Monday, August 14, 2006

Shinjuku, Brunswick

Saturday Night Michael and I wanted to grab a quick bite to eat & felt like some Japanese, somewhere simple & close to home. We chose Shinjuku on Sydney Road which has been there for years. It’s a quiet spot and best of all no bookings required to get a table at 8pm on a Saturday night. The d├ęcor is clean, lots of wooden (pine?) furniture & the typical Japanese prints & hangings adorning the walls & celings. The prices are very good here too, in fact we managed to eat more than enough and have a couple of beers all for about $50.00, pretty good value if you ask me. To start with we shared a very generous serving of gyoza, as you can see from the photo they look a bit wonky but tasted quite nice, I wouldn’t say they were perfect but there was nothing wrong with them either, as I said, pretty good. Next we had a main serving of tempura prawns & vegetables & a beef dish labelled *Beef Tepinyaki*, really just a beef & vegie stir fry along with some steamed rice. The tempura was great, the batter nice & light & neither the prawns or veggies overdone, 3 huge prawns & lots of veggies so again quite generous. The beef too was a huge platter, I was less impressed with this as some of the pieces of meat were a little tough & chewy & the flouvourings were very plain, still ok & overall a good choice for something quick & cheap.

Shinjuku
148 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
(03) 9380-9824

5 comments:

Matt said...

Hey Ange,

Looks like you struck a good one... I will take wonky looking great tasting food any day over tasteless pretty stuff...

Ellie said...

I'm going to have to recommend this place to my bf - he lives just up Sydney Rd (near Moreland), and is always trudging into the city for his gyoza hit!

Belinda said...

It's always the wonky gyoza that tastes the best!

Another Outspoken Female said...

This is (or was?) the home of the happiest cats in Melbourne, sometimes at the beginning or end of the night they'd be in hanging out around the sushi chef - after a while they'd shoo them out the back with some fish scraps and you'd see them if you went out to to the loo.

Wouldn't that be cat heaven!

Ange said...

Damm, if I'd known about the cat loving chef I would have brought Mojo with us!