I had gone to Shira Nui previously and enjoying the food. Upon hearing from Elegantgourmand from the comments of this post that Shira Nui did an affordable lunch special, I just had to visit again. So I went there for lunch with my friend John.
I booked a table becuase Shira Nui is very popular, and I'm so glad I booked since they were totally full. We were seated and immediately asked for drinks. We opted for green tea and that was brought over in quick time. I ordered the Sushi and Maki Lunch Speical while John got the BBQ Beef Lunch Speical. I must have a Shira Nui Photo Curse put on me because everytime I have been there, I forget my camera. I had even brought it to work, but left it in my bag. Anyway, I whipped out my ever present mobile phone camera and snapped this photo.
The lunch specials come with Miso soup, very nice miso soup. We also got the usual free condiments, which this time included some noodles with cheese, I got eggplant and John got pickled radish and some green leafy pickled vegetable. My lunch special also came with a delicious Mushi. It was so smooth and tasty with the light soy sauce. The sushi and maki itself was fantastic. The sushi was ultra fresh, with each fish type having their own texture and flavour. There was a light dab of wasabi under each piece of fish. The maki rolls were good too, with the vegetable one to my liking even. The tamagoyaki was surprisingly good too. Usually the egg is way too sweet and taste rather plastic, but this one actually tasted good.
The lunch specials are good value I think. My special was $17.50 while John's BBQ beef one which came with a bowl of steamed rice was $15. We finished off lunch with the Green Tea Creme Brulee that I had last time and loved. It was just as good this time, and I love cracking the toffee shell (who's watched Amelie?). It's such a shame that while I worked right near the restaurant for a few years, I was afraid to go for lunch because I thought it would be expensive. Then just as I find out that its good value, our company will be moving away next week. Isn't life just ironic?
Overall Rating: 15/20, Lunch special good value for money. Service good as usual.
Scores: 1-9: Unacceptable, don't bother. 10-11: Just OK,some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Truly excellent. 18: An outstanding experience. 19-20: Approaching perfection, Victoria's best.