Chicken tsukune and unagiClick on those skewers and you can see the chef at the front grilling them to order. The tsukune meatballs are dainty, marinated in a sweet yakitori sauce. The unagi is also tasty, though the little bones are a little unpleasant sliding down the throat.
Chicken drumstick with gyoza filling ($5)The chicken drum is crispy and crunchy on the outside, with a hearty, plump pork gyoza encased within. Drumstick inception? Damn right.
Fried mackeral ($7.50)
The fried mackeral is accompanied by two sauces – a thick sweet sauce and a huge dollop of creamy tartare. With a crisp, crumbly batter over thin slices of fish, it reminds us of fish and chips by the beach.
Fried crab claw balls ($5.50)
We ordered this one purely out of curiosity, neither of us having tried anything remotely like this before. They were absolutely huge – a crunchy outer casing gave way to a generous mound of piping hot shredded crab meat within. This was all, of course, wrapped around a crab claw which acted as somewhat of a toothpick/fork. Accompanied by both a sweet chilli sauce and kewpie mayo, it was both hearty and tasty, and we struggled to finish the last one.
Beef udon ($11)
The udon noodles were heartwarming – swimming in a sweet, flavoursome broth, the bouncy and thick udon noodles were accompanied by lashings of thinly sliced beef and spring onion on top. For $11 it was quite and the other larger dishes are similarly priced.
Maedaya is utterly charming – and with perfect service, sake tastings, and great, reasonably-priced food to boot, it’s not hard to see why.Maedaya 398 Bridge Road Richmond VIC