Wayside Inn – Did you say Steak?

I love steak and who doesn’t, well… I guess vegetarians don’t. Anyways, I’m always looking for a good place to have some steak but not just any steak, some good steak!

Jenny’s work mates sent myself and Jenny to Wayside Inn for Jenny’s birthday treat. So sweet of them!!! Thank you so much guys!! We loved it and the food was great.

I was so excited to use my new Canon 7D to take photos and I pull out the camera to take a picture of the front before it got dark and I thought to myself it’s a bit lighter than usual. Silly me I forgot to put the battery in. Doh! But didn’t panic because the trusty iPhone4 is always near. And you guessed it, these photos are from the iPhone4 and some of them have been filtered through Instagram (if you guys are an iPhone owner and haven’t joined instagram yet, jump on board coz its awesome! well i think so. While you’re at it checkout my instagram posts)

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We thought the water jugs were great. They came in blue and green and made a gurgling sound when completing the pour. Made me laugh each time.

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For entree we had the Plateau De La Mer which had scallops, oysters, mussels, bugs, clams, prawns, smoked salmon, crab and calamari. Alot ey? Most of the seafood came in threes so it was more of a sharing plate for 3 but that meant more for me and Jen. The oysters were a bit small. The sauces complimented the seafood well, overall it was good but probably not needed as I struggled to finish my steak.

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I love it when restaurants serve bread but the bread needs to be fresh and soft but with a crunchy/soft crust and have good butter to work with it. I found the bread a bit hard and could of done with some time in the oven before they serve it. Sorry that’s how I like my bread.

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Now for the steaks! I got greedy and picked the 500g Rib Eye. All the BBQ steaks are served with a garnish of salad and beranaise sauce. I got mine done medium rare but it came out more medium but I still like it that way. I found the bearnaise sauce too much but then its up to you how much you want with each bite. The steak was cooked well and I enjoyed it but 500g was a bit much after the seafood sharing plate and we also got a side of crispy twice cooked chips. There was quite a bit of fat in the rib-eye so if you don’t like fat, probably stay away from that.

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Jenny ordered the 300g Scotch Fillet which was probably a more sensible size to get with all the extra food we ordered. Because it’s served the same for all the steaks, it’s all up to your preference on cuts. The steaks are good but I found Station Hotel steak in Footscray a little better.

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It’s not cheap to eat at Wayside Inn but the food is not too bad. I can compare this place to Station Hotel in Footscray as the setup, food offerings and setup is quite similar. Being the new kid on the block, they’ve done quite well to establish themselves. The service is great as our waitress knew the menu quite well and they filled our water when running low.

Jenny and I enjoyed ourselves, service was great and the steaks were good so I’m giving Wayside Inn a thumbs up for steak lovers plus its new so it’s good to change the scene.

Location: 446 City Road, South Melbourne VIC 3205
(03) 9682 9119
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Opening Hours:
7 Days a week, 11am til late.

Kinya Japanese Cuisine – Hidden Treasure

Kinya Japanese Cuisine is a hidden treasure away from the hustle and bustle of the city along a quiet dock of the Yarra river in South Wharf. If you don’t know where I’m talking about, it’s just off Lorimer St, South Wharf area on the other side of the Docklands. The food is authentic Japanese Cuisine with a plentiful array of Japanese beer and wine. Their prices are a bit expensive with little on the plate but, aren’t all fancy Japanese restaurants?

Kinya caters for outdoor and indoor seating which may make sense on a beautiful summer night although in Melbourne, that’s a rare occasion. When I went, it was freezing and windy, plus there wasn’t many people around in that area so the outdoor seating area was a bit of a waste.


Their dinner menu is al le carte but I would of appreciated some banquet options.

The waitresses are all dressed in a kimono which made me feel like I was in Japan and they all smiled and were very polite.

The setting, ambience and decor was lovely and the sunken floor dining is a favourite of mine and would love to have that in my own home. They also have a regular seating area with high cushioned chairs (looks cosy) and a private room/area.
I tend to order sashimi as entree, plus I love the way they present the dish.

Also for entree we had some pickled vegetables with some shaved bonito flakes (it moves around like it’s alive). I’ve seen these bonito flakes before on top of some octopus balls and I thought my octopus was still alive. You need to see it to understand. Also some soba noodles which is nothing without its sauce. It was quite nice but I think the soba noodles at Yu-U are better.
It doesn’t look like it but this was the Asali Chawan Mushisteam egg custard with clams and Japanese mushroom. Somewhere buried inside the custard was those cute little mushrooms and clams but the flavour of the custard seemed a little strange to me but I still enjoyed it as I kept on tasting.
My favourite entree was the Salmon Tartar chopped fresh salmon with caviar top on quail egg. Just the name of the dish makes my mouth water. It was gorgeously plated up and a teaspoon of the salmon and quail egg just melts in your mouth.

Another dish that my partner and I seem to order is scampi. I just love the meat of the scampi and this dish was topped with a mushroom mornay sauce which complemented the scampi well. I could eat scampi all day.I can’t get enough of eel and I totally love the way the Japanese prepare the eel and the sweet sauce they dress it with which just brings out the best of the eel.

The Golden Fish – Grilled marinated snow fish with chef’s special miso (Kinya’s signature dish, a must try). Honestly I can’t remember what it tasted like but looking at the picture it looked very delicate, lightly seasoned and I would of most likely gobbled it up in 2 bites 🙂
Ikiyakigrilled squid, garnished with daikon, spring onion with mayonaise and pauzu sauce. The mayonaise and pauzu sauce complimented well with the grilled squid. I really enjoyed this dish and the scampi.

We opted for the Dessert Platter Combination of 3 types of desserts.. We chose the Vanilla Panacotta, Creme Brulee and the Banana Tempura. My eyes are always greedy so I wanted to taste everything but it served me right as I was really disappointed in the desserts. They were flavourless and very tiny for a large price. In my opinion, you’re better off without dessert but if you must, I suggest you go for the ice-cream option.

Kinya a bit pricey but the food speaks for itself and stays true to its descriptions on the menu. I can say that Kinya’s food is similar to that of Shoya but I still rate Shoya higher in food quality and presentation. Kinya is hidden but is a beautiful scene for a romantic dinner or a wonderful celebration as the food is authentic, well crafted and you get service with a smile. Honestly, the only reason I found out about Kinya was through Spreets group buy site but I’m glad I came across it even though we ended up spending double the discount price but it was all worth it and I wouldn’t mind eating there again but not any time soon.

Location:64A River Esp, Docklands VIC 3008, (03) 9646 2400
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www.kinya.com.au