Which Japanese Restaurant To Go

Posted August 13th, 2009 in Eat Out in Perth - Japanese Food - 7 Comments »

Other day I was chatting with my Japanese friends “which Japanese restaurants in Perth do you go to?”. If it was few months ago Samurai would be in their answers, I think :p After talking with friends I realized the restaurants men chose are different from what women chose. My boy friends take the volume of food, the quantity of meat, and the prices into account. On the other hand my girl friends take different things into account such as how the food is presented, the atmosphere of the place and the taste of food.

What most men look for is the food value and the volume… I don’t say all the men are like that, but I agree with what my friends say, actually. Top 3 Japanese restaurants my boy friends chose are :

  • Banzai Sushi & Noodle Bar
  • Sundays Everyday
  • Kanta Japanese Kitchen and Sushi Bar
According to them, food at Banzai are really nice. The popular ones are ramen noodle dish, and they come with gyoza, karaage.. whatever the food guys like are on top of ramen.
Food at Sundays Everyday are really really big in volume! That’s what everyone says :p Even a guy who is starving can’t finish Sunday’s donburi dish. One of them said he even felt heartburn after eating their croquette bento. I’m sure they taste ok though, just the volume is very big. This could be the reason why they are busy at lunch time with local workers. (men)
They also like food at Kanta because they taste good, and the prices are reasonable.
photo from http://yourrestaurants.com.au

photo from http://yourrestaurants.com.au

On the other hand, my girl friends chose:

  • Taka’s Kitchen
  • Shimizu Grand in Floreat
Taka’s Kitchen are actually chosen by my boy friends too. Their prices are reasonable and food are ok, and the location is good too. The cheapest dish is su-udon (plain udon noodle soup) which is $3.00. The popular dish is teriyaki chicken @ $7.90. If you want to try their sushi I recommend Shaft Lane shop. There are 2 sushi chefs working at Shaft Lane, one is from Japan and another is from Melbourne. Both are Japanese and have experience working as sushi chef. I don’t really like Taka’s in Fremantle food court (Old Shanghai) though. Their sushi rolls were really bad :p I wouldn’t call them “sushi” :p
I like Shimizu Floreat too, their atmosphere is good for a meet-up with friends. This place does buffet, but you can also order a la carte menu without extra charge such as takoyaki, beef teriyaki (which actually was like beef steak cubes with garlic and teriyaki sauce) etc. Last time I went there it was about $48.50 per head (pricy!) but if you target on eating tempura, sashimi and sushi, it’s worth the value I think.

7 Comments on “Which Japanese Restaurant To Go”

  1. 1 Angie said at 10:55 pm on August 13th, 2009:

    I like Japanese Gourmet on Hampden Road – mostly patronised by students and people attached to the UWA or hospital-related staff at Charlies or PathWest. Their sashimi is really good! I also like their sushi (although Esther thinks the rice wine is overpowering). Their teriyaki and poached fish is good too.

    My step sister likes going to Zen in Subiaco for their teppanyaki.

  2. 2 Angie said at 10:58 pm on August 13th, 2009:

    Oh, and also Taka’s Kitchen in Shafto lane is the better Takas. I went to the Barrack Street one a few days ago and they didn’t serve me rice so I kept asking them for it. They didn’t understand what I was saying and the girl just laughed (probably cos she didn’t know what I was saying – nor did she say, “Sorry, i’ll get someone who knows English”). There’s more to that debacle, but fortunately it was solved by a girl who was fluent in English.

    However, their chicken karaage was awful. The chicken still had hairs on it, and they had chopped a bit that still had a full kidney as part of the chicken! I think I also got an allergic reaction to some part of the chicken cos after eating, my mouth and nose were really itchy.

  3. 3 YL said at 1:42 am on August 14th, 2009:

    I love going to Fuji in vic park!! I think the quality of food there is good and its not very expensive. Just like kanta! ^_^
    I also like Dosukoi in fremantle, but seems like everyone is going there now, and sometimes, the waiting line is very long. Halu and satsuki are great places too, just very expensive! 🙁

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 11:10 am on August 14th, 2009:


    I used to go to Zen when the previous owner was there, but I haven’t been there since the owner changed. My friend told me the food has changed a little (different chef, of course) but still good. I like the izakaya-like atmosphere. 🙂

    I think the waitress who was serving you at Taka’s Barrack was maybe just a student or working-holiday-maker so her English was poor.. lots of Japanese people who work at Japanese restaurants here are like her I think. 🙁
    Barrack gets lots of customers because of its location, I think. Karaage with full chicken kidney attached.. that’s gloss… :p I feel sorry for you having allergic reaction from their food.

  5. 5 umepontarou said at 11:14 am on August 14th, 2009:

    Fuji is one of my friends’ choice too 🙂 I go to Super Fuji (owned by the same owner as Fuji Japanese restaurant) often.
    The food at Dosukoi is pretty nice, but I just don’t like the atmosphere (><) Bit too crowded and small space to eat. Ha-Lu and Satsuki are owned by a Japanese company, and they target on high quality food and presentation... that's why it's expensive. Too expensive to me :p

  6. 6 shAn said at 12:30 am on August 19th, 2009:

    hi ume!!
    i really love reading about your life in perth and the food places you’ve visited;)))
    i actually went to Sundays Everyday yesterday upon your recommendation and the karaage was FANTASTIC!!

    thanx for updating your blog so diligently, pls don’t ever stop posting!!!

  7. 7 umepontarou said at 1:03 pm on August 19th, 2009:

    Hi shAn

    Thanks xxx
    I’m glad that you liked Karaage at Sundays Everyday 🙂 I love them too! Because of their volume of food I sometimes share 2 meals with 3 people.


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