Ayame Article Lead - narrow
Ayame Article Lead - narrow 

237 Glenferrie Rd Malvern, VIC 3144

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Opening hours Mon Closed, Tue - Sun 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Features BYO, Wheelchair access, Bar, Gluten-free options, Vegetarian friendly, Accepts bookings, Licensed, Romance-first date, Events
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Chef Lin Zhang
Seats 50
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 9500 9424

With its cool, grey tones and uncluttered, typically Japanese decor, Ayame seems comfortable in its own skin. It's a fact affirmed by locals who file through its doors for platters of sushi and sashimi - available in entree and main servings - that might include salmon, tuna and kingfish, or crisp, light tempura of prawns and vegetables lifted by a tomato, basil and pinenut sauce. Kingfish also stars in tataki form, as does beef in the gyu-niku tataki, the thinly sliced seared beef making firm friends with the soy, sesame and garlic dressing. A bowl of delicate agedashidofu comes topped with a nicely contrasting crunch of soft-shell crab, which sums up Ayame well: mainly traditional fare, executed well. Smiling staff will ensure you don't over-order - handy if you want desserts that might include black-sesame icecream. If you can't decide on one of the four sweet options, the moriawase for two people allows you a taste of them all.