34 Jackson Street
It’s been a while since I’ve been back to Orita’s. I remember being quite taken by the pigeon on my first encounter years ago, but on subsequent visits it never was quite as good as the first. Nevertheless given I drive by Orita’s almost every other night and its proximity, we decided to drop by for dinner and I was surprised to discover how full it was for a weekday night.
A delicate pot of hot green tea.
To start, we were presented with a creamy potato salad on a prawn cracker.
Edamame was hot.
Miso Soup ($6)
Deep Fried Tofu in a Light Batter & Canola Oil served with Shiitake & Abalone Mushroom Sauce ($15)
Still bubbling at our table, an entirely gelatinous coating around the white tofu, with thin mushroom slivers in a starchy sauce.
Cold fresh slivers of tuna and rich silky salmon.
Japanese Garlic Fried Rice ($13)
Fragrant with garlic and butter, I personally thought it smelt better than it tasted. It’s a matter of personal taste but with fried rice, I like my rice to be whole complete grains with a bite, like the one I had at Lau’s Family Kitchen recently. This one was softer, which could be due to the Japanese rice grain used.
Premium Rib Eye Steak ($33)
Gorgeously pink within, a perfect medium rare - beautifully tender succulent and smoky. A divine juicy rib eye topped with crisp garlic crumbs. Accompanied with creamy velvety mash and sweet pumpkin puree.
Just like most of the other Toorak Village offerings, Orita’s have built up its own following and for good reason. They call it fusion, but the menu is a little dated. Expect quality Japanese fare in a slightly refined setting.