Wabi Sabi Garden is an interesting restaurant, found in St Kilda (they also have another branch called Wabi Sabi Salon in Collingwood). I wouldn't describe it as authentic Japanese food, it's definitely more of a Japanese-fusion vibe. I really like the decoration both at the door and inside the restaurant, it really looks like a real Japanese style.
|Japanese Tapas Platter with Oyster Tempura|
|Hiramasa Contemporary Sashimi|
|Soft Shell Crab Tempura|
|Grilled Black Cod in Miso|
|Wagyu Beef Meatballs in Gravy|
The soft shell crab tempura was excellent. The black cod was also done well, but again reminds me of a dish from Nobu restaurant. I'm a bit disappointed with the wagyu meatballs though. While there's nothing wrong with the dish itself, it wasn't really anything special and failed to live up to expectations. Wagyu beef is typically an expensive and less common ingredient, but this dish ended up very plain. My suspicion is that the restaurant uses a lot of wagyu beef to prepare other dishes, and the leftovers/off-cuts are ground up for meatballs. Nothing wrong with the dish, it was still tasty, but it just didn't deliver to my expectations.
|Pear Berry Creme Brulee & Sesame Ice Cream|
The matcha (green tea) latte is a drink that I tried in Japan and instantly fell in love with. I'd rate that cup of macha latte from Kyoto train station as the best hot drink I've ever had in my life. I've always been trying to find a green tea latte that can recreate that flavour, but unfortunately the one at Wabi Sabi isn't it. The pear and berry creme brulee was delicious, as was the sesame ice cream.
In conclusion, I'd recommend this restaurant. It's not cheap, but worth it for a nice meal. Not all the food was perfect, and I wouldn't go for the wagyu meatballs a second time, but overall I'd rate this restaurant highly.