Sunday, June 01, 2008


Courtesy of Wikepedia I can inform you that Japonica means "of Japan", or "Japanese", in Latin
Japonica is a common name for species or hybrids of flowering quince.

Japonica is a short-grain variety of rice (Oryza sativa subsp. japonica).
Japonica (butterfly) is a genus of the Theclinae subfamily of butterflies
The restaurant Japonica is in William St round the corner from Toorak Rd., close to Sth Yarra railway station, the address being Shop 6, 180 Toorak Rd. This small restaurant serves a rapidly changing clientelle who may eat in or take away.
It has a reasonable range of dishes and I tried several entrees and main courses.
There was nothing to 'write home about', but except for the grilled ox tongue, which was exceptionally tough and chewy, every thing was quite acceptable. Eggplant stuffed with chicken mince was very nice 'tho I've had better, grilled tofu was pleasant enough, salt and pepper calamari was very good, Udon tempura with prawn and vegetables was so salty it had to be diluted but was then good and a substantial serve of a sea food platter noodle dish was packed with seafood and good value.
A doryake dessert - pancake stuffed with red bean paste served with icecream and strawberries was well worth a miss!
Unfortunately a couple of tables of shrieking women and the bare utilitarian atmosphere makes this an eating experience not a dining experience.
Price: I spent $85 with a couple of rather ordinary glasses of wine

]Comments: This is a food shop selling quite good Japanese food at very reasonable prices
Score: 12.75/20

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