We started off with some cocktails / mocktails and Noah and Steve had wine. Shoya offer set lunches starting at $28 - $38. They also do an omakase (chef's tasting menu) for $65. For a one hat restaurant I thought this was good budget way of trying what it has to offer. Charlotte, Emma and I opted for the Matsu set, Steve and Ling and Ume and I can't remember the name of what Noah had.
The set lunches all start off the same and we were all given chawan mushi which is a savoury egg custard and it had mushrooms and a little bit of prawn. It tasted like miso soup and was topped with a single soya bean. It was smooth and silky and I enjoyed it but then I like custard and egg and mushrooms and prawn. I guess for some people the turn off would be the gelatinous texture. We also all had a small portion of spinach and sesame salad. Noah's lunch included some chilled tofu which isn't my kinda thing but he and Ling seemed to enjoy it.
Next up was some sashimi - tuna and two types of white fish with a little bit of scallop on a frozen orange. The fish was really fresh and the cuts nice and thick. Emma had her first taste of real sashimi and she seemed to manage so maybe she'll develop a taste for it eventually.
The courses then started differentiating themselves. Charlotte, Emma and I enjoyed a shitake and quails egg tempura and a scallop and crab fritter thing both being light and crispy and tasty with little greasiness as can happen. Steve, Ling and Noah had tempura prawns and vegetables and the verdict was that it was good tempura.
Charlotte, Emma and I then had 4 pieces of sushi each which was delicious and the wasabi wasn't overpowering. Ling and Steve had some grilled eel which Steve says was tasty. Noah had some grilled white fish and a bowl of udon soup noodles.
And still the food kept coming. For the three Matsu girls we were treated to some Wagyu cubes of beef in a truffle sauce with enoki mushrooms on some creamy potatoes and some fried rice. Ling and Steve had some beef teriyaki.
We finished with green tea ice cream and Steve had vanilla. The ice cream was flavoursome as some green tea ice cream can taste of very little and this had good tea like flavour to it but it wasn't as smooth as it could have been.
All in all for the quality and quantity of food, can't fault Shoya. I'd love to return for lunch!