Kenji Japanese Dining
10/1405-1411 Toorak Road
Camberwell, VIC 3124
A much delayed post on this little japanese place out in the suburbs, which was highly recommended by friends. We made a mid-week trip about a month ago, loved it so much and were back within a week for more.
It’s located near the corner of Toorak and Warrigal road, inside a little arcade with ample 2P parking behind. The shop does both take away as well as dine in, which reflects in their contrasting set up. There’s a nice cosy dining area with timber furniture, bamboo partitioning, traditional paintings and a sushi bar along the back wall – but also an entrance with pre-fried goods sitting in bain-maries and pre-cut sushi as well as self-serve cutlery and hot tea.
They have an extensive menu with a highlight being their wide variety of sashimi, and all at an extremely affordable price. Think ~15 for an entree sized sashimi platter, ~ 9 for ramen/rice dishes.
Our first visit:
Nigiri (entree size). Salmon, tuna, kingfish, scallop, ark shell and prawn. Really fresh, delicious. Possibly the first time I’ve tried scallop as sashimi – absolutely amazing, such a plump little serving and so sweet. Yums.
A Bento box. I think this was beef (I’ve forgotten exactly now), which was tender with a yummy marinade/sauce. The sides were good, with all the friend components contributing to a very filling serve.
The miso ramen with chicken. The winners for me in this was the chicken which was glazed and a little crispy on the edge and the bamboo which added to the flavoursome and hearty broth.
Already enormously satisfied with our meal thus far, we proceeded to further sacrifice our waist lines for the good (and completeness) of this blog via the dessert menu.
The green tea creme brulee. Good matcha flavour, but not as smooth tasting or as delicate of a flavour as the one at Shira Nui in Glen Waverley. However, at about half the price of the latter and about double the serving size, it’s not a bad alternative.
Red bean dorayaki. We should not have skimped on ordering a side of ice cream with this as alone it was a bit… dry.
I think this place has the potential to be a serious contender at the finer end of japanese dining a la shira nui, particularly as they offer a sashimi omakase (which I still want to try), but at the moment is still a little rough around the edges in terms of of presentation.
Completely fine by me though, the food is fresh and delicious, and I’ll definitely be back here for more.