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Tempting photos on Facebook drew me in.
It wasn't long before an excuse was found for lunch at Ginza Miyako Japanese restaurant.
Describing itself as French/Japanese fusion, at lunch time it is far more Japanese than French. And that's how I like it!
Colourful signage on North Tce. Photo: Willunga Wino
Tucked into the Stamford Grand on North Terrace (near King William Rd), this new little sister restaurant to Ginza Japanese Unley shares an entrance with La Boca.
Bargain lunch specials. Photo: Willunga Wino
An inviting staircase tempts you upstairs.
Follow the stairway. Photo: Willunga Wino
Through the authentic entry doors you find yourself in a restaurant that wouldn't look out of place in Tokyo.
Authentic doorway. Photo: Willunga Wino
Polished wood floors, a bar well stocked with sake and Sapporo, fresh Ikebana flower arrangements and friendly, polite greetings.
Natural surfaces in the interior. Photo: Willunga Wino
With a bow, I am escorted past the Western-style tables, known as "yōshitsu", to the shoe locker.
Off come the shoes to step over the floor inlaid zen garden into the traditional dining room, known as "washitsu".
Zen garden inlaid into the threshhold. Photo: Willunga Wino
Traditional Japanese dining rooms either have low tables with cushions on the floor at which you sit cross legged, or sunken floors under the low table so you can put your legs comfortably under - this is the type at Ginza Miyako.
Traditional dining room. Photo: Willunga Wino
Overlooking passing pedestrians of North Terrace, you are afforded a sneaky view into the daily lives of Adelaidians.
Turn your gaze inward, and the traditional dining room is decorated with hand painted sliding paper room dividers, known as Shōji Doors.
Detail from the paper screens. Photo: Willunga Wino
Menus and water are brought quickly by yukata-clad waitstaff.
There is a compact range of Japanese beers, covering the major brands, and a wider variety of sake. Beer is always fantastic with the delicate flavours of Japanese cuisine and a bit lighter in alcohol for a work day lunch.
A special Express Lunch menu is available for just $10, but we opt for the larger $19 bento boxes. Vegetarian and vegan options are available in both - which is rare in Japanese restaurants both in Aus and in Japan. Local SA suppliers are used as much as possible.
My dining companion's teriyaki eel box looks lovely.
Teriyaki eel bento box. Photo: Willunga Wino
Authentic red and black laquerware boxes are used for the bento, and match the deluxe chopsticks with stylish stand.
Lovely serving ware. Photo: Willunga Wino
My vegan bento box was similarly impressive.
Clockwise from top left, there was:
- Steamed veg, soy pickles (my favourite!) and seaweed salad;
- A nicely dressed avocado and vermicelli salad;
- Green salad, with fruit for dessert - an authentic touch;
- Rice and plenty of it;
- Pickles, two kinds, daikon and beetroot;
- Tofu with a shiny, soy flavoured clear mushroom sauce.
Vegan bento box $19. Photo: Willunga Wino
There was also a cup of miso soup, the waitress took care to explain to me that the vegetarian miso is made with a kombu and mushroom based stock, instead of fish based dashi.
It was salty and satisfying as a good miso should be.
Vegetarian miso soup. Photo: Willunga Wino
- Veggie Sushi Boat
- Tempura - seasonal veg tempura with green tea salt
- Yu Tofu - steamed tofu & enoki mushrooms served with soy & chilli dipping sauces
- Tofu steak with eggplant and mushroom sauce
- Terrine - made with agar - there's that French influence
- Seasonal salad with French dressing
- Grilled Vegetables with miso sauce
This is all in addition to the $10 express lunch and larger $20 bento.
I must return to try them all!!
I must return to try them all!!
To sweeten the deal, dine at Ginza Miyako at night and you can park for free at Wilson Parking 30 Hindley St. Ask for details when you book.
It must have been fate. I even ended up on their Facebook page the next day!
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Rating : 4 Glasses
Price: $ (especially at lunch time)
Menu: Lunch, dinner, sake bar.
Meal Size: Good sized.
Atmosphere / Ambience: Authentic, calming, beautiful.
Standout Dish: Veg*an Bento Box $19.
Service: Attentive, yukata clad.
Online Booking:Yes or via phone.
Book via Qantas Restaurants for bonus Frerquent Flyer points, plus a free shot of sake.
Restaurant Details and Location:
Level 1, Stamford Plaza Hotel, 150 North Terrace
Tel No: (08) 8221 6147
Opening Hours: Lunch Monday to Friday 12 - 2.30pm. Dinner Monday to Thursday 5 - 10pm Dinner Friday & Saturday 5.30-10.30pm Dinner Sunday 5.30 - 10pm
Access: Train / Tram, free car parking - ask for details.