Popular Japanese wagyu-don eatery OMI has opened a new restaurant in Chadstone. OMI a sleek new addition to the casual dining precinct in Chadstones Shopping Centre that was launched last week.

With a sophisticated interior by EAT Architects and consulting chef, Japanese Iron Chef Ikuei Arakane, known as Kin San, is working his menu magic, as OMI has established itself as a must visit destination for hungry shoppers.

Chadstones new atrium dining precinct shows the changing face of shopping center food courts. The three stories high glass dome ceiling gives a sense of decadence and luxury. Gone are the orange plastic seats and soggy chips of the past and in its place are quality restaurants serving delicious food.

Featuring a stand out, new all-star Udon menu, OMI serves curated dishes with balanced tastes, textures and a delicate use of umami, especially in dishes such Salted Egg Karaage and Teriyaki Salmon.

Another stand out is the Rice Bowl. The wagyu beef in this Japanese staple has a delicious smokiness which is carried through the rice by toasted sesame seeds. The beef melts in the mouth. There is an initial sweet sesame flavour that is balanced out well when the traditional Onsen egg topper is stirred through (this is a traditional Japanese egg originally cooked in a hot spring: in the restaurant, its sous vide at 60 degrees leaving the outside just set and the yoke creamy). The edamame and pickle in this dish give texture and freshness.
Also on offer is the signature wagyu Laksa Udon. There is a hint of fusion in this dish and it feels almost like a pasta with a scrumptious creamy laksa sauce over al dente udon noodles. There is just enough spice in the dish to give it a soft kick and the smokiness of the beefis paired well with the rich sauce. Little bursts of heat from the fresh chilli and pops of freshness from fresh cucumber keep things interesting on the palate.
There is real attention to detail in the cooking with everything on your plate serving a purpose (mind the pun). Prices may be a little higher than most rice bowl food court takeways, but the quality of the ingredients and the friendly welcoming service make it worth the extra dollar or two.

Open seven days a week to cater to the lunch, dinner and late-night crowds, OMIs liquor menu will consist of sake, wine and beer, as well as non-alcoholic options of Genmaicha and Yuzu. Everything from the Wagyu to the Crme Brle is torched to order, with the added bonus of the theatrical brle station making the cooking process an exciting visual display sure to entice diners in.

Launched in 2017 and developed by award winning business entrepreneur Ven Chin, OMI is making waves for its innovative Japanese-fusion food concept, with diners at its current stores, The Glen and Doncaster enjoying everything from the traditional wagyu bowl to truffle fries.

Chadstone Shopping Centre

Shop FB183, 1341 Dandenong Road Chadstone VIC 3148


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