For starters we ordered the deluxe platter of sushi and sashimi and the beef kushi-yako - grilled beef skewers.
|Ginza Deluxe Platter: $63|
|Beef Kushi-Yako: $12 for 2|
These were a bit of a let down. Although the flavour was there the beef was kind of tough and chewy. They were an average size for skewers, although if I'm paying $6 for one skewer I would expect it to be more than spring onions and beef.
|Vegetarian Tempura: $19|
As an avid fan of tempura, this one didn't really make the cut. Although it was presented prettily and there was quite an assortment of vegetables on there - eggplant, corn, asparagus, sweet potato, capsicum, seaweed and lettuce - the batter let it down. It wasn't as light and crispy as it should have been so it kind of weighed down on the vegetables.
|Ishiyaki Eel Bibimbap: $25|
Unfortunately I didn't get to try any of the eel, but comments were that it was very good. There was also a lot of rice given, which was good since we didn't order any other rice, and it had soaked up all the delicious sauce. After we finished most of the rice, we deliberately left some rice in there for it to burn since the stone bowl was still super hot. It's a Chinese thing, I think, where you eat the burnt parts of the rice. The rice becomes crunchy and has a smoky flavour to it. Don't let it go completely charcoal though, that won't taste very nice.
|Ginger Pork: $19|
|Wagyu Beef Sukiyaki|
|Mushrooms, cabbage, tofu, carrots, spinach, udon noodles|
All in all we really enjoyed the food at Ginza. There were six of us and we were all extremely full after everything was gone. Unfortunately the restaurant itself wasn't as spectacular. The service was adequate - quite slow in the beginning but quickened towards the end of the meal. However, the smoke from the buffet barbecue had escaped from the backroom and filled up the entire fine dining area. What was worse was that we were sitting towards the back of the restaurant so the air surrounding us was even more smoky. By the time we left the restaurant the smoke had stuck to our clothes and hair, which wasn't really a pleasant reminder.