For anyone that has travelled to Japan before, you will understand the fervour that you acquire for the food and culture, and the unwavering appetite and despair that you feel after your return home. While there are a few places in Melbourne to satiate to a certain extent, the fresh sashimi and sushi cravings you begin to have, there’s no where quite like Japan. With just the mere mention of the words “just like in Japan”, I know many people who will be scrambling and demanding for the name and address.
So I have been coming to Shira Nui or over a decade now from when my dad first took the family here for lunch on the weekend. Shira Nui is hidden along the busy Springvale Road in Glen Waverley and often overlooked by those not in the know but highly rated by locals. I consider Shira Nui to be the best Japanese restaurant in the area and still haven’t come across anything better. They have previously had one hats on and off during the past years but they are always in The Age Good Food guide. They offer an a la carte menu but the best thing about Shira Nui is their ‘omakase’ menu in which you basically leave your meal in the hands of the very capable chef, Hiro Nishikura. They will feed you with a variety of nigiri until you are stuffed and wave the white flag – or just tell them you’ve had enough.