There’s something pretty special about being able to walk in to a top-notch restaurant and order food that’s not even on the menu, but if you know what to ask for, that’s exactly what you can do at Wabi Sabi Garden.
The Japanese gem has an extensive menu of finger lickin’ dishes, but it’s what’s not on the menu that’s got us excited.
Wabi Sabi Garden in St Kilda makes a ramen dish that’s so sought after, that you won’t find them on the menu; you’ll have to ask for it specifically.
This might seem like it would make a list of extremely Melbourne things, but when you take a squiz at the pain staking time and effort that goes into it, it’s easy to see why it’s treated like liquid gold.
Wabi Sabi Garden takes 12 hours to make its creamy chicken broth (the first and original chicken broth ramen in Melbourne). House-made miso is then added to the broth, along with kale and rocket. The result is a healthy, light, but creamy dish with a perfect hint of spice.
While you’re there and in the mood for no-where-else dishes, you need to nab yourself some sushi, but not as you know it.
Wabi Sabi Garden dishes up mushroom Takikomi rice rolls. Takikomi is a traditional Japanese way of cooking rice, which uses dashi instead of water. Wabi Sabi Garden cleverly uses a lightly flavoured mushroom dashi, which is high in nutrition and something the no-one else in Melbourne is serving. Sushi rolls come at us!
For something equally unique, but slightly more indulgent, you need to check out Wabi Sabi Garden’s drool-worthy Japanese burgers. Think everything from wagyu beef to karaage chicken teriyaki or panko pork tonkatsu, all served in fluffy brioche buns.
Go forth and treat yo’ self to secret, off-the-menu goodness!
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