Takeru Poporo does great Japanese skeddi, it's not high-falutin' cuisine but it tastes good and it's cheap. We particularly like Takeru for their half size menu, you can try more dishes for less dosh, or just have a small cheap meal if you're not a piggy like us. While Takeru's cheesy wacky western dishes are a hoot, we really get a kick out of the more traditional Japanese dishes, much like we did at Takeru's sister store in Sussex street.
Hotate kinoko spaghetti (scallop & mushroom) - $6.10 and Mentaiko spaghetti (spicy cod roe) - $6.50 - both half size. The scallop and mushroom tastes very western, but with the lovely Japanese touches of seseame sprinkles and seaweed on top. Cod roe skeddi is the winner, a little fishy, a little salty, so Japanese, so delicious.
Curry croquette don (dinner box special) - $8.90. Light crunchy mashed potato croquettes on rice with curry sauce on rice. The curry sauce has an unusual tomato bent to it, quite nice. Served with salad, pickles and miso soup. It's not art, but it's good and cheap, and it tastes of Japan.
Half size tonkotsu shoyu ramen - $5.90. The ramen was surprisingly good for a joint that doesn't specialise in it, a great broth and just the right amount of chew on the noodles. Very happy. We wish more ramen joints would do these half sizes, a full serve in some places can be a bit much.
Unagi Tofu Tamagotoji - $13.30. This was described in the menu as 'eel, tofu & scrambled egg' so we had to try it, and we're glad we did. It was delicious with hunks of soft tofu and eel in a classic Japanese sweet dashi\soy\mirin kinda broth with scrambled egg floaties. While eating this Shawn briefly flashed back to Tokyo, unfortunately to the less-than-exciting suburb of Minowa, which is not to discredit the food, more a comment on Shawn's astral-navigation skills.
Unagi doria - $7.90 (half size). We knew that unagi is eel but we had no idea what doria is, so we ordered it. Doria turned out to be rice with a cheesy sauce, see here for more on Doria. A plate of eel, rice and melted cheese may sound like some crazy pregrancy craving, but is was nicer than it should be.
We love Japanese pizza, and we love takoyaki (octopus balls), so we get the takoyaki pizza - $10.90. A layer of cheese, a few takoyaki and a party of dancing bonito flakes on top. Yum.
Takeru Poporo Japanese restaurant is at Level 3, Market City shopping centre (above Paddy's Markets), next to the food court. Phone 9211 2777. Takeru is also in the city at 339 Sussex Street.
Minowa, Tokyo. Not exciting.