What a generous serving! There’s plenty of food on offer and lots of variety which appealed to me the most. I’m a real fan of karaage chicken so was glad to see this as an option under the bento box section. This version was different to those I’ve eaten previously with a slightly different batter. It’s light and crunchy and doesn’t go soggy at all. The batter is lovely and encases tender succulent chicken with a rich mayo. Karaage chicken normally is crumbed which I prefer but this was still tasty. I also loved the other elements in the bento box. The fish cake was so delicious, light, soft super tender fish encased in a golden crumb. The tempura prawn was also excellent, a perfect light crunchy batter encasing well cooked prawn. Then there’s the octopus balls (takoyaki) which has soft tender octopus surrounded by a light gooey pancakey mixture with a lovely golden brown outer. These were rich, creamy and very enjoyable, especially with the sweetish BBQ sauce. The miso soup was warm and soothing, the salad certainly helped to take the edge of the rich and deep fried elements and was particularly refreshing. The rice with sesame seeds was lovely and I like the pickled ginger to aid digestion. The sugar snap peas were a bit unusual though, very stringy and chewy apart from the peas inside. Really stuffed, glad I’ve got a bit of a walk back to the office which is much needed. Satisfied.
Sushi Izakaya’s 3 course Eat Drink Perth special was certainly special. I love deep fried foods and the Japanese are renowned for their light crispy crunchy batters and this was evident with the popcorn prawns which were delicious. A common theme throughout the dishes is a fusion of cuisines outside of Japan. With the prawns, they’ve added jalapeño to the mayo which adds a lovely hum of chilli. For the mains, a typically American dish of a rack of pork ribs has had an Asian influence with a spicy momoko sauce. The glaze is excellent and the touch of spiciness keeps things interesting. The soft sweet potato chips, whilst not crunchy, are perfect as they are and provide a relief and contrast against the spicy meaty flavours. These were very enjoyable. To finish, a slightly gooey black sesame ice cream was enjoyed with other elements such as a delicious vanilla ice cream which easily overshadowed the black sesame ice cream, and the Chantilly vanilla flecked cream on a plank of chocolate. The dessert was delicious and an excellent finish to an impressive 3 course meal.
I’ve walked past many times and wondered why this place was so busy all the time. I know now as Nao’s ramen is well known and after one slurp, I can see why. I chose the miso ramen and a large steaming hot bowl was presented in no time. This dish is all about the broth which carries all the flavour. The miso adds a subtle touch to the broth but plays a distant second fiddle. The ramen noodles are tasty, especially when eaten with the broth, bean sprouts and seaweed. Delicious. I can’t go past green tea ice cream and the version here was soft, creamy, and light. I particularly enjoyed the ice cream with the sweetened cream. What a hearty lunch. Totally satisfied.
It may have been a hot day but slurping down a big bowl of delicious ramen with miso flavoured broth was a great way to enjoy lunch. The miso has a strong distinctive flavour that permeates the broth and is contrasted against the peppery cabbage, rich bursts of juicy sweet corn, the slightly fatty flavour of the chasu pork, the rich gooey slightly runny egg yolk, crunchy bean sprouts and seaweed. Before the ramen, I enjoyed the soft tender parcels of pork gyoza which present a lovely soothing texture before your tastebuds are woken up by the tones of ginger and soft pork filling. I was also presented with a sample of a new dish to the menu, karaage chicken, which happens to also be a personal favourite. The batter is very light and crunchy, encasing juicy tender chicken enjoyed with spicy sauce, housemade mayo, and shredded cabbage. Way too full, definitely no room for dessert, very satisfied.
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.
Nom nom nom. Yep, a visit here will have you slurping on delicious ramen. Newly opened there are 3 ramen varieties on offer and I chose the black version which is soy sauce based. A big bowl of tasty thin noodles is to be enjoyed with a broth offering depth of flavour and while a little intense, the broccoli and pickled bean sprouts help take the edge off, the latter, refreshing the palette. Tender pork adds meatiness to the meal and richness via the fatty part which is delicious. I also got the chasu pork bun and it was amazing! I loved the fatty pork giving a burst of flavour while the blend of spices deliver the flavour punch. To finish off, smooth black sesame ice cream was thoroughly enjoyed, cooling the mouth and contrasting in texture with the crunch of the black sesame seeds.
I’ve been checking out a few restaurants in East Perth and today’s visit is to Charm Restaurant which serve Japanese and Korean cuisine. It’s conveniently located outside red cat stop 6 and with summer approaching, sitting in the restaurant with all the glass doors open creates an open inviting and relaxing atmosphere. They have quite a selection of dishes for lunch and dinner. Lunch specials are also offered so I chose one. After quite a short wait a large bowl of noodles with a deep dark sauce was presented. It also came with a duck egg but I still don’t like eggs despite eating it. The noodles are really tasty and I’m happy the black bean sauce is not salty. The sauce is well controlled and flavoursome and despite the absence of meat, the diced cucumber and zucchini are really tasty. A pleasurable meal.
For $32.90 per head which is similar to a lot of mains at several restaurants, you can instead enjoy a variety of Japanese cuisine by visiting Sakari Japanese Restaurant for their all you can eat buffet. There are a range of pre-prepared sushi varieties and salads available from the self-serve section while the other items are cooked made to order. The serving size of each item is generally one piece so this allows you to satisfy your appetite while not being stuck with a big dish, and experience a variety of items. I enjoyed sashimi, tempura, seared sushi, and teppanyaki. I particularly loved the Japanese pancake and tako yaki octopus balls, with green tea ice cream finishing off a lovely experience. The edamame seaweed salad was also a favourite. The price represents excellent value while the quality of items served from the 40+ strong menu is to a solid standard. While not a fine dining restaurant, the quality, execution, and presentation of dishes is not compromised in a lovely setting overlooking William Street with friendly service to boot. Family friendly, a quiet night for 2, or just catching up with friends, a visit to Sakari is well worth your time and tastebuds.
I was really happy to stop by and grab some lunch before heading off to Ikea and the nearby Spud Shed for some shopping. I really enjoyed my visit last time and this time was no different. Whilst very busy, it was only a 5 minute wait before I could drool over the plentiful dishes coasting by on the conveyor belt. I had my sights set on the popcorn prawn and was surprised to see it on the conveyor belt so I jumped on that one and really enjoyed the light crumb, but particularly, that slight hum of chilli which takes it to another level. After that I enjoyed some salmon nigiri sushi, 3 mix sashimi, and slightly torched mackerel on rice. I also ordered one of the highlights of the meal, deep fried tofu surrounding rice and lobster. This dish was superb, so full of flavour and moistness. I was pretty full after that selection and left very happy. Quality meal.
It’s a little unusual to have a restaurant serving two completely different cuisines in Korean and Japanese but it gives the diner more choice. I went with the Korean seafood pancake which was light, crispy and delicious with the slightly salty sauce. I really enjoyed it and it was quite a generous serving. I was pleased to see that the seafood, in particularly, the squid, was very tender. For mains I chose the beef bulgogi which was excellent. The steamed rice helps to mop up some of the marinade and meat juices but the soft tender flavoursome beef is an excellent lunchtime meal for the cold of winter. It does become very meaty and rich due to the onions, but the miso soup, spicy kimchi, and refreshing pickled vegetables help to create balance and take the edge off. The crispy and slightly sugar coated seaweed was an interesting element too.