crispy noodles and served with mustard - seafood with a tang!
Aya boasts over a handful of special rolls ($14.50-$17.50) that are mouth-watering and definitely filled with fresh ingredients like soft shell crab, tiger prawns and grilled eel. With names like spider, tiger and dragon rolls, there will definitely fulfill those with an adventurous streak.
The Sukiyaki is the meal of choice for a minimum of to people. Succulent beef slices are marinated in Aya's own sukiyaki sauce and served in a cast iron bowl atop an electric stove. Fresh vegetables of cabbage, carrot, shitake mushrooms and vinegary tofu are delicately marinated and accompanied with glass noodles all in the one pot ($26 per serve).
For those after a minimum of four courses, it's best to opt for the range of three Omakase (set menus). Choose from four courses ($51 per person), five courses ($59 per person) or six courses ($70 per person) and be treated to an array of Japanese delicacies including: the chef's appetizer, sushi and sashimi, soup, main and dessert.
For dessert, anything with green tea is highly recommended and will satisfy your palette to a T. Don't forget to try a glass or two of Japanese plum wine served on the rocks. Itadakimasu!
Review by Monica
Aya Japanese Restaurant
1193 High Street
Armadale VIC 3143
(03) 9822 9571
Open: Tuesday to Friday 12-3pm, Tuesday to Sunday 6-10:30pm
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