PURPLE PEANUTS JAPANESE CAFE
TUNA ONIGIRI WITH SESAME SAUCE
I've had this twice now, and both times it was amazing. Purple Peanuts' onigiri is up there with some of the best foods I've ever had out. I chose the sesame sauce both times, they also offer sweet chili and another kind that I sadly cannot remember. I can't comment on the others, but the sesame is divine; it's what really makes the dish complete. Each time I went with a friend, and both were just as in love with the onigiri as I was.
TOFU AND PRAWN BURGER
My burger wasn't anything amazing, but it wasn't bad, either. Also, it wasn't so much of a "burger" as it was a turkish bread sandwich, but I'll let the poor naming slide. I liked it well enough, but I don't think I'd order it again.
By far my faovurite place for a hand-roll fix. It's cheap at $2.50 a roll and the tempura prawn hand-roll happens to be one of the best things to grace the earth. Honorable mentions to the lobster salad and smoked salmon rolls. You have to pick your time wisely, because there's often a massive line, and it's a small place.
PRAWN AND AVOCADO SUSHI BURGER
Sushi burgers are J Cafe's specialty, and there's a reason for that: they are freaking amazing. From the first bite my friend and I took, we were sent into mouthgasmic heaven. No words were spoken until both burgers were entirely eaten. I'm so excited to go back and try a few more of the flavours.
I've loved gyoza since the moment I tried it back when I was about fifteen. Meatless varieties are pretty hard to find, however, so since cutting meat out of my diet I've had to go without. I was pretty happy to see vegetable gyoza on J Cafe's menu, and even happier when it happened to be the best gyoza I have ever eaten. Also, it's green. That gave it like a gazillion bonus points.
CAFE LATTE CREAM DAIFUKU
Super yummy. My friend had a taro flavoured daifuku and loved it just as much as I did mine. It was a really nice end to our meal.
I've been to my fair share of sushi trains now, and Sushi Hotaru, which is situated in an arcade between Bourke Street and Little Bourke Street in Melbourne's CBD, is by far the best. I've been back three times, and it has never disappointed. Above are shots of assorted sushi rolls, as well as a plate of takoyaki (fried octapus balls), which are among my most beloved of Japanese treats. My absolute favourite of any of the Hotaru plates would have to be the Soft Shell Crab Roll, though; it's always the highlight of my night. It's also super cheap at $3.00 a plate; there's no expensive colour coding.