Misaki, in Padbury, is turning out very good quality Japanese food for the Northern suburbs. The charming dining room is airy and light, with attractive furnishings. The welcoming and friendly waiters add to its allure.
The menu covers the gamut of what you would expect in a Japanese restaurant in Perth – with sushi, sashimi, ramen, teriyaki, sets and much more – and the prices represent good value, too.
Starting with a couple of entrées – the first, salmon sushi – rice cooked to retain a little al dente bite, the salmon succulent and juicy.
Grilled mackerel was particularly enjoyable – simply grilled it had a wonderful oily texture and came with a cheek of lemon to squeeze over.
Miso soup is a standby of all Japanese dining places and this was smoky and salty and earthy – spot on.
Chicken katsu curry, the first of the mains, presented crisply fried breadcrumbed chicken, moist and tender in a curry sauce – Japanese curry has a particular flavour and aroma a world away from Indian or Thai or Malay –thicker and with a touch of sweetness – and this one was on point – savoury, aromatic and creamy.
One of their most popular sets was next – goyza dumplings with spicy Tonkotsu ramen; the fried dumplings encasing seasoned, minced pork; the creamy pork broth with a mildly spicy flavour, added meat and vegetables, and the noodles slippery, slurpy and chewy – very good.
A very popular spot and always a good crowd testifies to the quality and value of the food, and the service at Misaki. Definitely worth a visit.