I just can’t get enough of Japanese food, and it seems the residents of Smith Street feel the same way.

Across the road from Peko Peko and sandwiched between the excellent Wabi Sabi Salon and yet-to-be-reviewed Tokushima is the cute Wood Spoon Kitchen. I was convinced to eat at this restaurant after the excellent rating given to it by Fat Feminist Foodie.

Wood Spoon Smith St Collingwood Melbourne Hot or Not review

Wood Spoon Smith St Collingwood Melbourne Hot or Not review

The space is not overtly Japanese, with touches accenting the brick walls in the form of framed washi prints and old travel posters. The huge wooden communal tables are very on-trend and lend a casualness to the dining experience.

In her review, Fat Feminist Foodie raved about the agedashi tofu and said ‘If you eat one thing this year, make it this!‘. So, to start, a bowl of lightly fried silken tofu with a dark soy broth ($8.90), which isn’t what I’d normally expect with this dish as in my experience it comes with a light broth and flying bonito flakes. Nevertheless, this version was a very good example of agedashi tofu.

Wood Spoon Smith St Collingwood Melbourne Hot or Not review

We also tried the neat line-up of gyoza ($10.50) which were nothing too special and I found the wrapping a little thick.

Wood Spoon Smith St Collingwood Melbourne Hot or Not review

If you’re hungry, I highly recommend the Onigiri Set which comes with three adorable triangular rice balls of varying flavours, a small bowl of edamame and picked vegetables on the side ($16.50). From the list of ten options I selected Gomoku (Japanese style chicken with 5 vegetables including lotus and beancurd), the Ebi-Salad (prawn with minced onion, Japanese and black pepper) and sweet potato with black sesame and sweet soy, and I’d recommend them in that order.

Wood Spoon Smith St Collingwood Melbourne Hot or Not review

Not realising the groan-worthy sizing of the Onigiri Set, we had also ordered a sukiyaki beef and tofu ($16.90) and a small bowl of rice ($3.20). Wood Spoon Kitchen‘s version of this classic dish was home-cooked deliciousness – lots of tender meat, gently cooked sweet onion slices and cubes of flavoursome tofu, far removed from the bland blocks you buy at the supermarket.

Wood Spoon Smith St Collingwood Melbourne Hot or Not review

The service was a bit scatty on the Friday night that we ate there, but the food was so good and reasonably priced that I would definitely return for more.

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