I’ve found another Japanese place that I have fallen in love with outside of the city – all thanks to my cousin’s recommendation. YAY! Neighbouring to Kagen Japanese Family Restaurant in the Newington Market Place is Homaru. It is a cute little happy restaurant filled with natural light.
Their menu is quite extensive and we spend ages figuring out what to order. The best thing about Japanese food is that it can be shared. This means more variety of food amongst us – woo hoo.
I adore this tiny jug of soy sauce and plate. It’s so pretty and suitable for the restaurant.
I love me a good seaweed salad. It’s light and refreshing. I love how the seasame seeds give the salad a nutty flavour and some texture.
Mmm how can you go wrong with deep fried balls of squid covered with japanese mayonaise? I get way too excited and eat them before cooling down. Bad idea because the juices inside and a bit of the oil spits out on my lips and in the mouth – ouch. Luckily it tastes so good I continue eating.
When it comes to Gyoza, I usually opt for the steamed gyoza but this time there was no choice. It was golden and crunchy on the outside and the innards (pork and vegetable) were soft (not mushy) and flavourful. Delicious!
Any sort of deep fried chicken fully covered in japanese mayo is a match made in heaven for me. This chicken kara-age is deep fried in a gorgeous batter which leaves the chicken juicy yet fulfills that crunchy outside. We were so tempted to order another 2 plates…
I’m not the biggest fan of sashimi but I must say that the salmon was devine. It was lovely and fresh. Funny story – when we got the bill, this dish was seen as “ass sashimi” haha I couldn’t help but laugh.
King Prawn Tempura Roll
The name King Prawn definitely caught everyone’s eye. Sadly the name didn’t mean much. It tasted like an ordinary tempura prawn sushi roll with cucumber and avocado.
The sushi that I always order without fail. The soft shell crab innards were cripsy and warm – the way all spider rolls should be served.
This is the first time that I’ve had an okonomiyaki. As soon as I noticed it on the menu I was going to place an order for it. It was absolutely delicious. It’s like a big fritter that has lots of chicken and vegetables with a crumbed outside. It was cripsy on the outside and had fluffy innards with mass amount of japanese mayo and sauce on top. So so good.
When eating Japanese, it’s the udon (or ramen) that I crave for. I love the broth because it’s so clean and tasty. Being greedy pigs, we all ordered an udon each (I think it was my idea because I wasn’t inclined to share). It came out sizzling hot with fresh chicken katsu. I do wish my chicken came separately as it got soggy the longer I left in in there. To be honest, I think the udon soup is better at Kagen down the road, but this place still does it very well.
We walked out of that restaurant rubbing our bellies and needing to be rolled back to the car. What a great feed!
Shop C7 Ave Of Europe
Newington, NSW 2127