Ayame is a semi fine dining Modern Japanese restaurant situated in the busy Glenferrie Road, Malvern.
The location is very convenient and you have the option to use public transport (Tram 16) or your private vehicle where plenty of on street car parks available.
We’re glad to be invited by Ayame’s team to taste and experience their specialty.
We had a booking on the weekend around 6.30 PM; When we came, the restaurant wasn’t still too busy but we could see many reservation sign on top of table.
Not long after we came and read the drink menu, suddenly the place was full pack of customers. It was a busy weekend between 7 – 9 PM.
This Japanese restaurant is quite spacious, clean and neat; They can easily customise the table set up for couple, small/big groups.
The customer staffs were very attentive and friendly;
Loved the atmosphere and vibe of this restaurant, it was very cosy!
We didn’t order any food cause the kitchen team has already prepared the food for us;
We’re suggested by the customer staff to order their signature Ayame Umeshu Shots Platter.
This Ayame Umeshu Shots Platter is designed for those who are new to plum wine or who are unable to decide.
- Yuzu Ume Plum Wine – ABV (Alcohol by volume) 15.0%
Enjoy the refreshing cirus flavor of Yuzu and rich mellow sweet taste of fully ripened Kishy Nanko Plums.
It is an explosive burst of pure Japanese fruits flavor.
- Choya Mutenka Plum Wine – ABV (Alcohol by volume) 14.0%
No added artificial flavour, colouring nor preservatives. It’s a real plum wine.
- Choya Classic Herb (Shiso) – ABV (Alcohol by volume) 15.0%
Japanese Standard Choya Umeshu with real plum fuits in a bottle. Using 100% Japanese plum fruits and shisho herb.
Best as a aperitif before the meal or a desert after the meal.
- Choya Kokuto Umeshu – ABV (Alcohol by volume) 14.0%
Blend Japanese Ume fruit with brown sugar, black rum & black vinegar to make its taste rich, sweet & even a bit smoky.
- Choya Uji Green Tea Umeshu
Blend 100% plum & Kyoto Uji’s premium green tea leaves together with refreshing fragrance,
light soft touch on your palate & smooth long semi dry finish.
They’re absolutely stunning and recommended to order their shots platter if you’re not driving! LOL
Our first dish was the Ayame Special Platter (nigiri, sashimi, miso prawn, mini special rolls) – $60.00. Sushi / Sashimi is a MUST when you’re visiting Japanese restaurant!
– Mini special roll (fresh salmon, avocado, cucumber, mayo, sweet miso, tempura flakes)
– Salmon & Tuna Sashimi
– Salmon & Tuna roll
– Aburi Salmon roll
Loved the presentation and the spreads of these fresh Sashimi (Salmon, Scallop and Tuna) and sushi rolls.
The portion was very generous and it’s totally worth it if you share food with your family or friends.
The aburi salmon was perfectly made and had the smokey smell.
Scallop was amazing with the light touch of yuzu sauce which worked really well.
After having sushi and sashimi feast, we continued our sharing dishes with Nasu Dangaku (Twice cooked eggplant with dark miso and wonton crisps) and Purple sweet potato croquette with tonkatsu sauce.
The Nasu Dangaku was well presented drizzled with dark miso and wonton crisps on the top.
The eggplant was perfectly cooked, it was very smooth and soft.
Often you would find the eggplant dish either little bit plain taste inside or bit greasy, this one is completely different.
Rich flavours immersed inside the eggplant and it wasn’t oily at all; They totally nailed this dish.
The croquette was also yummy and delicious. It was perfectly deep fried and crisp from the outside.
Inside, the filling was red bean. The good thing bout this this was the natural sweet came from the sweet potato and the filling wasn’t too sweet.
The croquette drizzled with tonkatsu sauce on top to add extra flavour.
From our opinion, it’s not necessary to add extra flavour using tonkatsu sauce because the croquette was very delicious and tasty by itself.
It’s still a really good dish for you to try when you’re visiting Ayame.
For them main, we had Ayame eye fillet steak and Sesame yuzu salmon.
The Ayame eye fillet steak served seasonal vegetables, miso-mayonnaise and spring onion.
The steak was well cooked and seasoned covered with a smokey miso mayonnaise.
The meat was very tender, juicy and well cooked in medium-rare.
The taste was very rich and flavourful!
Sesame yuzu salmon with zucchini noodle slad, sesame and alfafa sprouts.
The salmon was generously served and perfectly grilled.
All components compliment each other which made this dish very delicious.
Finally, We had black sesame ice cream and Green Tea Cheese Cake for our desert to accomplish our tonight food trip.
Both of them were stunning!!! Though we’re so full, we couldn’t leave our desert behind cause it was YUMMY!
The ice cream was creamy but not too sweet!
Overall, we had an absolutely amazing night to have food experience in Ayame, Malvern.
Certainly, it’s one of the best and decent Japanese restaurants we’ve ever been.
Note: We’d like to say thank you to Lux Foundry’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: Ayame Special Platter, Nasu Dangaku, Purple sweet potato croquette with tonkatsu sauce, Ayame eye fillet steak, Sesame yuzu salmon, Black sesame ice cream and Green Tea Cheese Cake
Location: 237 Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Melbourne
Phone: 03 8657 8595