Mr. Ryu is a Japanese restaurant on Carlisle Street in Balaclava from owner/head chef Seung Yeop Ryu. Seung has lived in Melbourne for 10 years, working in a number of top restaurants.The food at Mr. Ryu is a mixture of traditional Japanese dishes, and creative options which, while Japanese at heart, exhibits subtle flourishes that nod towards Seung’s modern European and Australian training. The version Pork Katsu Sando at Mr. Ryu comes with a thick, juicy crumbed and fried 200g pork loin fillet with wholegrain mustard, kewpie, and tonkatsu sauce. The quality of the pork is undeniably good and we love the fact that the fattier, but juicer loin (rosu) is used rather than fillet (hire). All of the flavours combine between two slices of white Japanese bread perfectly. A particular highlight is the prawn nori taco served with micro greens, tobiko, and spicy thousand island dressing. Also worth trying is the spicy tuna taco with smoked herring roe and micro greens. Both “tacos” are wonderfully delicate, texturally balanced, and full of flavour. For a vegetable delight, try the eggplant dengaku. It’s lightly fried, tempura style with a sweet den miso glaze, and sesame and pine nut crumb. The crunch of the coating gives way to a soft, tender vegetable flesh and again showcases Seung’s mastery of balancing delicate flavours and disparate textures. And of course there’s karaage. The version here is marinated in buttermilk which makes it extremely tender. The coating is light and crispy and the yuzu aoili spot on. If it’s a bowl of ramen you’re after we highly recommend the spicy tan tan men. We loved enoying tan tan men at Usagi in Tokyo, but have struggled to find anyone who serves it in Melbourne. The version at Mr. Ryu contains a creamy, nutty broth filled with sesame chilli, a half soft boiled egg, bamboo shoots, nori, and white fungi. For your protein addition the wagyu beef mince compliments it perfectly. Just be sure to add in some of the chilli powered that comes with the ramen as it’s quite mild without it.
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