I can't count the number of times I've been told to try the omakase menu at Shira Nui, Glen Waverley. As a huge fan of Japanese food (I daresay Japanese is my favourite cuisine of all time), I can't believe I've only left it till now.
To be on the safe side, we booked about a week in advance for two seats at the sushi bar. For $88, we were served ten of the chef's selections.
We were led to our seats in the corner and given some rules to follow - do not remove the plate from the countertop, eat the sushi in one bite, listen out for instructions on whether to dip in soy sauce, eat the gari (pickled ginger) only in between courses as a palate cleanser. It was a rather interesting feeling being told what to do!
From left to right, top to bottom, we had dory, salmon, mackerel, beef, ark shell, tuna, swordfish, kingfish belly and grilled oyster. As we watched the chef prepare the food with his masterful knife skills, his helpful assistant dished up the sushi periodically with a simple 'soy sauce please' or 'no soy sauce please'.
Each mouthful was a burst of amazingness (is that even a word?). My favourites were the torched salmon and torched swordfish, which just melted in my mouth. I love that the seasonings and marinades worked perfectly to enhance, and not to overpower the flavours of the main ingredient. I really liked the grilled oysters as well, and its freshness shone through the thick layer of mayonnaise. The only downside was that I was so full at that point, that I didn't enjoy it as much as I could have if it was served, say, as the fourth or fifth dish.
We finished off with a refreshing serve of lemon sorbet, and that ended our omakase experience. To be honest, I thought I was going to be disappointed after all the hype, but I'm happy that I was proven wrong. It may sound a little expensive, but do keep in mind that you will be tasting meticulously prepared ingredients of fine quality. I would definitely recommend this experience if you are a sushi / sashimi lover!