Recently I had an intense craving for ramen (it’s still semi-cold here in Sydney!) but could not find any ramen shop near my office in North Sydney. The nearest is probably Ryo’s in Crows Nest which is still a fair distance to walk 🙁 It was a disaster! Luckily I had a day off and after meeting up with an ex-colleague who I haven’t met in almost 9 years in Wolli Creek, I headed to the city in search for a ramen to satisfy my cravings!
Tenkomori is a small corner stall located at the Regent Place Arcade alongside eateries such as Chanoma Cafe, The Choc Pot, Aqua S etc. They serve a range of ramen dishes, curries, rice bowls and combination meal boxes. The one feature that the hubby was drawn to and wanted to show me was that at Tenkomori, one can pick and choose a variety of toppings or side dishes to go with the meal according to one’s preference, a concept that is quite common in Japan. I remembered visiting a similar joint in Tokyo where I unfortunately picked up some natto without not knowing what it was! It tasted horrible on the first AND subsequent bites! Eep, sorry for the natto lovers out there, natto is really not my thing! The hubby loves it though so he was looking forward to Tenkomori, in hope of picking some up *ergh*
Hayashi Japanese Restaurant located on Ogilvie Road in Applecross has been around for ages! I remembered having a joint birthday dinner there a fair number of years back. Memories of the dinner were great company, good food but stark ambiance. The lack of warmth in the restaurant had always been the main factor in preventing me from heading back whenever family and friends have suggested dinner there. When I received an invitation to check out the restaurant, I was initially reluctant to attend but then thought to give it another go, maybe things have changed! Rightly so, as we were informed by the friendly manager, Jason that Hayashi is now under new management, taken over by a couple of the existing kitchen staff when the owner sold the place. They have also appointed a new Head Chef. I was excited to check out the new Hayashi!
The talk of town this year for the Eat Drink Perth festival was surely the Night Noodle Market (NNM) held at the Perth Cultural Center! Eat Drink Perth 2015 opened with a bang last Wednesday with the Night Noodle Market, a family friendly Asian hawker style market set up over three areas, namely the Central Square, Museum Plaza and the Urban Orchard, housing over 20+ stalls and 3 popup bars. It was so exciting! I ended up going to this event three times over four days!
Kabuki Japanese is located on the busy Albany Highway towards the city end, right near where Makan 2 Cafe, CHI Restaurant etc are located. I was first introduced to Kabuki when my friend came over for dinner one night with some takeaway from there and I was hooked since! The food are delicious and cheap! One thing I never fail to order every visit is the Rainbow Roll (large for $15).
Hikaru Ramen & Japanese Food is a new ramen noodle house located on St Georges Terrace right next to the St Martins Tower. I was recommended to try this place by a PFEs follower on Facebook. (Thanks for the recommendation as I really like this place! Been here three times now!)
As the restaurant name suggests, it’s main attraction is the ramen! They do however still sell other Japanese food such as the donburi, sashimi, sushi and salads. I believe there are two other Hikarus scattered around the city, one on Barrack St, and the other in Brookfield Place, focusing either on sushi or Japanese meals. I’m happy with this Hikaru which is more about the ramen, 9 varieties to choose from.
The PFEs were invited to dine at the Atrium Buffet [All-You-Can-Eat] Restaurant within the Crown Perth Complex recently and I happily obliged, not having visited the Atrium since it’s refurbishment a few years back. I had been a number of times previously while it was still under the management of Burswood Complex and had tried their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. I had stopped going previously, and to be honest it was because I thought the food selections were getting a bit boring. I was interested this time to see whether any changes have been made!
Having missed out on lunching at Ohnamiya the last time round as it was full, I headed out one afternoon after a busy morning at work. It was past lunchtime and lo and behold, there was only a couple of tables occupied. Yay! I was spoilt for choices on seating!
The restaurant is small and cosy with quite comfortable chairs. The lady serving me was extra friendly as well. On that particular day, I had lost my voice from a bad throat virus and could barely make a sound. All that came out were hoarse whispers. She was very patient and kind whilst taking my order. Thank you lady! 🙂
Ohnamiya provides complimentary green tea as well. Bonus!
Dosukoi made its name in the Fremantle markets the last few years selling their specialty noodles – the ramen and soba to name a couple. As I do not frequent Freo much, I’d never had a chance to sample their dishes (Miss Egg had though a few years back – her review here!). When I found out that they had open a branch in Perth, I made a note to go for lunch one day!
The day came earlier this week when I had to choose a place to meet up with a friend for lunch. The place was chockers when I arrived, all occupied as there are limited seats to to start with. I was quite surprised that the Asian cafe, the space which Dosukoi occupies now is gone! I had to not so subtly stand next to a group who looked like they were finishing up to mark the seats! Only after seating down that I noticed the wall lined with Japanese manga books! Quite cool!
In recent months, Mr Munchies Sushi had become the unassuming rising star of the sushi world in Perth. I first had a taste of it when a friend took away the Sushi Platter for dinner one night and I found that I really liked them! I’d been back for the sushi ever since! I especially like the Mango Sushi Roll.
Earlier this month, I went to “Danny Bhoy” showing in Astor Theatre nearby and decided to introduce the place to some of my friends. They ended up loving the place too. (By the way if you like comedy, you have to check out Danny Bhoy – very funny guy and much less swearing compared to Russell Peters).
The place was packed when we arrived and the four of us had to squeeze into a table for two. Note that the restaurant is quite small so tables get snap up quickly during peak dinner time!
I wanted to try a different drink so I had the Awaken Aloe Vera with Wheat Grass. Took some getting use to.
For entree, we had:
- Japanese Seaweed Salad ($5.50)
- Japanese Squid Salad ($5.50)
- Agedashi Tofu ($8.50) – lightly coated and fried in a tempura sauce, this was very nice!
- Mango Chicken Roll ($9.50 small 4 pieces)
- Crunchy Spider Roll ($9 small 4 pieces)
- Create Your Own Sushi – Eel (large 8 pieces)
The Mango Chicken Roll is a seasonal sushi with chicken and prawn fritters topped with coriander, sweet chilli sauce and diced mango. I never fail to order this when I eat at Mr Muchies Sushi. I love the crunchiness of the chicken and prawn pieces combined with the thai inspired flavors of the topping.
The Crunchy Spider Roll contains deep fried soft shell crab, iceberg lettuce, cucumber topped with white sesame sauce and shallots. This was on the average side, I could not really taste the soft shell crab.
My friend put together this Create Your Own Sushi, with eel, tamago topped with tobiko and chili mayonnaise sauce. It turned out quite tasty but nothing beats the Mango Chicken Roll for me. 🙂
There are many more other special Sushi Rolls on offer in Mr Munchies Sushi, I found the chef to be very creative and innovative in his sushi creations. I also love the Create Your Own Sushi or Salad concept. Will definitely be back again.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.