I’ve loved seeing the palate of the Small People develop over time. With lots of exposure, and gentle encouragement, they have gotten more adventurous with their food. While at home they usually like me to dish up the same Italian rustic favourites, when we eat out they enjoy all sorts of new flavours. Chicken liver pate? That was interesting, mum. Confit of duck, roast quail? Yes please. And where a visit to Japanese once meant them ordering steamed rice and perhaps chicken karaage, now it’s miso tofu and kingfish with a ponzu dressing, and I’m lucky if they leave me a sliver of beef tataki.
So here we are at Toshiya on the busy Military Road strip, and I watch them planning to order at least half the menu; at the moment their legs seem hollow and the hunger is perpetual. It’s a fairly standard family friendly neighbourhood Japanese, with bouts of inventiveness on the specials menu. I watch other youngsters battling their parents for the last piece of salmon sushi. The service is efficient, the prices reasonable and the produce fresh. The highlight for me was the straight up sashimi, excellent quality; the lowlight duck dumplings, which didn’t taste at all like duck and were a bit meh. The calamari was also very tasty. A few pictures of some of what we ordered below.
Toshiya, 283 Military Road, Cremorne, Ph 02 8969 6989