Dinner

Kuu

Ah… the infamous Kuu… when we thought that no one else knew about this place. Now we can barely get a seat in there!

These pictures are from when we went once upon a time. We’ve been so often I can’t count how many dishes we’ve tried!

They make a really nice soy matcha and a matcha banana smoothie. I’ve found some places that make soy matchas, the matcha isn’t dissolved properly and it’s a bit grainy. Here though, it’s pretty good!

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What to say about their food but… I really miss Japan! Below is a picture of the Japanese Brekky platter for the hungry. You get two salads, a poached egg, small piece of salmon, 2 onigiri, miso soup and a small bit of potato salad as well (I think this dish has changed slightly since this photo was taken).

I really like the flavours of聽this dish. The salads are nice and fresh, the onigiri are good but I think there is a bit too much rice, I could do without the poached egg (only because I’m not a massive fan of poached eggs), the salmon is perfectly cooked (I could do with a bigger piece though :p) and the miso soup compliments the dish very well. It seems like a lot of food but surprisingly, even though I was full after, I didn’t feel all gross and sluggish! Win!

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My hubby always loves to try the katsu currys when we go to Japanese places. This one is up there! I mean nothing is comparable to the one we had in Japan but it’s still pretty good! Flavours were really nice and the katsu was cooked perfectly.

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As I said, this is one of our regulars. We love Japanese food and Japanese breakfasts are one of our favourites!

Definitely try this place if you haven’t already! It’s quite small so I would try to get there early to snag a seat inside!

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Pizza Pizza Pizza

Ever wanted to go to a hidden bar in Melbourne but just don’t know where to go or how to get in? Let me tell you, you’ll want to come to this place… Pizza pizza pizza!

Well the shop out front is called this, the back of the pizza joint hidden behind a black curtain, you’ll find a cozy bar filled topped up with cocktails, a DJ and little booths!

My friend had gone to the opening of this place the other week and she was dying to show me so we went yesterday! The pizza shop is on Meyers lane in the CBD. It’s not hard to miss. You walk in and mention to the guy you’re here for the bar, or you’d like the secret menu and he should let you in.

We came after work on a Friday and since this place isn’t well known yet, we were the first ones there, but to be honest, it didn’t matter. We sat ourselves in a booth and ordered some cocktails. I tried a daquari and also the fruitini. Both were really nice! Alcohol not too overpowering and nice and fruity at the same time.

This place also sells pizzas.. and when I say pizzas, I mean big New York sized pizzas! There are only a few flavours you can choose from but you can also go halvies! We ordered half pepperoni and half mushroom… this is between 3 people!

Out comes the piping hot pizza and it was amazing! Not exactly like New York pizzas, the base is a little thicker but hey, its good enough!

Definitely go check this place out! Would love to come back again.

Here’s a picture of the pizza, sorry lighting in the bar wasn’t great but you get the idea 馃檪

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Entrecote

Just giving my Japan posts a little break for now….

After so long, we finally made it to Entrec么te for dinner! We had always wanted to try it but never really got around to it because of the long lines we always see out front.

One nice warm night, we figured we would give it a go. We were seated outside which was quite warm but once the shade was adjusted, it was actually quite nice.

We ordered the typical Steak Frites as we wanted to see what the fuss was about. I ordered mine medium and my partner ordered his medium rare.

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This picture was my steak. Although it looks medium on the photo, I think it was a little over done. My partners one looked medium as well. The steak itself is actually quite a tender cut. Although not cooked to my liking, it was still quite tasty and the herb sauce was delicious! And who can say anything bad about the fries! At Entrec么te there is actually unlimited fries so if you want more, you can order more! On this note however, I think the amount of food you get on the plate is more than enough and you also get a side salad with it as well.

We figured, as we had made the effort to come here, we thought we would order dessert. Everyone has a second stomach for dessert! We ordered the Fanancier aux Amandes.

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In short, it’s pretty much an almond cake with Raspberry coulis, raspberry sorbet and marscarpone. The cake was lovely and light. The marscarpone was perfect to cut through the tartness of the raspberries and the sorbet was light and delicious.

Overall, I was expecting more from Entrec么te. For a steak place, you would think they would cook the steak as you had asked. Apart from that, I would still try it again to give it another go.

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Mamezo

On our trip back to the station after going to the Studio Ghibli museum, we felt like trying some authentic Japanese curry!

