Ah... I always am tempted by places that serve up Japanese food... and by that, I don't mean sushi and sushi rolls... I do like that, but I'm always more interested in the rice and noodle dishes, which I still contend is much better than the sushi stuff.... much to the annoyance of my older daughter, who is obsessed with sushi.
So, on one particular work trip, I was staying in the pretty nice (read... wealthy...) Neutral Bay area. Just for reference, I saw a house that sold recently in the area... a cool 5 million AUD!
Anyway, places like these... you would hope that the takeaways are pretty decent! So, I was working my way up and down the shopping area, trying out the various places.
Lots of wooden bamboo colours... lots of space, and a clean modern aesthetic. Of course, there is a little sushi roll counter for the blow ins that like that sort of thing...
... a pretty standard Sydney layout, with a large open front area with a large sliding window frame to let in lots of air and light.
All the sorts of things that you would expect from a Japanese eatery. Not lots of choice in terms of different Donburi selections... but enough for the two meals that I would have here.
... and as usual, at some point in the away season, I always am starting to crave the cleanliess of a rice dice. And this eel donburi set was just the thing... not too big (I'm a small eater, and can easily overeat and feel yuck...), rounded off with a nice little miso soup bowl.
This was a perfect dish, not too heavy on the sauce, and the eel was just nicely cooked... tender, and not at all dry.
Fast and friendly service, sand you are just left alone to eat in peace. Perfect... and at the time that I visited, it wasn't too busy either. I did end up picking up a takeaway on a different occasion, and the food was just as good (a cooked Salmon Donburi...)... and the turnaround time was also just as quick.
Monday 10 am–8 pm
Tuesday 10 am–8 pm
Wednesday 10 am–8 pm
Thursday 10 am–8 pm
Friday 10 am–8 pm
Saturday 10 am–3 pm
Address: 161 Wycombe Rd, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
Phone: (02) 9904 4302