I took TLG into the city today. The plan was to have lunch with Mr Curious at Din Tai Fung (TLG loves dumplings), but TLG fell asleep on the bus and there was a 40 minute wait for a table. There was a Japanese restaurant on the other side. Neither Mr Curious nor I had breakfast this morning so we decided to give it a go.
They have a similar touch screen ordering system to Takeru, but unlike Takeru they didn't give us a paper copy of the menu, so it took a while to scroll through the screens, which was a bit inconvenient.
I ordered a bento box (with "Ria" in its name, I thought there will be an online menu but they don't have a website).
There were 8 pieces of sashimi, 6 pieces of sushi, 4 pieces of tempura including 2 prawns, a salmon fillet (with sweet potato puree underneath), 6 pieces of chicken teriyaki, and a miso soup (not in photo). For the quantity of food received, it was a great bargain at $25.
I rate the food a 3/5. Nothing was wrong with any of the dishes but they were a bit pedestrian.
Mr Curious ordered a "modern" chicken katsu set ($18 from memory).
The twist of the dish was the various small treats on the side of the katsu rice bowl. There were deep-fried vegetarian "spring roll", crab stick, a slice of lotus root, rice ball covered in roe, tamago with seafood extender, a quail egg, and a few types of Japanese pickles. Mr Curious' gave it a 2.5/5 (he is usually a harder marker than I am).
I ordered a green tea shake ($6) which was all sugar syrup and no matcha flavour.
Mr Curious ordered an Oreo shake of some sort ($7.80) - he really enjoyed it, probably because of the amount of cream and chocolate in it.
Decor was modern-Japanese and the waitstaff were efficient, and the food arrived really quickly.
There are many better options for casual Japanese dining in Sydney, but it was fine for a quick lunch in the CBD, especially if you're hungry!
Shop 11.03, Level 1
644 George Street
(02) 9261 8977
P.S. The Marcs top from yesterday's post has been further reduced to $29. They didn't have it in my size at the QVB store but I'll buy it if I see it elsewhere.