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Food adventure @ Kenzan, GPO

I’ve lost track of the number of times I have been asked the question, “Have you tried the soft shell crab sushi rolls at Kenzan?” but it’s happened on several occasions. And by a different person each time. After being asked the same question for the umpteenth time, I decided I needed to get myself some of this supposedly superb Kenzan sushi. On the day I went, Chugasm’s lunch break came at around the same time so I was spared from the experience of dining alone. 

From afar, I could spot their sushi rolls. What I couldn’t spot until I was right up close at the counter was their menu… Suddenly, my mind wandered from the sushi option and onto their other options… 

Busy busy. There were no spots for two when we arrived and we had to stand around for a few minutes before getting the end of a table. Come early to beat the lunch rush or be prepared to wait/get takeaway. 

Miso soup and soft shell crab sushi roll.

In the end I was enticed by the other options and didn’t get the sushi roll. But chugasm did. I think like everyone else, he enjoyed the sushi roll. It looks like I will have to come back. 

Mmmm miso soup. 

Sashimi main. 

Chugasm mentioned that the sashimi pieces tasted very fresh. 

Tempura moriawase.

The tempura tasted no better but no worse than the typical tempura dish from any good ol’ Japanese restaurant. The batter was quite light and fluffy. Underneath the fried-ness, the prawn and veggies tasted surprisingly juicy and fresh. The flavours from the broth were similar to a less saltier version of soy sauce and coupled with the “light” tempura, the combination went perfectly with the rice. I would happily order this again… and maybe try to fit in the soft shell crab sushi. Anyone want to go halvies? 

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Kenzan @ GPO

350 Bourke St,

Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.

(03) 9663 7767