Saturday night, booking in hand, the Marito and some friends and I headed to the recently opened Tramsheds re-development. It’s well designed with a good variety of venues at various price points, where you could easily find yourself going regularly. There’s also a large supermarket, a nail bar, a barber and a bottle shop. Some of the restaurants such as Fish & Co do takeaway, so you can sit in the casual eating area if you prefer this, as well as an area with pop ups that changes very frequently.
We headed for the modern Japanese eatery Osaka Trading Co which we all really enjoyed and would happily go to back to. Service was friendly, if a little distracted given how busy they were, and we were pretty impressed with how a teeny kitchen churned out the food.
A refreshing cocktail and some edamame to start, and we were off.
Our first dish was a special that night, prawn katsu, rather than the traditional pork katsu. Made with minced prawn, this was so delicious with crispy fresh lettuce and a mayonnaise. We were tempted to order another round of it but we knew we had a lot more food coming.
Loved the grilled Hokkaido scallops, served with sweet soy onion butter, a beautiful velvety sauce.
The tempura zucchini flowers were the right amount of crispy but I wasn’t a big fan of the fish mousse inside
The octopus, while tasty, was unfortunately a little chewy. The little cubes crisp potato were very morish.
Also on the specials board that night was Hapuka fillet with buckwheat, shio koji (salted rice malt) and sorrel. This was lovely, the fish was so delicate, and it would make a great individual main if you preferred that to sharing.
The heirloom tomato salad came with yuzu kosho which is like a citrus chilli pepper and gave it a good kick.
Last was wagyu tri-tip with Japone sauce which was so tender and so juicy. Beautifully cooked.
The dessert menu was short, three desserts or so, but we opted to head over to Messina for a gelato, which was doing a roaring trade.
Osaka also have a banquet menu available for $50 per person.
We will certainly be back at Tramsheds (in fact we have already since this first visit, and the Small People have their eye on The Butcher and The Farmer for their birthday dinner), the thoughtful mix of venues and regularly changing pop ups ensures there is likely something to tempt everyone.
Osaka Trading Co, Ph +61 2 8880 0717