One of my favourite places for a special but affordable meal is at Gyspy & Pig. Big Fil took me some time ago (see his review July 2012) and I've loved it ever since. It's classy Japanese that's perfect for something that gives a sense of occasion that you don't get from a run-of-the-mill sushi and bento box places but it's not so formal and over-priced that you couldn't go here more often than just for extra special occasions.
What I also like about G&P is that the food has been consistently above average each time I've been here. For a girly gossip session, I took Mrs H, Ms W and Ms H to G&P.
We all had difficulty deciding what to order as each of us had several dishes that were tempting us. Mrs H got the katsu curry- a lovely light, crunchy crumbed loin of pork w Japanese curry sauce and rice. It came with a trio of side dishes and a serve of miso soup.
I forgot to note down what Ms H ordered but I think it was the ton katsu - deep fried strips of pork loin.
Ms W and I both got the shoga-yaki - pork strips marinated in soy and ginger. It also came with the same trio of sides, rice, a mound of finely grated radish and miso soup. Great flavour in the pork, tender and a nice amount of fat to add that delectable juiciness to the pork.
Food – 8.5
Service – 7
Ambience – 7.5
Price – 8
Love the place. It's small but intimate. Quality through and through. I love the fresh pots and bottles of complex and very tasty dressings and condiments that's on each table which you add to your salads and rice.
Gypsy & Pig
Shop 3, 391 Little Lonsdale St
Telephone: 9640 0731