I have been craving Japanese for a while. Not ramen noodles but bento box style Japanese cuisine.
As we left home, a quick scan of my brain map showed the nearest Japanese restaurants. There’s Grand Asia right above the Stone Nullah Tavern (ok but not fantastic) and the places I’ve yet to try near Wood Road (but that entails a less pleasant walk). I remembered that there is a small Japanese sushi type bar in Amoy Street near the completed Avenue development.
It was only 11am and after a session on the swings, the small person was happy to walk anywhere for some food.
The restaurant was called 魚八 or Fish Eight. It had just opened for the day and was completely empty when we stepped in. The staff were cheerful and welcomed us in. I was trying to decide which bar seats would suit us best when one of them suggested we sit upstairs at the tables.
Up a nicely decorated flight of stairs, we were offered any table we liked but the ladies responsible for service upstairs pointed us toward the corner table. Nothing like a good corner to corral an active toddler.
Upon presentation of the menu, the staff informed me that if we paid up before 1pm, we’d get a 10% discount. Sounds like perfect timing. The lunch menu was reasonably priced and more extensive than I thought.
I decided to go with the eel rice box, small person wanted noodles, so it was the udon soup for her.
As it was a lunch set, our meals came with miso soup and a bean mochi dessert.
My unaju was pretty good. Tender and a right amount of sauce. The ratio of eel to rice was also just right. The miso soup was flavourful and had a good amount of tofu, mushroom and seaweed (hate it when they skimp on that).
The udon soup was so-so, the soup base was quite thin but the pork slices were quite tender. She enjoyed the smooth noodles.
The bean mochi was sweet and small, I liked the taste and it didn’t stick to the teeth which is a thumbs up.
Overall I thought the prices reasonable for a set lunch and the atmosphere better than I had expected. The waiter was extremely diligent about topping up my glass of warm water without being asked. That in itself deserves a star for service.
Return again soon? Yes indeed.
Note: no space for prams and strollers. No high hair for kids but they do have kid friendly cutlery.