Monday, January 30, 2012

Menya Oiden, Sydney CBD

Did somebody just say "cheap, self-serve Japanese food"?? My hobo heart flutters in excitement as there is so much that I like it that sentence: cheap (all meals are under $10, unless you get a lot of extra sides and drinks), self-serve (this is half true, as you still need to order and pay from the staff, but at least you can self-serve the tempura and side dishes - less human interaction, yeahhh) and Japanese (one of my fave cuisines!).

Menya Oiden specialises in rice bowl dishes, and like Menya Mappen next door, you line up at the counter with your tray, order your bowl (rice for Oiden, noodles for Mappen) with toppings like chicken, tuna, beef or curry etc., then you can self-serve your own tempura from the hot food bar and side dishes from the fridge if you choose to.

(from left) Takoyaki, small rice bowl with ontama and potato salad (Total cost: under $10)
I'm the type of person who likes to eat a little bit of everything, instead of a big bowl of one thing, so getting a small bowl of rice with different toppings and side dishes (all for under $10) made me a happy girl :-) The rice served with the ontama (soft-boiled egg), flakes and spring onion tasted quite nice. I enjoyed the takoyaki (octopus balls) which had small, chewy, real pieces of octopus inside as well as the potato salad, which was soft and creamy, with small potato chunks mixed in with the mash.

Prawn salad and Japanese curry with rice (small)

Small rice bowl with tuna flakes and ontama egg

Calpico strawberry soda, takoyaki and small teriyaki chicken rice bowl

Overall it was a satisfying meal, and everyone was happy with the food and even happier with the value!


Menya Oiden
537-551 George Street Sydney, NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9267 1368

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