The other day I walked past Japan City and realised something was different; the Asian homewares retail outlet now has expanded into food too with ‘Eat Street’, a mini food court featuring various Japanese delicacies. It’s nice to know that some retail outlets (eg. IKEA) are differentiating themselves by including a culinary experience as part of the shopping experience and I thought I’d check it out.
Japan City Eat Street features 6 small eateries along a winding path – a dessert bar, teppanyaki bar, noodle bar, tempura bar, sushi bar and tea house. The menu features all food items but requires you to order them individually as they are prepared by different staff. A buzzer is given similar to food courts but there is one per stall, and our table accumulates a nice little collection of buzzers. Thankfully the service is quick and they sound in no time.
Prawn Tempura (6 pieces) – $13.90
Our first dish is the prawn tempura which features succulent prawns in a light and crispy tempura batter. There is a sweet dipping sauce provided highlighting the juiciness of the prawns and is a great start to the night.
Kingfish Steak – $24.90
Next is the kingfish, served on a bed of vegetables on a hot plate. It is cooked well but I find it’s lacking marinade and sauce, and is disappointingly bland.
Wagyu Steak – $26.90
The wagyu steak comes out next and is presented similarly to the king fish. There is also a bowl of rice and miso soup accompanying this order. We requested it be cooked medium rare and I find the steak quite juicy and soft, as are the vegetables which are drizzled with a light soy sauce. However it’s not that filling and I find myself wanting more after we devour it.
Aburi Scallop Roll – $8.90
Grilled Salmon Roll – $8.90
Our last dish are some sushi rolls featuring seared salmon and scallop. Both are seared well keeping the seafood soft and juicy. The same sweet soy sauce is drizzled on both and the fillings of avocado and crab stick match the sushi roll well.
Overall the food at Japan City Eat Street is of average standard. It wasn’t amazing but there aren’t many faults either. I find the pricing on the slightly above average end compared to similar eateries and that lowers the value for me. However I’m quite impressed by the ability for a retail store to provide a dining experience as part of the package and it is sure to please customers and shoppers of the Japan City chain.
Shop 605, Westfield Shopping Centre Chatswood
1 Anderson Street, Chatswood NSW, 2067
Ph: (02) 9468 6000