Shonan Kamakura is a cosy, newly opened Japanese restaurant tucked in the foodie area of Southern Cross, that is Katherine Place. With so many high quality Japanese restaurants in Melbourne, Shonan Kamakura fills a niche in between cheap don-like Japanese meals, and high end Japanese fine dining. With lovely interior design, and a classic, Japanese izakaya-like dinner menu that is relatively affordable, Shonan Kamakura is a hidden gem for those looking for a quiet, romantic date night!
The good fat: The miso glazed eggplant and kamakura rolls were my favourites of the night. The glaze over the eggplant captured the delicious sweetness and umami flavours embodied by Japanese miso, and complemented the beautifully velvety strips of eggplant perfectly. This is also a Shonan specialty – so make sure you order it!
The kamakura roll – a massive warrior sushi filled with thick pieces of karaage chicken, and decorated with a thin slice of bulgogi is a meal in itself, and clearly, one of the specialties at Shonan Kamakura!
There is plenty of variety in the izakaya dishes, ranging from generous slices of sashimi, to tempura moriawase, along with teriyaki salmon – Shonan provides options for all. Ending with the chocolate cheesecake and black sesame icecream was a perfect finale to our Japanese dinner.
The cheesecake had the full-bodied flavours of dark chocolate supplemented by its decadent smooth texture without being overly rich. I’ve been growing a bit of an obsession with black sesame icecream this year – and trying a scoop at Shonan just further exacerbated this! 😛 The yuzu panna cotta is also a lighter, and refreshing dessert option that is guaranteed to impress.
The bad fat: I felt in some aspects, Shonan Kamakura requires a slight refined improvement, especially given the tough Japanese food scene in Melbourne – for example, the karaage chicken and the tempura moriawase batter could do with a slightly extra crunch. Likewise, the teriyaki salmon was just on the overcooked side, letting the dish down ever so slightly – especially since the teriyaki sauce and vegetables were really delicious!
CHECK OUT SHONAN KAMAKURA’S FULL WEBSITE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/shonankamakuramelbourne/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Shonan Kamakura, Melbourne for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.