I’ve been wanting to start a food blog for awhile, but been putting it off ‘cos I keep thinking about all the food I’ve eaten and not taken any photographs of :(
It all just seems like such a waaaaaaaste ;_;
BUT my dear friend Grace finally convinced me to do it …and it’s taken me over a month and the procurement of a companion, Rosy <3, to finally get this off the ground !
So in the future when I’m actually 100kg heavier than I am now, at least I’ll always have digital memories reminding me that it wasn’t an accident …lol!
Oh yes…how exciting.
And so here is my first food blog :D
I went to Daruma Japanese Restaurant today with uni friends because it was a cold, rainy day. I also had a quiz at 7pm that I wasn’t looking forward to studying for, and as we all know, food is my only friend.
Despite its scrappy external appearance from THOMAS St (wink wink), the decor of the place was pretty darn good. The furniture was nice and modern, the floorboards polished, and the enticing smell of miso soup was a welcoming change to the rain outside.
Warm bowls of miso soup – you can actually see the steam !
The miso soup at Daruma is self-service, and there are two large tureens of the MSG-y goodness at the door. You can go back as many times as you want, but seeing as we went there during Happy Hour, we were mainly interested in the cheap food ! :D
Seafood Tempura, $4.50
Crispy pieces of crabstick, eggplant, prawn and fish, covered in tempura batter! This wasn’t part of the happy hour menu, but was crunchy and warm, and came with a serving of watery vinegar on the side (according to Albert, the aforementioned ‘watery vinegar’ is agedashi tofu sauce! haha).
Chicken Cutlet Curry – $5.50
The thing with these types of dishes is that you always always ALWAYS need to mix the sauce and the rice and the chicken together (or whatever extra you get). The chicken cutlets reminded me of Maccas chicken nuggets (mmm) ..and the curry was nice and smooth until the aftertaste – and that’s when its spiciness really hit me! I’m not a fan of spicy food, but Jenny and Girish both thought the curry was reaaaaaaally good.
Ten-don – $5.50
Prawn and vegetable tempura with egg omelette on rice
The Ten-don also had carrot strips, pieces of seaweed, onions, eggplant and a slice of red capsicum. When I asked Chris for his debut taste analysis on this blog, he said that it had “late harvest cranberry undertones with a strong finish”.
I think he’s been reading too many wine reviews…. (it didn’t actually taste like cranberry at all)
Unatama don – $5.50
Eel with egg omelette on rice
This was also served with carrot and seaweed strips and onions. The eel was nice, but I’ve definitely had better unagi before (but then I think I’m just a fan of the sauce). The scrambled eggs were deliciously fluffy, and the entire dish hinted of soy sauce.
It was no surprise when Jenny, the uber pig, ordered two of the Happy Hour meals and couldn’t finish either of them …even though she couldn’t stop ranting about the egg throughout the whole meal.
And so basically the deal with Happy Hour (10.30am – 2pm, or 3pm – 5.30pm) at Daruma is that there is a GOOD selection of dishes that you can get for $5.50! Most places’ happy hours usually consist of really tiny portions, but our resident cheapskate Girish came with us and even he gave it the seal of approval (we’re talking about the guy who reluctantly spends 30c on Maccas ice cream cones here)
Daruma Japanese Restaurant (visited on 30/04/09)
Level 1 (Prince Centre), 8 Quay Street
Haymarket NSW 2000 Sydney
Ph: 9281 2889 Fax: 9281 2890