Battle bento box is being waged at lunchtime on Norton Street. This restaurant (which used to be a few doors up the road) has a great list of ten Lunch Boxes ($12) that provide a good value, balanced lunch. In their old spot, a new Japanese place has sprung up, so despite the expansion, their prices here remain reasonable! Their new, and much bigger premises includes a great covered verandah – a nice advance on their old sloping pavement tables. The expansion has also seen a widening of the menu. The Sashimi Entrée ($22/ 12 pieces) now includes scallops topped with luminous green flying fish roe and an oyster with the usual fresh salmon, tuna and kingfish.
They’ve also added some more interesting fresh rolls, like the Palm Spring Roll ($12) with cucumber, avocado and crab topped with a lightly dressed heap of raw salmon, tomato and shallot; and tempura rolls like Soft Shell Crab Roll ($14).
Even the entrée list has expanded to a full restaurant sized selection that includes Black Horenso ($7), a neat pile of blanched spinach surrounded by a lake of black sesame sauce.
It’s always hard to pass up their addictive, fluffy Takoyaki ($9.00) or octopus balls drizzled with mayo and topped with writhing dried bonito flakes.
You can see my last visit (to their old premises) back HERE.
161 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Ph: (02) 9560 8949