Miyao Sushi is a quaint little store just off the corner of Woodville Road and Port Road. I’ve driven past this place many times and I remember the name of this place by the sound that a cat makes. Parking can be an issue with only 3 spaces shared between 2 shops, but a majority of their lunchtime clientele seem to be workers from the nearby hospital. The decor is basic and well presented, with the low hanging light fittings being the only real point of interest. The store itself specialises in Japanese and Korean cuisine. Sushi seems to be their best seller but they also have a selection of bento boxes, udon noodles, ramen, sashimi, bibimbap, salads and other small snacks.
For lunch, I ordered the Beef Bibimbap. The service here was quick, as the meal was ready 5 minutes after ordering. The meal was nicely presented and came with a bowl of miso soup. The beef was lean, tender and well marinated, however, there wasn’t much of it. The vegetables were fresh and crisp, with the cucumber, carrot and bean sprouts providing a nice crunchy texture. The gochujang sauce (a Korean condiment made from red chilli, glutinous rice, fermented soy beans and salt) I added gave the dish more balance and made it less dry. The rice was nicely cooked with firm individual grains, however, there was just too much of it. I’d say about 75% of the dish was rice which was out of proportion with the other ingredients. This place also makes you pay extra if you want a sunny side up egg on your bibimbap. Everywhere else I have been for bibimbap includes it in the cost.
The staff were friendly and the service was fast and efficient. The atmosphere was relaxed, even with the all the traffic on the main road. The pricing was fair with my bibimbap costing me $9.50. The cost of their food starts from $2.80 for a sushi roll, all the way to $14.90 for the spicy kim chi, pork and tofu stew.
Verdict: It might be hard to visit this place if you don’t work nearby. The bibimbap was good however they were a bit skimpy on the main ingredients and the dish really needed the egg.
WHERE: 43 Woodville Rd, Woodville South