Merry Christmas everyone! I should have some seasonal posts coming up, but no promises. Back to today’s post, Samurai looks like your standard minimal style Japanese restaurant from the outside, with plenty of natural light to make the small space bright and welcoming.

Most people go for the $16 set menu here at Samurai, since that gives you the most value for money, and my friend and I decided to get a set each, and share everything.

Miso Soup

The murky soup were placed in front of me in no time after we ordered, the soup was pretty standard, but I did like the pieces of tofu that are not visible in the photo, due to the cloudy miso.

Osuimono Soup

My friend went for the Osuimono soup, a clear broth with mushrooms, seaweed, and tofu. The soup was a lot lighter, and quite refreshing.

Green Tea Milkshake

The milkshake was $1 extra for the set, but I had to see what the hype was all about. Like everyone before me has said, it’s pretty much green tea ice cream in a cup, as it melts, it becomes easier to sip on.


The takoyaki were piping hot, however, there was barely any boniko flakes, which I guess was made up with the ample amount of sauce. There were some small pieces of octopus in the takoyaki, and they were very satisfying.

California Rolls

I was surprised to see the shredded carrots in these – clearly didn’t read the menu properly – which I didn’t get them a go. My friend did say that it was your average California roll, but it was very fresh.

Spider Roll

The spider roll had lettuce, cucumber and soft shell crab inside, however, there was mostly batter for the soft shell crab. The rice had a great texture though, and just the right amount of vinegar.

Crumbed Prawn Roll

The prawn rolls were inside out, and only had crumbed prawn inside, the prawn were juicy and tender, and the sesame seeds added a nice nutty flavour.

Is Samurai amazing? Not in my opinion. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with the food, but at the same time, they are around the same quality as things you would order in a food court. It is clearly very popular though, with a line outside waiting when we finished.

How to get there:
Samurai is located on Glenferrie Road, 5 mins down the road from Glenferrie Station.

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