SHINBASHI YAKINIKU, CARLTON: Shinbashi Yakiniku is interesting – a unique, Japanese BBQ spot amidst the sprawling Italina restaurants that line Lygon Street. Yakiniku, by definition, means grilled meat, specialising in the art of Japanese barbeque. This Melbourne Japanese restaurant has just recently re-opened after an unfortunate consequence of being damaged by a neighbouring restaurant’s fire – but now, the interior is bright, clean, and refreshingly traditional – with slippers provided for you to sit in the BBQ grilling booths. They feature a 90 minute $60 BBQ buffet most days, which even features a delicious selection of premium quality wagyu!
The good fat: The quality of the meats offered at Shinbashi Yakiniku are quite second to none. The marbled beef is tenderly sliced, with generous swirls of fatty marbling that makes any beef-lover drool with delight. Not to mention, the thinly sliced wagyu beef, the twangy slices of ox tongue, and the tender pieces of pork loin were some other exceptional meats of the evening. The waiters are very thoughtful – happy to refill the charcoal when it’s running low, and change the grill plates when meats are starting to stick at the bottom.
We also appreciated how tasty and refreshing the unlimited sides were. The salmon in the sashimi platter was a standout – freshly aromatic with the taste of the sea. Another highlight was the wakame (seaweed) salad and the tako salad (octopus) – both were uniquely distinct, with hints of sweet and sourness from the light dressings, but also various textures of chewy octopus and crunchy, juicy seaweed.
The bad fat: Although the premium meats we were offered at the beginning definitely gave us a great start to a protein-rich dinner, some of the options from the BBQ were a little lacklustre. The wagyu harami, was really tough, as it was probably a worser cut of beef. The other selections on the sashimi set – the tuna and scallop were unfortunately not as fresh.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – For wagyu lovers, and anyone with a big appetite for deliciously grilled, and fresh meat with a variety of side options, Shinbashi Yakiniku is a lovely group venue.
CHECK OUT SHINBASHI YAKINIKU HERE: http://shinbashimelb.com/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Shinbashi Yakiniku for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration