Wasshoi Sunshine West, 1-9 The Avenue, Sunshine West. Phone: 7020 7966
If driving into these parts of Sunshine West is an unusual occurrence for Team CTS, then …
… heading this way for Japanese food at a restaurant that is open for lunch on a Wednesday is positively surreal.
Wasshoi Sunshine West is tucked into a rather unlovely conglomeration of businesses at the corner of The Avenue and Fitzgerald Road, within earshot of the Ring Road.
Before its arrival, we had been unaware of the sibling business in Prahran and the fame of its founder, Ikuei Arakane, and his role in Iron Chef.
Well, yes – of a kind.
There’s no sushi, sashimi or chawanmushi here.
There’s not even chopsticks – we are provided wood sporks with which to navigate our lunches.
And the basic menu (see below) features what look like banh mi.
Wendy, the sparkly and very welcoming boss lady, suggests the fare is “Japanese street food”.
Hey, that’ll do us!
Eat-in facilities are of a basic fast-food variety, but perfectly fine.
Miso soup is advertised in a sign on the counter as costing $3.
But we suspect that just about everyone who comes in during these early times – our lunch takes place on the shop’s fourth day – is getting a complementary cup by doing the social media “like” routine.
In any case, it’s perfect and delicious.
There’s three don/rice dishes available – beef, chicken and pork.
I go with the pork belly ($15.90).
Bennie chooses the beef brisket ($15.90).
We enjoy our lunches.
The meat is very good – definitely a step up from what usual expectations may be for this kind of fare in this kind of fast-food setting and location.
Though I reckon the pork has the upper hand in terms of tender and tasty.
The kimchi is OK, but rather bland.
There is one simple change that could lift these meals from merely to good to verging-on-great – ditch the iceberg lettuce and replace it with shredded cabbage!