Intro:The Japanese equivalent to Movida minus the hefty crowds- Tapas is king
Details: Horoki. 19 Liverpool St (laneway off upper Bourke Street), Melbourne (03) 9663 2227
Surroundings: L shaped bar gives full view of the kitchen where you can watch the skilled chefs prepare your delectable’s or group tables are available underneath soft ambient light allowing yourself to exhale after a hell of a day.
Entrées:Pan Seared Salmon Sushi - was perfect with the right amount of wasabi served on a delicate bed of rice all made in front of your eyes.
Fried chicken wings filled with a gyoza (Seasoned pork mince) mix: This dish made me yell! (In delight) Where the hell did this dish come from? I really do feel for my tastebuds for waiting so long- sorry guys.. Anywho, back to the dish. It was amazing. The best way I’d describe it is imagine a traditional Gyoza Dumpling but encased with a mouth watering, juicy, well seasoned and marinated fried chicken wing.
I ate this thing to the bone or did I end up eating that too?!……..
Mains:BBQ Lamb cutlet: two generous quality cutlets pan fried in all their goodness and lightly treated in BBQ sauce served on a fresh bed of melt in yo mouth mashed potato. I’ll keep it nice and simple. Crispy. Juicy. Finished it and nearly licked the plate within 3 minutes. Oh, and I forgot to offer some to my friend who was looking at me in disgust.
Roasted octopus in garlic butter: wow.. presented very impressively, totally did not expect it. Each bit of octopus was positioned in its own little pod bathed in a rich buttery and garlic concoction. If you’re like me who would start devouring this straightaway- don’t. It’s like molten lava. I’d recommend dipping the bread in the sauce until the cool down occurs.
Dessert:Green Tea Icecream: definitely tasted homemade with bits of green tea leaves present. The right blend of bitterness and sweetness teamed up resulting in one of the best green tea ice-creams I’ve had in Melbourne.
Bring a date here? Would make a great first date
Night out with friends here? Yes, but book.
Service: Courteous and friendly.
$$$: Bill came to 55 for two- excellent value.
Food Rehab Verdict: Sent me to food rehab (book this place now! Wowzer) – Greenlight
This place just kept on coming out with the goodies. It felt like Christmas with Santa pulling out all stops to fulfill my every food desire. I don’t think he’ll be back to visit me in December though..