Chiba, 19 Hall Street, Moonee Ponds. Phone: 9326 0248
Consider The Sauce has checked out the smaller, takeaway-oriented Chiba joint on Puckle Street – it was, mind you, many moons ago – but never the Chiba proper on Hall Street.
I am gently encouraged by this blog’s very fine pal, Nat Stockley, who works in this neighbourhood and who has explored its nourishment offerings in forensic depth.
Chiba, he opines, offers good, solid Japanese food at good prices.
He is, as ever, entirely correct.
I order for a mid-week day-off lunch, following Nat’s suggestion, the bento.
There’s nothing adventurous about it – but it is a fine feed well done.
And at $15, it’s super cheap – especially considering it is served to me in a full-service Japanese restaurant.
You’ll pay the same – or more – in less salubrious settings and get no service for your trouble.
Good miso soup, with just green onion and tofu cubes, gets proceedings underway.
The bento itself has …
Four pieces of salmon sashimi.
A very mini mini-spring roll and two pieces of nicely-crumbed and deep-fried white fish.
Mildy flavoured and rather finely-diced chicken teriyaki.
Just OK tempura consisting of three parts vegetables and one part prawn.
If anything, the shredded cabbage under the fried fish and spring roll is the highlight, anointed as it is with a tangy, whizzed dressing of carrot, vinegar and seasonings.
A simple fruit offerings of bite-sized cubes of three different varieties melon completes my meal.
Check out the Chiba website here.