Meat, smoke and fire: Mr. Miyagi to open pop-up restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD

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Meat, smoke and fire: Mr. Miyagi to open pop-up restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD

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Windsor's Japanese slow-cooked meat restaurant Mr Miyagi will open a pop-up restaurant in Melbourne's CBD on June 30.

Mr. Miyagi has partnered with QT Melbourne to open a six-week pop-up restaurant, Mr. Miyagi In the Big Smoke, offering a specially created menu of succulent meat, smoke and fire with Japanese finesse.

The restaurant pop-up will be located down QT Melbourne’s Hot Sauce Laneway at 8 Portland Lane, Melbourne. Mr. Miyagi In the Big Smoke will open its doors for a six-week pop-up from Thursday to Saturday evenings on June 30 2022.

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QT’s events space, Hot Sauce Laneway, will offer a menu of slow-cooked meats, smoked over Binchōtan, served in a delicate and approachable way. Delectable, smoky flavours will be combined with Japanese ingredients in a menu that’s designed to share. All dishes can be paired with the Japanese-inspired QT beverage list or one of Mr. Miyagi’s Cocky Ts.

The menu includes Mr. M’s take on Smoked Salmon to start, served with a cloud of smoke for tableside theatrics. Larger dishes will include Togorashi Lamb Chop served with edamame and pea smash with shiso dressing, as well as Smoked Sticky Soy Scotch with a smoky glaze, shichimi spice, white ginger and sesame. Japanese Style Rockling Tortilla – housemade nori soft tortilla, yuzu yoghurt, grilled shishito peppers and shiso salt is a true crowd pleaser. Top off the evening with the show-stopping Hickory Smoked Miso Caramel Coal.

“This idea was sparked whilst executive head chef, Kyle Doody was camping on the banks of the Murray and cooking over a searing hot fire pit,” says Mr. Miyagi Founder, Kristian Klein. “The flavour of wood smoke is just as important in this menu as salt. We wanted to integrate some of the amazing flavours that everyone loves about smoky foods with our signature Mr. Miyagi style: chopstick-able, delicate but ultimately, mind-blowingly delicious.”

Complementing the menu concept, and taking elements of smoke, char and embers, QT Melbourne Bar Manager Joshua Hampshire has created a cocktail list using Japanese spirits from House of Suntory and influenced by his travels to Japan. The ‘hero’ cocktail is the Golden Gai, a theatrical and modern twist on a Manhattan. Emitting a sweet smelling haze as it hits the table, diners can expect a mix of flavours including delicate sweetness from chocolate and vermouth, umami from whiskey and bitters and, of course, a smokiness to round it out.

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