A cultural immersion at the Art Book Fair at the NGV left Benny and me in the mood for a proper sit-down lunch (ie not the food court) but we didn’t want to spend too much. Although there are heaps of eateries in the Southbank precinct, it was also getting very late for lunch and options were becoming more limited as the lunchtime services were coming to a close.
Miyako has a reputation for being expensive, but a quick study of the menu displayed by the door showed that with careful planning (namely, go for lunch rather than dinner) it is definitely possible to dine there for a reasonable price. Plus if you manage to score one of the tables by the window – as we did by lunching very late – your meal will come with a spectacular view over the river.
Baby octopus with sansho pepper and soy sauce kushi
The best suggestion for the hungry and budget conscious: look to either the “sets” or the bento boxes. These are great value for money as they give you a number of separate dishes that will make up a very substantial meal. An added bonus for those unfamiliar with Japanese food is that these options will also ensure that the flavours of the different dishes complement each other, giving a great introduction to Japanese cuisine.