Taking a look online and at Trip Advisor, we came across Mamezo. This cute little restaurant was definitely a find!

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I ordered a chicken curry, although I don’t remember what my boyfriend ordered. o.O

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The servings were quite generous. I loved every bit about it! The sauce, the chicken, the pickles! It was soooo good! My boyfriend was considering ordering another one!

If you happen to go to the Studio Ghibli museum and want to try something different before you head back, definitely try this place! Delicious!

Sakura-Tei

If you love okonomiyaki, this is the place to go!

I’m pretty sure Sakura-Tei is a chain restaurant but the one we went to was in Shibuya. Tucked away by a small road, this place isn’t easy to find.

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We were seated in a small room in front of our own hot plate! The place is very tourist friendly with the menu in english and there are also instructions on how to make your own okonomiyaki!

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The okonomiyaki was delicious! Even though we cooked it ourselves, it tasted just how it would if we were to have bought it from a shop! I however chose the Monjayaki for something different as I had not tried it before. Although the flavours were nice, when it came to making it, it turned out to look like a puddle of food mixed together. Not sure if I just didn’t do it properly or not but if I ever went back, I’d definitely stick to the okonomiyaki.

Definitely try this place again, although if you ever go, see if you can get a seat in the main area. The room we were in wasn’t ventilated very well and it started to get real smoky after a while and started to sting my eyes. Apart from that, great place!

 

Kamakura Matsubara-an Keyaki

Tucked away on the 4th floor (I think) in Harajuku, we found an amazing soba restaurant.聽 After having walked around a lot that day we were up for a decent feed and came across this restaurant on Trip Advisor.

We were seated overlooking the street below and were offered our menus. I ordered the tempura soba and my boyfriend ordered the cold soba with a duck broth.

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This was my dish and I absolutely adored it. The tempura was lovely and light and very crunchy. Also barely oily at all! The soba was served in a rich broth. I loved this dish.聽 So simple but so tasty!

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This was my boyfriends cold soba dish. I tried a bit of his duck broth and it was amazingly rich and full of flavour!

When we finished our meal we had a bit of broth left over and one of the waitresses came by to our table and handed us a teapot of boiling water.聽 My boyfriend and I just looked at each other and were a bit confused. What were we supposed to do with this and what was it for? Luckily the waitress came back and told us! As we had an extra small bowl each with nothing in it,聽 you were supposed to take a few spoonfuls of the broth,聽 put it in the bowl and then add the water to make a soup! Genius! Why didn’t we think of that?! Haha

All in all I really enjoyed this restaurant.聽 After a long day of walking all you want to do is sit down and have a nice bowl of delicious food!

35 steps

We wanted to find an izakaya place close to Shibuya so onto Tripadvisor we went. There seemed to be good reviews on a place called 35 steps so we figured we’d give it a go!

Nestled down exactly 35 steps, this place is quite hidden away. It looked like we were heading down some dark and dingy basement however at when we arrived the place was filled with people sitting around enjoying good food!

As we did not have a reservation, we were tucked away into a room, which was fine.. at least we got a seat! the waiter gave us an english menu and we got to ordering!

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This was a flamed grilled mackerel that was flame grilled right in front of us! The fish was delicious and perfectly cooked! This is one of their popular dishes.

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Next were some deep fried prawns with a special sauce. I though this dish was nice but not amazing. My boyfriend really liked the sauce to this dish. We think it was like a sweet chilli mayo.

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Next we had some garlic bread with a tuna and avacado ceviche (I think). Although this dish seemed basic, the flavours went so well with each other!

As we weren’t super hungry when we arrived we only ordered these three dishes. (I forgot to mention, they also give you a complementary salad at the beginning!)

Last but not least, dessert!

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This might seem strange to some. Bread with tofu and honey. The description of this was very weird to me. How do those three things taste good altogether?? I tried some and boy was I surprised. The tofu used here was quite hard to what I’m used to. It also seemed a bit sweet but not sure if that was from the honey or not. The dish was AMAZING to say the least. We put some tofu and honey on a piece of bread and added a strawberry. It sort of tasted like a honey cheesecake with strawberries! I couldn’t get over how good it was as I was really skeptical at first.

If you do happen to try this place, definitely get the mackerel and the tofu dessert. Also we got a cold sake that came in a bamboo!

Loved this place!聽 Not sure if it was exactly an izakaya but would definitely come back!