Inkerman Street, St Kilda isn't our usual stamping ground, but we were with a group that included family members, and went to Machi. I now know that this neighbourhood includes Mr Wolf and the Newmarket Hotel, (both in Good Food Guide) so perhaps the area might be deserving of closer attention in the future.
Machi gets mixed reviews on Urbanspoon (of course, it's not alone in that regard) and doesn't make it into the current Good Food Guide. There's a bit of a Western edge to the Japanese menu (slow cooked lamb shoulder?). As one review puts it, it has "a menu that includes traditional Japanese dishes and imaginative mod Oz creations". But the Japanese side shone through in other ways, as everything was attractively presented and the service was certainly attentive.
We shared everything and so were able to have quite a range of dishes, but in particular we loved the prawn tempura. The miso baked barramundi was good too, and there were good reports about everything on the seafood platter. As for the desert platter......!
But no, it wasn't the cheapest night out we've ever had - but this was partly because we like to have some wine, and the wines on the list (and other drink prices) are a bit on the pricey side (we weren't there on Tuesday, when apparently you can BYO).