A short walk from Chapel Street, adjacent to Prahran Market.PROFILED BY DE GROOTS MEDIA
Gaijin is a stylish new restaurant that offers something a little different to lovers of Japanese food. Chef Toar Christopher, who comes with experience from many Japanese restaurants in the United States, specialises in Japanese fusion, giving a contemporary edge to this traditional cuisine. The restaurant has a similarly modern ambience, with flowing curtains dividing the small dining area of bright yellow furnishings and simple decor. Starters include the likes of “special salmon salad”, “big bang” and “dynamite” – baked chopped scallop with egg, masago and Christopher’s signature special sauce – but it is the unique sushi rolls that are the main attraction here.
Sharing is the best way to enjoy the varied flavours of the sushi menu, including the “spider vs dragon roll”, “prawn coconut crunch” (filled with fried shredded coconut and topped with prawns) and the “rainbow roll”; a colourful mix of fresh fish, avocado and sushi rice with a crab meat filling. There are also several don, tempura and udon dishes available such as chicken katsu, ebi tempura combo and “coconut crunch special salmon salad don”. The food is original and innovative with fresh, interesting flavours and all dishes are reasonably priced, well-sized and beautifully presented. The relaxed surrounds and friendly, helpful staff also help to make dining here a pleasurable experience.