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Yoshiya Japanese Restaurant first opened their doors to Perth diners in 1987, since that time thousands of people have darkened the doorstep of the little premises at 107 Pier Street - the majority of them, like me, being return customers.
I first dined here on the occasion of my younger brothers 30th birthday, he celebrated his 50th birthday last year and I have since lost count of the number of times I have dined at this wonderful restaurant, nor can I remember that number of times I wished to myself that I had been there, rather than somewhere somewhat inferior - it is that kind of place.
When owner operators Francis and Sherry Lim first opened their restaurant, it was known as the Hayashi Japanese Restaurant. The business was very good to them and in 1995 they opened a second restaurant by the same name in Applecross. I was privileged to have been present for the opening night of the Applecross restaurant and the memories of beautiful food and meeting some great people are still vivid. Sometime after however, the couple sold off the Applecross store and when they did, the new owners kept the name of Hayashi, hence the name change at Pier Street.
As they say "call a rose by any other name and it will still smell like a rose", and never a truer word could be said of Yoshiya Japanese Restaurant. The food I enjoyed there on Saturday night with my wife was just as exciting and just as delicious as that first meal I enjoyed here in 1991.
It has become a standard order for our entrée to include a serve of Niku-Tataki ($15.00); the thin slices of very rare beef are so succulent and tender, once marinated at the table in a soy vinegar sauce which you have added minced ginger, garlic, spring onion and daikon radish is unbelievable. In more cases than not, this is accompanied by a large Mixed Sashimi ($35.00. David the Sashimi Chef, is a master at his craft and the food he prepares always looks fantastic, tastes even better.
I love the Mixed Sashimi, slices of Tuna, Kingfish, Salmon and Snapper with a little wasabi for spice and daikon for texture, and I believe my wife when she says she could live on nothing else but this food! As Yoshiya is a BYO restaurant, I was able to enjoy a Windy Creek Chardonnay with my meal, it went so well with the sashimi, and I was wishing we had taken a taxi so I could have opened a second bottle.
There are so many choices on the Yoshiya menu, but when it comes to the main course, my wife always orders the same thing. It has become her all time favourite of any meal she has had and I cannot now get her to go without her Yaki-Niku ($27.00). Yaki-Niku is another beef dish, this time marinated beef tenderloin fillet which is char-grilled to perfection and comes with a spicy flavoured dipping sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds. The first time she experienced this meal, I experienced what Billy Crystal did sitting opposite Meg Ryan in "When Harry met Sally" - it was one of those blissful moments for her, as when you feel you have died and gone to heaven.
I ordered Sakana Shioyaki ($27.00) char grilled snapper, only to be told they were out of snapper, so Sherry offered to do the dish with salmon instead. I was not disappointed, it was wonderful and cooked to perfection. Both main meals are served with steamed rice and fresh salad.
What's it all cost? Entrees at Yoshiya range from $6.00 a single serve to $35.00 for large share plates, with main meals ranging from $18.00 to $35.00 and there are a couple of desserts on offer at around $7.00. You also have a choice of 2 set menus which can be ordered for a table or for a single person; the first menu includes BBQ Prawns, BBQ Salmon, BBQ Scallop, Teriyaki chicken, and a marinated cubed beef dish - this comes with Miso Soup, Rice, Salad, Dessert and Japanese Tea or coffee, great value at $60.00 per person. The second menu includes Sashimi, Tempura Seafood and Vegetables, Teriyaki Chicken and Yaki Niku, and this also comes with Miso Soup, Rice, Salad, Dessert and Japanese Tea or coffee for $50.00 per person also great value and the food is awesome
BYO Yoshiya is one of the few remaining establishments with Bring Your Own drinks.
BYO applies to wine and beer only, corkage is charged @ $3.00 per bottle of wine, 0.50 cents per beer.
How good is it?
I introduced a few friends to this restaurant last year, they enjoyed their entrees and mains so much, when asked what they would like for dessert they ordered what they had just had over again. Knowing how good the food is at Yoshiya, I can understand why.