The cluckaholics were told about Mr. Miyagi’s from a couple of good friends and has been on the cluck list for a while now. We finally managed to tee up a time to try out another Melbourne Fried Chicken contender labelled as MFC (Miyagi’s Fried Chicken)
Mr Miyagi is Chapel street’s response to Asian fusion style restaurants like Chin Chin and Miss Chu. Its style can be categorized as modern Japanese. The place is funky and stylish with more tapas size servings. It also boasts a modern bar atmosphere with its fancy cocktails and fun stylish artsy decorations.
We arrived and immediately ordered drinks plus a few starters to get us going while we waited for our comrades. The starters were a serve of Edamame with dehydrated shiso salt, spicy pickles (kim chi) and some sweet potato crisps accompanied with an eggplant dip which sat well with all of us.
The Chick ordered a Hello Kitty Sour (Lychee and Vodka) drink which was topped with egg white and served in a funky glass. Not too sour, but a tasty beverage.
For our mains we went for two orders of the 6 piece MFC (Miyagi Fried Chicken), Black Pig Gyoza, and mushroom skewers. The mushrooms were juicy and full of good flavours. The black pig gyoza had a more meaty texture than typical gyozas which we all enjoyed. The Chick beat back the competition and claimed the fifth black pig on the plate.
The MFC came in a take away container for extra character and consisted of 6 small wingettes and drummettes. It was cooked fresh, hot and steamy but wasn’t spiced at all, bummer! MFC came with a side of japanese style mayo which did a bit more flavour but certainly made the chicken heavier and a touch sweet. The serve was on the smallish side which didn’t sit well with the Cluckmaster.
We still felt hungry so we went for a large order of Nigri and Sashimi combo which was more shashimi than sushi (only 3 on rice). But overall was good and the Japanese kingfish was very fresh – the only one that gave the Chick flashbacks to Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.
We finished off the night by ordering Miyagi’s apple pie made with granny and fuji apples, nashi pear and creme fraiche ice cream and the Kabocha pumpkin toast which was a white chocolate and pumpkin ganache, honeycomb, yoghurt sorbet and pumpkin ice cream. Both desserts were really good especially the Kabocha pumpkin toast which offered a tantalizing array of rich pumpkin flavors. The Chick was in heaven with the flavors of autumn dessert that reminds her of Thanksgiving.
Overall, Mr. Miyagi’s is a cool joint to hang out at however it’s chicken is not the best in Melbourne by our standards. It is worth it if your an in the area and are feeling a funky atmosphere. Having said that we still think that there are better options in that hood that can provide a crispier, and most importantly, spicier experience. You can find them on our Wall Of Clucks.
Hollywood’s Rating: 5/10 Clucks
The Chick’s Rating: 6.5/10 Clucks