Katori is a fine dining Japanese restaurant in Melbourne located in luxury boutique hotel The Chen in Box Hill. It’s a newly opened classy and authentic Japanese restaurant run by notable chefs, formerly of Nobu and Saké, Kengo Hiromatsu Executive Head Chef and Yasuo Matsuike Head Chef. We’re so honored to be invited in the grand opening night dinner.
The restaurant look and feel is very intimate and classy perfect for a date or special occasion with family or your special someone. Vibe and atmosphere were cosy and comfortable; The customer service was friendly and attentive.
The Sashimi, Oyster and Prawn Ponzu were beautifully presented.
They’re served fresh, high quality and amazing taste.
The Oyster served in the classic scallop shell mixed with the flavourful and rich sauce to mitigate the fishy smell coming from oyster.
If you can’t stand the fishy smell from seafood, no worries; you’ll be alright with this oyster.
Prawn Ponzu, the taste of ponzu sauce didn’t overpower the natural flavour of the prawn and the sauce we were not too sure what’s inside of it but it was so fresh with a hint of sour taste as well; The entree would never disappoint you!
We tried the Umami Snapper; Nicely presented with the generous portion of snapper.
The snapper was perfectly cooked;
We loved the clear broth, it was tasty and flavourful.
One of the highlights was the Wagyu Meatball. It was perfectly deep fried and not greasy.
They were crunchy from outside, tender and soft from the inside.
This meetball had rich flavour and balance taste.
The presentation was simple but classy with the extra gold powder to complement the overall jet black look of the meatballs.
Definitely one of our favorites.
BBQ grill is installed on each of Katori dining table and everyone was exciting for the yakiniku – Japanese charcoal BBQ.
On that night, the high quality beef selections from chef were Oyster Blade 9+, Mayura Sirloin and Chuck Roll 9+.
They were just fantastic and amazing; Katori served only high quality and premium standard beefs.
It took 10-15 seconds for us to cook the beef and dipped with our favorite Yuzu Sauce. The beef was juicy and tender, melted straight away inside your mouth.
One of the best Japanese Yakiniku restaurants we’ve even been.
It was a busy night and totally understandable that we’re skipped on Foie Gras Hot Stone dish.
This dish was served later after we had BBQ. Foie Gras was perfectly grilled.
It was classy, simple and had an absolutely amazing taste and very aromatic!
Simple yet so delicious.
Finally, our Japanese degustation at Katori Japanese ended with the desserts: Coffee, Water Cake and Strawberry accompanied by the matching alcohol/non-alcohol drinks.
Not only the great food, Katori also did great job in making creative and vibrant cocktails and mocktails.
Our most favourite one was the coffee desserts! Jeff was so bias cause he is a coffee lover; but most of the guests will try their water desserts due to its very instagrammable look.
Honestly, they were all amazing! Presentations are on point and tastes are great.
We were in food coma that night and just so so satisfied with the whole Katori course that night.
Definitely will come back for more and it is very recommended!
Note: We’d like to say thank you to @hellomishchief (Michelle) and Katori’s team for having us.
Disclaimer: Honest opinions expressed here are purely on our own and are based on our experience at that time.
Yay: Prawn Ponzu, Wagyu Meatball, Foie Gras Hot Stone, yakiniku – Japanese charcoal BBQ, desserts (Coffee, Water Cake and Strawberry)
Location: 850 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill, Melbourne
Phone: 03 9898 8826
Website: Katori, Box Hill