Obviously moving over to Melbourne, we need to start with a fresh piece of paper.
While the Izakaya Chuji that we went to was in the city, I was glad to read that they have another outlet in South Melbourne. The "isn't too far away" requirement? Checked.
Was "suit our palates" met? I think so from what we ordered that night.
The slight problem would be the "doesn't cost too much" factor. Our meal for 2 cost almost 60 dollars while our standard meal is usually in the region of 30-40 dollars. Although that being said, if I had omitted dishes like sashimi and sushi, the bill should be just right.
The ox tongue pan fried in butter. The problem I have with ox tongue served at korean bbq is that they slice it too thin and you don't get that bite. Here it is sliced much thicker and there's a bit more chewing (not that its tough, its tender). Loved it.
Whats there not to love about deep fried chicken (tori karaage) except for the extra inch on your waist?
The Nasu Dengaku is one dish that I can never get right at home. I have probably given up and with Izakaya Chuji I can always get my fix here. The only glitch about this is the generous slashing of sweet miso sauce.
The sushi was alright but I think the selections were a bit safe and there wasn't anything that would make you say "hey what's that?"
I think the same applied to the sashimi. Having sat at the sushi table, I was quite disappointed to see that all the sashimi had been pre sliced and all there was to be done was assembling. I don't know if the concept of juices running out / drying out if you did that for steak would apply here but I wished they slice according to order.
So apart from being disappointed by the more expensive items (which I guess is a good thing), I think we have found a pretty good gem here for some basic japanese items (there's a lot more on the menu which we can't wait to try).
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Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. It is almost exactly what we were looking for, let's see if we can keep our next meal to AUD20 a person.