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September 21, 2011

Takeru- CBD

A little while long time ago, my friend took me to try Takeru- a Japanese restaurant most known for its ‘half portion’ items. I love the idea of half portions, as it means you can order double the normal number of dishes you’d normally order! Unfortunately, this still didn’t help with picking items from the menu because there was too much that I wanted to try!


Tuna Sashimi Rice (half portion)

We decide to order two things to share and two to eat by ourselves. My friend picks the Tuna Sashimi rice which is a beautiful dish of warm rice below generous mound of tuna cubes, topped off with a drizzle of mayonnaise and tobiko. The tuna is quite fresh and beautifully coloured. My previous experiences with sashimi rice dishes have often involved some interesting sauces, so I was surprised at the simpleness of this one. Nevertheless, it is quite a tasty and satisfying dish, if a little less exciting than anticipated.

Tonkotsu Ramen

We order the ramen to share, and I’ll admit that I’m not much of a ramen critic but I found this ramen to be quite enjoyable. The broth is extremely rich and tasty, and I found myself drinking plenty of it (I don’t usually drink ramen broths!). 


Baked eel with rice (half portion)

Being a sucker for grilled eel, I order the baked eel with rice, which is consists of pieces of grilled eel and cheese sauce with a layer of melted cheese on top, presented nicely on a hot plate. Whilst I find the flavour combination interesting, the saltiness cheese sauce overpowers the simpler tastes of the grilled eel. The sauce is deliciously tasty though, and I don’t mind eating it (especially with the crispy baked cheese) separately to the eel.

 

Calamari and Squid Ink Pizza
We ordered the squid ink pizza out of interest- I’ve never had squid ink before, so I was quite excited to taste it for the first time. The squid ink is more liquid-y than the usual pizza sauces, and along with the fact that the pizza is cut into large quarters, makes this pizza pretty messy to eat. I was disappointed to find that the squid ink had very little taste and that the base was not quite as crispy as I would have liked. Nevertheless, it was a fun and exciting dish I enjoyed eating and would not hesitate to order it again!Takeru on Urbanspoon

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12 Comments

  • Juliana

    Von, I love Japanese food, and the sad thing is that I have not had any lately…everything looks delicious, and glad that you had a great time.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 21, 2011 at 7:44 PM Reply
  • Tina@foodboozeshoes

    Oooh, I remember getting mini serves of Japanese food in Hong Kong. It really is a great idea as some of it's no so share friendly (ramen…)

    September 21, 2011 at 10:49 PM Reply
  • mademoiselle dรฉlicieuse

    I tend to go to Takeru in Chatswood and love the half-portion dishes! Pretty good value too, but have to agree with you that the pizza base if more soggy rather than crisp.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:21 AM Reply
  • Nic@diningwithastud

    Love the half portions! Thats a fab idea. I do love ramen so will ahve to head down

    September 22, 2011 at 4:47 AM Reply
  • Zoe

    Look like this is a great place to dine. Thanks for sharing.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:18 AM Reply
  • MaryMoh

    That's such a nice Japanese food adventure. I love all the dishes. I love the 1/2 portion idea. I would have ordered many ๐Ÿ˜€

    September 22, 2011 at 11:28 AM Reply
  • sensiblecooking

    Oh Von for that wonderful food trip. I am jealous and happy. Happy you got to enjoy such wonderful food jealous as we don't have many great restaurants around here.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:30 PM Reply
  • vianney/sweet life

    great review, I have always wanted to try baked eel!!

    September 22, 2011 at 9:43 PM Reply
  • grub

    ooh half portion sounds cool. is the price halved as well?

    they sell the tuna rice bowl at our uni haha

    September 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM Reply
  • Viv

    i used to work around here and used to come here for lunch pretty often! yummy decent fusion jap food…they have so many pizza choices too haha.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:51 PM Reply
  • Angie's Recipes

    One of my all time favourite comfort food. Mouthwatering clicks!

    September 27, 2011 at 7:11 PM Reply
  • Kristy @ cook.eat.play

    Yummm…I could live on japanese food, this looks like a feast!

    October 15, 2011 at 6:13 AM Reply
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