Fo0die dined as a guest of Ohsho and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Despite the address reading Hawthorn East, the venue is on the border of Hawthorn East and Camberwell. The venue itself is located just opposite Rivoli Cinemas, along a strip of shops on Camberwell Road which is not too far from Camberwell train station and is close to (or even possibly a part of) the Camberwell Shopping Precinct.
We parked our car at the Camberwell Shopping Precinct which has no limit on a public holiday (please read the signs; we got caught out once parking in this car park and had to pay a fine which rendered the discount we received on the Groupon to nil haha).
Having opened since end of April 2018 (the venue was only 5 months old when we dined. Yep… this is a bit of a late blog!), we were excited to try what the venue’s website describes as ‘traditional Japanese cuisine with a distinctive Australian twist’.
On entry, the door is on the right side of the venue. Entering the venue, the counter is on the right with dining tables on the left and around the counter. The venue is narrow but has a good depth to it with the kitchen at the far right corner.
The space is filled with wooden tables, chairs and shelves framed with dark grey walls, hanging lights fixtures and spotlights which light up the venue.
The menu has a good selection of appetisers, a variety of sushi types (e.g. temaki (corn shape hand rolls), nigiri, hosomaki (thin roll)), entrees, salads, mains and desserts. The venue is licensed and offers BYO (charged at $7 per bottle) as well as their own drinks menu with a nice variety of wines/sparkling as well as Japanese beer, plum wine and sake. And for those who prefer tea, the venue offers Japanese green tea and rice tea served as a pot.
I always enjoy a plum wine at Japanese restaurants but this by far is the largest cup I have ever received and with very little ice (I’m all for it!).
Starting with appetisers and entree, the grilled oysters had a strong citrus sauce with a creamy mayo. Mr J totally approved of the decently sized oyster which was cooked perfectly.
The gyoza had a juicy chicken filling which was wrapped with a nice thin dumpling skin. Our preference is thin dumpling skin so this was perfect for us.
The beautifully presented sushi sashimi platter is something we recommend getting if you visit. The board contained a mix of tuna and salmon sashimi, slightly seared scallops, nigiri and maki rolls topped with panko crumbs. Each item on the black board was fresh and even when we ate the items naturally without soy sauce, the seafood had its own natural flavour.
We then moved to our two mains. The black cod miso was perfectly cooked with a subtle miso flavour to it while the seafood yaki udon had the largest mussels we have ever seen, prawns and squid in quite a saucey yaki udon.
We finished the night off with the green tea cheesecake which came with a choice of ice cream (matcha or black sesame). This came with two small slices which was perfect for sharing.
Japanese is one of our favourite cuisines but more often than not, many of the Japanese restaurants are okay but not amazing. Our verdict is, Ohsho is better than okay and we were amazed by the appetiser, entree and sushi sashimi platter we had. And while the mains were also fresh and perfectly cooked, the plating/presentation of the dish was less ‘wow’ (I mean we eat with our eyes as well right?). We personally plan to visit again with family (which will be a good test of consistency given it will be closer to a year of operation for the venue).
Dishes that make up this review
- Choya umeshu ($8.50)
- Grilled oysters; fresh oysters baked with citrus dressing and mayonnaise ($8 for two pieces)
- Gyoza; pan fried chicken and vegetable dumplings ($12 for 6 pieces)
- Deluxe sushi sashimi platter ($46 for 2)
- Black cod miso; grilled miso marinated black cod fillet served with seasonal vegetables and glazed with black miso ($35)
- Yaki udon; seafood with assorted vegetables with special yakiniku sauce ($25)
- Green tea cheese cake with ice cream ($13)