japanese

Cibi

You must know how much I love Japanese by now? 😛 I’m on a mission to find every Japanese breakfast place in Melbourne!

We stumbled upon this place a while ago. It’s situated in Collingwood down the end where all the factory outlets are. The place is in what looks like an old warehouse. The cafe is out the front and they have a shop out the back which sells Japanese products.

I ordered a hojicha tea, since it was a cold day. It really hit the spot! It came in a cute little teapot, I could do with one of these at home!

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Then came the breakfast plate. I love how everything looks so nice and healthy! The dish came with some rice, mashed potato, salmon, egg, a salad and miso soup. I loved everything about the dish. Everything was cooked to perfection! I think the menu has changed a bit since I last went as I think the breakfast place has a few different things on it.

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I haven’t been back since this time but I would definitely go again. I love love love Japanese breakfasts!

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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 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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Menya Sandaime

When I saw this restaurant on broadsheet, I told myself I need to try this place, 24/7 Ramen! We woke up a little hungover one cold Sunday morning and I thought, what better way to cure our starvation and hangover!

I thought there might be a wait since this place was newly open but lucky enough for us, no line! Got a seat straight away! The restaurant is small and doesn’t fit a lot of people so if you can come at an odd hour where there aren’t many people would be perfect!

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I wasn’t sure what ramen to choose as there were a few different types but I ended up settling for the basic Menya Sandaime and my boyfriend ordered the Tsukemen Ramen. We also ordered a side of gyoza.

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The gyoza came out looking like typical gyoza but surprisingly tasted different to other gyoza’s I have tasted. It actually tasted better which was good!

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Next my ramen! From what I saw from other people’s dishes, the bowls looked huge! But when mine came out I realised it wasn’t as big as I thought but that was fine with me. I loved the flavour of the broth and I really liked the way the pork belly was cooked. Different to other places where they have the chasyu. This pork belly had a nice grilled flavour to it which made the dish different to other ramens I have tried.

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My boyfriends Tsukemen Ramen was huge! Although he did end up ordering extra noodles. I still am confused with the concept of noodles in one bowl and broth in another but it seemed to work. The broth had a nice seafood-y flavour to it which wasn’t too overpowering.

I actually really like this place. I don’t know how long I would wait if I had to but I would definitely come back again to try one of the other ramens!

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Miyako

Sorry to say but I have been very lazy with posting up new places to try! When xmas came around things got quite busy!

Miyako is a Japanese restaurant situated in Southgate area. It has an area where you can sit down and order your usual sushi/sashimi or there is another area where you can experience the fun of tepanyaki!

I have been to this restaurant twice. Once a long time ago for a friends birthday and we had tepanyaki. This post however, will not be covering that aspect of this restaurant as the most recent time I went we did not have this.

My friend had purchased a voucher online for Miyako which consisted of a set menu. To be honest, I don’t remember what the voucher allowed us to order. All I know is, we had a sushi/sashimi platter, beef tataki, miso soup, yaki soba and gyoza (could have been something else but I forgot 😦 )

The dishes were all well made and presented! I especially liked the presentation of the sushi/sashimi platter. The fish was very fresh and perfectly sliced!

I would definitely recommend this place as a nice ‘date night’ restaurant, or if you’re in the area, a lovely Japanese restaurant with quality food. Give the tepanyaki a try if you have a group of people as well. It’s always a bit of fun! 🙂

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Soba Noodle Salad

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Soba Noodle Salad

During the hot summer days in Melbourne, I was searching high and low for a beautiful filling, healthy salad and I came across this soba noodle salad. It was not too heavy and the sauce that goes with it is delicious!

I have the recipe that I have used to make this below but don’t be fooled. This recipe can be altered. If one of the toppings isn’t to your liking you can always just add something else that tickles your fancy.
The sauce is easy to put together. I find with the grated ginger, I like to put left over ginger in the freezer when I’m not using it. I can easily take it out and grate the frozen ginger and it does the trick! Easy!

Recipe

Soba Noodles
Smoked Salmon/Fresh Salmon (sliced)
Canned corn
Seaweed
Cucumber (sliced)

Sauce
3 tbsp Soy Sauce
3 tbsp Rice Vinegar
2 tbsp Sesame oil
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Grated Ginger

1. Cook the noodles as stated on the packet.
2. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce together and give it a good mix.
3. Place the noodles in a bowl and combine the remaining ingredients on top. Drizzle the sauce over the noodles and mix it altogether.
4. Enjoy!