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On the quieter end of the city on King St (although some may say that the ‘quiet’ will depend on the time of day, or rather, night), comes a newcomer that is already luring in quite a few customers. I was recently extended the invitation to visit the Japanese fusion restaurant, and would like to thank Taketori, staff and Annie for the invitation.
The abundance of black and red hues added a vibrant oriental feel, while features such as the tatami mat seating area and sushi bar were firmly Japanese. The bamboo on the feature wall and behind the sushi bar, as well as the hand-painted cherry blossom lanterns, were particularly eye-catching.
Lucky salmon - combinations of salmon sashimi, nigiri and maki.
Themacarondiaries and I started our meal with the Lucky salmon - a plate comprised of, yep, you guessed it, all things salmon. While I don’t mind salmon, I’m not the biggest fan. But this plate may have just changed my mind… I cannot emphasize enough how fresh-tasting the salmon was; the fine quality was evident in both the taste and texture of these expertly-sliced pieces from first bite to last. The only way that the salmon could have been any fresher was if it had been just fished out of the sea!
Crazy maki - with salmon, avocado, tempura crab, cucumber, snow shoots and spicy sauce.
Going by the appearance, it’s not hard to see where the ‘crazy’ comes from. When the dish was first placed on our table, both themacarondiaries and myself started to drool; the aroma from all the fried bits was just sensational. On top of the sushi rolls came a jungle of tempura batter, chopped spring onion and kewpie mayo. This topping definitely formed the wow factor for the dish. Spicy sauce, not very spicy. The green snow shoots weren’t just there for decoration - the freshness and crunch balanced out with the heavier batter perfectly.
Beef Sirloin Teriyaki - grilled sirloin, with teriyaki sauce.
While the meat was quite cooked (to well done I believe), the texture was surprisingly not too chewy. And some bites were even tender! The grilled flavouring of the sirloin sauce paired well with the sweeter teriyaki sauce.
To the folks who work around the King St area: Taketori has quite an extensive, and no doubt tasty, lunch menu. To the Etihad Stadium visitors: if you’re hungry after a match and not in the mood for fast food, why not take a short, 5 minute stroll to King St for a Japanese feast? And if you’re a fan of Japanese food, Taketori won’t disappoint!
As part of their grand opening special, Taketori is offering a special 20% off the total bill promotion that will run until the end of this month.
Disclosure: While themacarondiaries and I dined as guests of Taketori, the opinions expressed in this post are based entirely on my experience and observations made during the time of my visit.
Taketori Fusion Japanese
225 King St,
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.
(03) 9983 8152