Melbourne

Wabi Sabi (Collingwood)

June 23, 2015

“The Japanese view of life embraced a simple aesthetic
that grew stronger as inessentials were eliminated
and trimmed away.” -Tadao Ando

As you enter Wabi-Sabi, the indoor wooden hut slates make you feel as if you just walked into a small Japanese garden. The sake is warm, the food cooked and plated with that delicate Japanese care that is so rarely found in dining experiences. When such care is experienced, dismantling the meal feels almost wicked. Almost.
Wabi Sabi offers an array of Japanese food and during the day, a sushi counter serves interesting and fresh rolls, including sweet potato for those with a preference to live without meat.

We stopped by for a quick meal after work, and to add a layer of sake to protect against the chill-bone winds that howled outside.
To start;

Jpegtwo sweet, thick, succulent slabs of pork belly, wedged between a soft bao, with hints of pickle and juicy chilli mayo. I could eat these forever.

To follow;

JpegAgadashi tofu; This sweet, concoction of lightly fried tofu and softly caramelised eggplant went down nicely and offset the large fall-off-the-bone slow cooked lamb in plum sauce.

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The slow cooked lamb was a daily special etched onto the blackboard and being a bit of a sucker for slow cooked meat, it definitely did not disappoint. A slight lift of the protruding bone caused the tender flesh to seductively fall away. The plum sauce penetrated the lamb and we gleefully soaked up the jus with brown rice.
Wabi Sabi has an extensive drinks list and is ideal for a shared meal or for celebrating those special occasions. The service is pleasant yet professional, with the waiter keenly recommending the right sake to warm our bellies.
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