Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Korean
Location: Victoria Park
I happened to be in Vic Park and decided to take a stroll to check out what’s new and stumbled upon a few new places. One was Twisted Chopsticks which looked intriguing so I walked in and had a look at the menu. I was instantly captured when I saw they serve okonomiyaki, a savoury Japanese pancake which I absolutely loved when I was in Japan. Unfortunately, I have yet to see this wonderful creation on Japanese menus. I decided to order this and another dish for take away. The interior is very large and casual. They serve alcohol and also have an early bird special with 20% off certain dishes if you dine in between 5-6pm. They only opened in September so if you’re walking by, check in and see what they have.
Okonomiyaki – Japanese savoury pancake with pork $12
Noting that the order was take away and both dishes wouldn’t have been at their premium, the okonomiyaki represented excellent flavour which was representative to that I ate in Japan. The Japan version differs from region to region. I ate a version in Hiroshima that was done with cabbage and noodles with bacon, whereas this version omits the noodles but uses thinly sliced pork. The pancake is soft and gooey with the melted cheese and sweet sensation from the unmistakable BBQ sauce. The pork is really tender and it’s a decent size and pretty filling. And this is simply an entree.
Angry Duck – Thai style stir fried boneless duck in aromatic sauce with lots of herbs, chillies, and spices $24
The Angry duck was tasty though a little inconsistent in terms of tenderness – some pieces were super juicy, others a little dry. The duck carries a punchy chilli kick and has a strong intense flavour which is representative of Thai flavours as per the menu description. The dish comes with a serve of salad and plain steamed rice which is much welcome to provide relief from the chilli and intense flavour. It’s bold and out there and I like a restaurant that chooses to put itself out there.
Twisted Chopsticks Food Review Summary
Verdict: Newly opened in September, Twisted Chopsticks offers dishes of an Asian influence, mainly from Japan and Korea. They serve alcohol and have early bird specials. I got a take away order of okonomiyaki, a savoury Japanese pancake, and angry duck which appears one of their signature dishes. The Japanese pancake is light, soft and moist, slightly gooey with the cheese, and contains delicious tender thin slices of pork with a lovely sweetness from the BBQ sauce. The angry duck carries quite a chilli kick and has strong intense flavours. This is tempered by the plain steamed rice and the salad. There’s a fair amount of boneless duck, though some pieces are a little dry while others are moist and tender. A brave bold dish that is anything but subtle.
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