After last night’s dinner date with my girlfriends, today it was my lunch date with my hubby and son. I saw a picture that a friend put up on this killer salmon sashimi and sushi set and I was so keen to try it out.
We found it at Is Donburi on William St which is a new(ish), popular Japanese haunt in Northbridge, near Roe Street. I must warn you that this place is tiny in size and we were lucky enough to find a table in the arcade.
The inside dining area is pretty funky with an assortment of low and high tables, plus counter benches with a mixture of wood and metal. The wall is covered with wallpaper that had all different words associated with the cuisine printed in different fonts. It looks fresh, funky and yet nice and simple. For a small space, they manage to maximise their use of it.
When we sat down, we were provided with complimentary cups of green tea. The menu is quite extensive but the one that caught my eye was the chef’s tasting salmon platter. This platter was made up of fresh salmon sashimi, salmon sushi, grilled salmon sushi, avocado sushi, salmon & avocado roll and salmon baby roll. I absolutely loved it! Such a variety of different things to eat and the salmon used was fresh too.
One Japanese starter that John & I love is the Takoyaki balls. Takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special takoyaki pan. It is typically filled with diced octopus (tako). Takoyaki are brushed with takoyaki sauce, similar to Worcestershire sauce, and mayonnaise. The takoyaki is then sprinkled with green laver and shavings of dried bonito.
Another Japanese favourite of ours is the beef tataki with mixed salad, lemon zest topped with onion & ponzo dressing. Here, I thought the beef was a little on the cold side like it had pre-made and sat it in the fridge until someone ordered it. It was probably the disappointing bit of our lunch.
John ordered the Chicken Katsu Udon with seaweed, fishcake, spring onion & inari served with Japanese bread crumbed crispy chicken. It was served in a hot pot, keeping its contents warm while you ate it.
I would definitely recommend Is Donburi, the food is the highlight and will be back to try other items on their menu. You really can’t complain about the service with it being so casual. They kinda forget about you if you’re sitting in the arcade bit and you have to pay with your order. Is Donburi is a casual eatery that serves inexpensive, tasty Japanese food.
On the whole, 8 for food quality, 8 ½ for pricing ($50 for meal), 8 for atmosphere and 8 for service.
Is Donburi William Street
10/189 William Street
Tel: 08 9328 2621
Open for lunch and dinner
Closed on Tuesdays