With Italian, Mexican and Thai cuisine all within an easy stroll of each other, the Graceville dining scene is now complete with the addition of 'Miku' a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant now open on Honour Ave.
As parents of young children will know, dining out usually occurs between the child friendly hours of 5:00pm and 7:00pm so it is great to see a Japanese restaurant open for business from 5:00pm.
So it was at 5:00pm my family arrived at Miku to be promptly seated and served. We chose to sit outside so my daughter could watch the trains (Graceville station is a handy walk across the road), although the inside décor is inviting with cosy bench seating and a semi-open kitchen for those who like to watch their food being prepared.
The menu is vast and a little over whelming. I suppose I am used to eating at sushi trains where I can visually pick my food, so when being provided with a menu listing every sushi, sashimi and roll the kitchen makes, I found it all a little too bothersome.
In the end I decided to go with the teriyaki chicken salad ($8.50) as I knew I would be polishing off whatever my daughter didn't finish (a dangerous habit), as well as an entrée of Japanese croquettes($6.50).
After much toing and froing from the vast collection of fusion rolls my husband ordered the salmon lover's roll ($15.50 for 8 large pieces) and my daughter had the kid's bento box ($.9.50) which included a drink and miso soup.
After watching the 5:20pm train depart for Eagle Farm our food arrived and my food envy kicked in.
My salad was tasty and fresh and great value for $8.50 but it was no match for my husband's salmon rolls or for that matter, my daughter's bento box.
The salmon rolls were expertly prepared and true to Japanese cooking philosophy, the emphasis was on the ingredients- fresh and full of quality. My husband's only issue was with the amount of sauce in the roll which he thought was a little heavy handed.
The bento box had my daughter entranced. Never had she seen so much colour and variety on a plate. With tuna rolls, croquettes, vege sticks and baby rolls, it is exceptional value for $9.50 and with the exception of chicken karaage (deep fried chicken) it is a healthy choice.
As a handy, suburban Japanese restaurant, Miku will definitely see us again for good quality Japanese cuisine at a very reasonable price.