Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hanaichi @ QV Square, Melbourne

There is something about eating carbohydrates in cold weather, hot fluffy rice, drenched in whatever sauce it may be. So last week, when i met up with my sister for lunch, all i had longed for was either some hot ramen or good old rice. Being the good old Malaysian she is, when it comes to hanging out, she holes up in the two shopping centres in the Melbourne CBD.  So when i asked where to eat? The only places she eats at has to be obviously housed in either QV or Melbourne Central.
Hanaichi was where we were going for lunch. That particular afternoon was terribly windy and cold and at the entrance, the girl was handling out samples of their katsu curry rice. Rich and creamy, freshly fried pork and fluffy rice grains, i was tempted but i simply had to have my comfort food, the katsudon. 

This was good, maybe it was the crazy cold weather or it is the undeniably good combination of deep fried pork chop, egg, onions and the sweet soya sauce sitting on a bed of white rice. Despite serving it in a paper bowl, i had no qualms with finishing it to the last grain. Quite a value meal for students as the regular portion is only AUD 6.80.

The Chicken Teriyaki Don didn't look as pleasing as the katsudon but i am sure it was as delicious as this was emptied out pretty damn fast. 

Funnily, the cheapest drink in the whole fridge at AUD 2.40 for a very decent bottled tea to complete the meal (under their own brand too).

Pretty decent food for the cold weather, but not too sure i would say the same for summer though when you probably want something lighter on the palate. One recommendation is their curry katsu rice, when i had their sample, it was quite mind blowing good.


QV Square, 
Cnr Swanston &, Lonsdale St, 

Next to Max Breners
Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. A wholesome meal with japanese flavours for i must say an affordable price.
Hanaichi (Qv Sq) on Urbanspoon


Sean said...

Hey, it looks and sounds like something u could probably whip up in your kitchen too (for your recipe series, if u branch away from western and Chinese cuisine)
Strangely, what I like to eat during cold weather is ice cream :D

qwazymonkey said...

Hey, I know this place! I like the other cafe that's facing the main road, right below the asian grocer. Can't remember its name though.

U know what I love most about cold weathers? The hot showers!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

qm: yeah man tell me abt the showers..shiok!

sean: i might, need to get the sauces though, can't make from scratch..

Grazia Amethyst Lim said...

They have proper Jap restaurant, serving various types of sushi and Jap snacks in Brisbane city. Probably my first "real" Jap food in Aussie..hehehe!

But of course, there is another "stall" in a food court selling the stuff that u ate. Decent and not too bad. =)

(Psst.. in case u cant get a full time job, try considering taking their franchising.. Yes, they do franchise.)

Michelle Chin said...

I have never eaten at Hanaichi before but I know that there's a good katsu place at port philip arcade on flinders st

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Sure looks good from where I'm sitting!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: haha it does even from where i am too!

michelle: thank for the tip! will check it out.

grace: thats bcos of the huge jap population, i loved the jap food i had up in cairns. i dont have capital for franchising..

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Hehe. All d pictures senget same direction. :-D

PureGlutton said...

I'm sure that bowl of katsudon really warmed yr tummy, hehe! Yumms!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pureglutton: yes it did alright!

ll: my style mah..signature..

boo_licious said...

my kinda comfort food. if u want recipe, can send to u. Just email me.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

boo: recipe? cool! i will email u..