Setting: lunch for two
425 Springvale Road, Forest Hill VIC 3131
There are a lot of things going for this place. For one, the service is friendly and welcoming. I’d also give points to the interior decor, which I found tastefully Japanese.
But it’s hard to find a proper Japanese restaurant in the suburbs (other than Shira Nui), and I’m not quite sure if this is it. I’m hoping they just had an off day; perhaps the chef was a little unwell or I was just there at the wrong time. Whatever the case, I couldn’t help but feel a little underwhelmed. I can’t say that I had a bad experience at Nishikian, but I would struggle with recommending it in the form that I saw it.
Scallop sashimi ($10) – presentation was a little off.
“Fresh” oysters ($15) – bland.
Nasu dengaku (eggplant) – certainly the highlight; strong flavours and perfectly cooked.
Agedashi tofu ($7) – something was missing.
Mochi – another highlight.
Green tea, vanilla, and taro ice cream
All photography by Frankey Chung using his Sony RX100M3 and edited in Lightroom.