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Gigi by Katherine

Gigi is a sushi bar located on Swanston st in the city. It is where all the cheap student eateries are and is opened from 10am-11pm at night.
It was here that I walked past from the supermarket and decided to check it out.
At 11am it was really quiet and the waiter was a little surly. Perhaps just woke up?
I had the bento $12.50. It was with chirashi sushi, ginger, a piece of tofu, spring rolls and miso soup.
Loved the fish and the egg in the sushi. But I think it had a bit too much warm rice in there which I hate. It didn’t have a lot of fish in there which I would have loved

I didn’t really like the piece of tofu which I think its Agedashi tofu. It was the worst piece that I have ever had. It was cold and awful.
The miso soup was nice though. I loved the tofuy bits.

The white coffee came really late after a few polite reminders. It came halfway through my meal

All in all I might only be back only just to try the actual sushi itself. It did not look too bad and I could see them freshly preparing it when I arrived at 11am. Next time I shouldn’t come so early either.

Gigi Sushi Bar on Urbanspoon


Sushi Masa

This place hasn’t been blogged about for some time by other bloggers so I figured that I might try the place out.
The staff there are real Japanese and they smiled and made me feel welcome.
Here this is a real Japanese place and they do have some lunch specials for everyone.
I checked out the bathrooms and boy they were a bit of a find as they were at the back of the restaurant and were tiny and a little unclean. By the way the lock does not work.

If you order a noodle dish, lunch special, bento you can get some extras for $1.50. They have different prices for takeaway and eat ins. Takeaway is cheaper but not by much.
The bentos are expensive. The average price for these is $19.50. It being a hot day I didn’t feel like a lot of hot food so I went for main cold stuff. All my stuff including tea came up to $14.00.
I had zaru soba noodles and boy these were huge.
I have never had cold tofu before, I can’t really comment on this too much. But what I can say that it melts in your mouth and its smooth and silky
I expected there to be more than one inari, but I can’t complain too much. But the rice was a little bit warm and a little bit mushy. I suppose I came there too late to enjoy really good inari.

You might see me return sometime soon with Katherine. And to all the others, its a much better idea to come for lunch when things are a little bit cheaper but just as good.

Sushi Masa on Urbanspoon


Yamato is a Japanese place. I didn’t know that they were a branch until I got onto Urbanspoon and found out that they were.
The store in Exhibition st is not far away from my workplace.  It is tiny compared to the other store. But I loved the deocr inside. It was lovely and cozy and I felt like I was in Japan. I loved the table with the low seating.
But I didn’t like having to walk outside and on lots and lots of pebbles and stairs to go to the bathroom. Now imagine if I was wearing heels… I’d fall. The bathrooms were a bit dirty and a bit badly maintained

Look how dirty this is

Love the steps- its a very Japanese feel

Other than that:

I had the yasai bento ($9.60) and the green tea ($1.20 per cup). The green tea was nothing much to write home about because it was so watery. But I loved some of the elements of the yasai bento. Yasai means vegetarian. I loved the fresh vegetables and the tempura and the seaweed salad was really good. It is hard to find decent salad and my salad had the nice chewiness to it.

Not entirely sure that I liked the Agedashi tofu though. it was a bit bland and there was no bonito flakes in it.

Am also not sure that I liked the rice though. It tasted like it was microwaved rather than cooked freshly. It was really hard to eat with chopsticks.

Whilst I liked that they used fresh vegetables in the wafu salad… I’m not entirely sure that I loved the dressing in this.

I’d like to come back with the Japan Club as they would love it. The restaurant takes bookings for large groups and they do dinner. This is much better than any other Japanese restaurants I have tried. I wonder why it doesn’t have more exposure on Urbanspoon.

Yamato Japanese on Urbanspoon

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