Mr. Miyagi has partnered with QT Melbourne to open a six-week pop-up restaurant, Mr. Miyagi In the Big Smoke, featuring a specially curated menu of succulent meat, smoke and fire with Japanese finesse.
The restaurant pop-up will be located in QT Melbourne’s Hot Sauce Lane at 8 Portland Lane, Melbourne. Mr. Miyagi In the Big Smoke will open for a six-week pop-up Thursday through Saturday nights on June 30, 2022.
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QT’s event space, Hot Sauce Laneway, will feature a menu of slow-cooked, Binchōtan-smoked meats served in a delicate and approachable manner. Delicious, smoky flavors will be combined with Japanese ingredients in a menu designed to be shared. All dishes can be accompanied by QT’s Japanese-inspired drink list or one of Mr. Miyagi’s Cocky Ts.
The menu features Mr. M’s smoked salmon to start, served with a cloud of smoke for tableside drama. Larger dishes will include a Togorashi lamb chop served with mashed edamame and peas with shiso vinaigrette, as well as a smoked sticky soy scotch with smoked glaze, shichimi spices, white ginger and sesame. Japanese-style Tortilla Rockling – homemade soft nori tortilla, yuzu yogurt, roasted shishito peppers and shiso salt is a real crowd pleaser. End the evening with the breathtaking Hickory Smoked Miso Caramel Coal.
“This idea was born while Executive Chef Kyle Doody was camping on the banks of the Murray and cooking over a hot fire pit,” Mr. Miyagi founder Kristian Klein said. “The flavor of wood smoke is just as important in this menu as the salt. We wanted to incorporate some of the amazing flavors that everyone loves in smoked foods with our signature Mr. Miyagi style: capable of chopsticks, delicate yet ultimately, mind-blowingly delicious.
Complementing the menu concept and taking elements of smoke, coal and embers, QT Melbourne Bar manager Joshua Hampshire created a cocktail list using Japanese spirits from House of Suntory and influenced by his travels in Japan. The “hero” cocktail is the Golden Gai, a theatrical and modern version of a Manhattan. Emitting a fragrant mist as it hits the table, diners can expect a blend of flavors, including the delicate sweetness of chocolate and vermouth, the umami of whiskey and bitters and, of course, a smoke to top it all off.