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Gone are the days where I need to travel all the way to the city for a pick me up when cravings for Japanese food hit, with several restaurants featuring the cuisine now open on the west side. One such restaurant sits in prime location at the Footscray Market, which is visited by throngs of people each week, particularly on Saturdays.
The takoyaki balls were well-prepared and -cooked, tasting exactly as they should. Fortunately for me, there was only a minimal amount of octopus in each ball (super chewy foods disagree with my palate).
One of my favourite dishes to order at Japanese restaurants is katsu don, and so there were no doubts regarding what I was going to order. Again, the dish did not deviate from the norm, and I was quite pleased with my meal. The omelette was fluffy, generously-portioned (mmmmm… egg), and was filled with plenty of contrasting textures from the crunchy onions and firm but tender peas. The pork cutlet was perfectly crumbed, and thankfully not too oily. I know where I’ll be going if I come by a katsu don craving at home…
Udon noodles, with tempura battered prawns and vegetable.
Mum is a big fan of soupy rice noodles, although her ideal soup noodle dish takes on the form of beef soup with thick and flat rice noodles. Mum thought the udon noodles were passable, but would have much preferred a soup noodle dish from a few of the other Chinese/Vietnamese restaurants situated not 5 minutes away. The tempura batter was pleasantly delicate and again, not too oily.
And there you have it: Japanese cuisine, west side-style. While our meal wasn’t knock-your-socks-off amazing, it was certainly more than decent… especially when taking on board their super cheap prices, and for me, the closer proximity to home.
Sekai Japanese Ramen
Shop 194, 81 Hopkins St,
Footscray, Victoria, 3011.
(03) 9687 1088