Wagyu Ya, South Yarra


Saturdays are the days for food hopping and who better to explore the Melbourne food scenes then with the food hopping crew. Miss Pear was the appointed organiser for the night and she was craving for some Japanese char grill, so Wagyu Ya here we come. Wagyu Ya is located on the busy streets of Toorak Road in South Yarra right across the train station. There were heaps of parking around so don’t fret about where to park your motorised vehicle. 

The eatery itself isn’t spacious and I kept getting bumped into by the wait staff. They had the tables quite close to each other which I wasn’t a fan of. You could hear the next table’s conversation which meant it was clearly too close to each other. Anywho, we had a booking at 7:30PM but the table wasn’t ready until 7:40PM. That was rather disappointing that they weren’t able to have a table ready by the reservation time. We were finally shown to our table and took a looksie at the menu.


Miss Candy got herself miso soup and she smashed it. She thought it was awesome sauce that she didn’t even share.

Miso Soup – $3.90


Since there was a few of us girlies and Mr D, we got the large assorted sashimi and this was beautifully presented. The colours, the freshness, just everything looked appetizing. Recommend you guys to get this is you enjoy your sashimi.

Assorted Sashimi Plate (L size) – $36


Miss Pear was craving some raw wagyu beef and thus the wagyu yukke appeared. Mixing in the egg yolk, this was AMAZEBALL. If you’re one of the people that’s like “oh my gosh, cannot deal with raw meat”, bite the bullet and try this dish. You’ll definitely fall in love with raw beef.

Wagyu Yukke – $18
Baked almond slice on a bed of marinated raw wagyu beef with egg yolk


I had my first taste of eggplant with miso soup at the beginning of the year and when the opportunity arose for eggplant, I took it with both hands. The miso soup had a smooth and light flavour but the eggplant was a tad on the harder side then what I preferred.

Nasu Misoyaki – $12
Eggplant with miso soup


If you turn up to a place where it has char grill in their name, you’ve gotta have the BBQ. We got a range of meats and some were better than others.


Finally, for Miss Cute Height she really wanted maki rolls because she wasn’t adventurous enough for the Wagyu Yukke. She chose the vanilla of the maki’s, the california maki. This was pretty delish and she was very pleased with her choice.

California Maki – $14 (whole roll)
Cucumber, avocado and salmon


Now, if you have had karate training and mastered the art of concentration, you’ve reached the level of unagi as Ross from Friends once said (or somewhat along those lines). On the other side of the world, unagi is grilled eel (well everywhere around the world to be exact) and we got the maki roll with unagi. You could really taste the unagi but I felt that something was missing though.

Unagi Avocado Maki Roll – $15 (whole roll)
Unagi, avocado and cucumber


Wagyu Ya gets quite busy so if you want to check out the eatery, remember to make a reservation (although they might not even have the table ready when they say they would). The food, there were hits and misses but overall pretty decent. Sorry Wagyu Ya but I’ll have to try other Japanese places before I come back here.

Wagyu Ya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

156 Toorak Road,South Yarra,VIC 3141
Tel: (03) 8592 4696
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