Located along Unley Road, Ginza Japanese Restaurant offers a wide range of Japanese cuisine with a bit of a modern twist. Service was quite efficient as we did not have to wait long for our meals to arrive after we placed our order.
Taking its name from the Japanese word for vinegar (nanbansu), the Chicken Nanban had pieces of fried chicken of a good size. The flesh was quite succulent and the sauce coating the chicken gave the dish the tangy flavour well-deserving of its name (tempered with a hint of sweetness). To balance flavours, a serving of tartare sauce was provided for dipping the chicken pieces in.
Chicken Nanban (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The slices of pork cutlet in their Tonkatsu Pork were of a generous size. The crisp coating set off the flesh perfectly and as expected, the pork came with Japanese mayonnaise and tonkatsu sauce. A refreshing salad complemented the pork with its freshness.
Tonkatsu Pork (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Their Stir Fried Vegetable with Miso was one of the more unique dishes at the restaurant. This dish had a selection of vegetables cooked in a sauce typically used in Dengaku Miso, grilled eggplant with sweet miso. All the vegetables had the right amount of bite to them and the miso paste imparted a subtle savoury taste to them. There were some pieces of corn on the cob in the dish but it was not difficult to separate the kernels from the cob.
Stir Fried Vegetable with Miso (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While the flesh of the Soft Shell Crab Karaage was cooked to perfection, we thought the batter coating could have been crispier to make the dish a bit more enjoyable. Accompanying the crab was what seemed like the sauce normally served with tempura.
Soft Shell Crab Karaage (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Aside from their main menu, Ginza also offers a Yakiniku buffet during dinner time from Sunday to Thursday, where you can choose ingredients from a buffet to cook on a grill at your table. Booking is essential for the Yakiniku buffet.