Across from Market City shopping center, at the corner of Ultimo Rd and Thomas St, you’ll find Kura. Kura is a small little Japanese restaurant, that can probably seat less than 20 people. It’s definitely not the kind of place you would go to sit, eat and chat with a friend for lunch. It’s an “order your lunch, eat it, then go” kind of establishment.
Very reflective of fast food eateries in Japan, you are seated along a wooden bench with others, with minimal personal space. And don’t be surprised when they ask you to pay right after you’ve ordered, that’s quite standard in Japan as well.
Kura does have a more comfortable dining setting just upstairs, Kura Kura, which has been quite well reviewed by many. I would recommend tourists that are in the Chinatown area, to check it out if you’re craving for some Japanese food. Looking at menus online, they seem to offer the same lunch specials. But dropping in at 1:30pm on my own, I was just there to have a quick lunch and be on my way.
My memory fails me in remembering the cost of this lunch special. But I’m thinking it came in at around $15 Aud. Their menus do provide plenty of options, add-ons, pictures of each dish, and can be found posted on the front window of the restaurant. You can find many rice dish combos at around the $10 price range but I was in the mood for some sashimi, and that will always cost you a bit more than you’d like in Sydney.
This lunch special set came with miso soup, rice, a generous serving of chicken served on a bed of shredded cabbage and carrots, a wedge of orange, and three pieces of both salmon and tuna sashimi.
The chicken is served with a small dollop of Japanese mayo and the salad is dressed with the usual tangy Japanese salad dressing. You can also ask for sweet chilli sauce (an Aussie standard) if you’d like. The karaage was perfectly crisp while still moist, reminds me very much of the cups of chicken karaage you can buy at street stalls in Japan.
The sashimi was cut in decent sized portions and were very fresh in taste. My only complaint would be my usual one, I prefer my sashimi served on a bed of shredded daikon, but again, that’s not too common in Sydney it seems.
Overall:A solid place for an authentic Japanese lunch. With a variety of different lunch specials, that are fairly priced, it'll definitely make you a returning customer. Just don't expect too much in terms of dining space. It's good food, that's what matters.
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