Out to bridge the gap between quickly-scoffed lunchtime sushi and expensive Japanese fare, best mates Edward Teh and Jason Tan launched Fremantle restaurant The Modern Eatery in 2014. Specialising in aburi sushi — that is, where the fish is partially scorched and partially raw — the Japanese-inspired haunt has since become a WA favourite, loved for its clever flavour pairings and dishes that are almost too pretty to eat.
Having also added a Mount Lawley restaurant to the family, the boys now have their sights set on Melbourne, with the first east coast edition of The Modern Eatery now open in Richmond.
The two-level, 90-seat Swan Street space has been designed by Studio Equator (who've previously lent their talents to Chalawan and Glamp), and its interiors offer a relaxed rendition of their signature Japanese sleekness.
From the open sushi bar, diners can expect a similar food offering to the one winning fans out west, from classic uramaki rolls and melt-in-your-mouth sashimi and nigiri through to a range of hot dishes and oshi (or compressed sushi). Meanwhile, a line-up of 'craft' rolls is more like edible art than anything else, featuring creations like the Chasing Sunset with garlic mayo, spring onion, and tiny sweet potato fries atop a mix of salmon, cucumber and egg, and the green leaf roll, which rocks a combo of deep fried zucchini, cream cheese and a lotus chip.
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