Youki’s Japanese Tapas Bar – Phillip Island

Monsieur and I went to Melbourne for the launch of Jetlag Stories Australie’s book last June. Just couple of hours before the flight to Melbourne, we organised a trip to Phillip Island… and as every trip involves its share of culinary experience, we decided on giving a go at Youki’s Japanese Tapas Bar, after reading many recommendations on tripadvisor.

Youki's Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island
Youki’s Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island

We were given a complimentary amuse bouche made of glass noodles which Monsieur and I found lovely though a bit intriguing for him since these glass noodles were served cold.

Youki's Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island - Complimentary Amuse Bouche
Youki’s Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island – Complimentary Amuse Bouche

We started with grilled scallops which were great taste wise, though the scallops were tough from being overcooked.

Youki's Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island - Hotate, grilled scallops served on their shell with konbu sauce AUD 9.5
Youki’s Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island – Hotate, grilled scallops served on their shell with konbu sauce AUD 9.5

The seared sashimi tuna is a dish to try, the tuna was an absolute delight. I loved the meatiness of the yellow fin tuna! The seaweed underneath was great.

Youki's Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island - Zuke Tuna, seared sashimi tuna AUD 12
Youki’s Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island – Zuke Tuna, seared sashimi tuna AUD 12

The beef tataki was good, but when it reached our table, the tataki was still frozen… and so the beef slices were as tough as if they had just been sliced! Bit of a shame considering the price tag.

Youki's Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island - Beef Tataki AUD 16.5
Youki’s Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island – Beef Tataki AUD 16.5

The loveliest dish of all, astonishingly, was the cheapest one we ordered. Pumpkin pieces were sweet and starchy melt in your mouth goodness, chicken mince with light soy stock brought the dish some texture… And I could easily have had another bowl!

Youki's Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island - Kabocha-Ni-Ankake pumpkin pieces cooked in light sweet soy stock topped with chicken mince AUD 8.5
Youki’s Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island – Kabocha-Ni-Ankake pumpkin pieces cooked in light sweet soy stock topped with chicken mince AUD 8.5

The grilled squid, unfortunately, was a complete let down. It was the toughest squid I had ever had in my whole life due to the fact it was overcooked. When we proceed to the cashier and were asked how everything went, I said we were happy with all the dishes except for that one. The squid was completely inedible. The owner (I think) went on explaining us that this was meant to be that way, tough. I thought I’d check it on the internet and unfortunately, did not find anything as squid being eaten tough (I should say fortunately really…)

Youki's Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island - Ika Yaki grilled squid with ginger and radish AUD 12
Youki’s Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island – Ika Yaki grilled squid with ginger and radish AUD 12

Because the squid was a complete disappointment, and we didn’t want to end up dinner on a bad note, we ordered another plate of sashimi at AUD25.

Youki's Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island - sashimi platter AUD 25
Youki’s Japanese Tapas Restaurant in Phillip Island – sashimi platter AUD 25

The sashimi was lovely… and the morale of the story is that if you decide to head to Youki’s, go for something raw rather than any cooked seafood! Bill came down to AUD 91.5 (I had a glass of Umeshu) and though the service was lovely, chances for us to go back to Youki’s if we happen to be on Phillip Island in the future are thin… mostly due to the fact we were explained that tough squid was normal…!

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