Kuni’s, 56 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne. Phone: 9663 7243
This particular foray to the CBD is about nothing more than spending Grandma’s money on a much-desired comic book.
Bennie’s accepts with good grace my point that perhaps a book or even an electronic game would be a better and more long-lasting present than a comic book – even if it is one that has won a Pulitzer Prize.
Accepts with good grace if note an entirely convincing display of agreement.
The first likely shop we enter does not have the desired item in stock, the second one does.
By the time we’ve made our way from Flinders Street Station to Spring Street, we’ve been up and down many laneways and in and out of many book and record shops just for the fun of it.
I’m somewhat amazed we’ve done so with me keeping my credit card in my wallet.
We stop for a coffee at Pelligrini’s and then it’s most certainly time for lunch.
We both love them.
But as far as I am aware, he’s never dined in a swish CBD Japanese eatery.
Kuni’s seems to get mentioned less than some others when it comes to naming Melbourne’s more venerable Japanese restaurants.
As a one-time regular customer, I’m not sure why that is.
On the basis of our wonderful lunch, my affection for the place is only enhanced – the tranquil elegance, the service, the very good food and its pricing are a real kick.
We stick to the compact meals offered on the lunch list, Bennie’s selection pretty much a given considering his fascination for all things bento.
After slurping up his fine miso soup, he tucks with relish into his bento of the day ($19) of beef teriyaki, sashimi, tempura and some salady things.
It’s cost a few bucks more than a bento deal might in less storied and more cheap-eats style Japanese places, but the quality is there.
My own tempura lunch deal ($22) also begins with miso soup along with marinated bean sprouts and a beaut chawanmushi.
There’s not a lot of content in my savoury custard, but it’s so silky and sensual, I simply do not care.
My tempura offering is superb – as good as I’ve had, hot, ungreasy and featuring a wealth of vegetables and seafood.
In addition, I get spinach with a sesame dressing and some pickled zucchini.
What a simple and lovely lunch it’s been for two lads leg-weary from retail therapy!
Check out the Kuni’s website here.