I Dream Of Sushi, 6 Margaret Street, Moonee Ponds. Phone: 9375 7951
I Dream Of Sushi is a brand new – Nat and I hit it for lunch on opening day – Japanese joint tucked just around the corner from Puckle Street, with a branch of Yim Yam and a fine fish and chippery nearby.
As this is his work nighbourhood, Nat has been watching developments with great interest as he sometimes gets cranky with despair and boredom concerning the same old same old lunchtime routines hereabouts.
The place is done in cheerful cafe style and the staff are on the go and smiling.
I suspect that, not unlike another Japanese CTS favourite, I Dream Of Sushi delivers sushi rolls not out of any great passion about doing so but because to do otherwise would be commercial suicide.
In any case, he and I happily focus on the rest of the menu (see below), which covers a tight but appealing range of smaller dishes and a line-up of rice bowls.
We do real good.
My miso soup ($3.50) is regulation but very good, with deep miso flavour.
Gyoza ($6.50), too, are orthodox but also yummy with a nice garlickiness.
Tofu salad ($10) is a winner and just the sort of light, healthy lunch I’ve been desiring.
The greens, tomatoes, cucumber and radishes are super-fresh and the dressing tangy.
Nat is very happy with his salmon sashimi (12 pieces for $10).
But it’s his teri may don ($12) of “tender chicken thigh cooked in sweet soy on steamed rice w/- Japanese may” that does it for him.
“I’ve hit the bullseye,” he happily proclaims.
I Dream Of Sushi is pitching itself cleverly for the local lunch market – it’ll do fine.
And, yep, Nat will be back.
As we are wrapping things up, we get talking to Catherine and Barb, for whom this is a family affair – they could hardly be prouder of what Acko, Yagu, Miho and Con are doing!