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Published December 3rd 2015
Japanese comfort food at Hanaichi in the Melbourne CBD
If you are looking for Japanese flavours but don't want to do sushi, head to Hanaichi at QV Square in the Melbourne CBD for some delicious rice and noodle bowl dishes.
Hanaichi is a Japanese restaurant that offers Japanese style curry, teriyaki, katsudon, and yakiniku rice bowls and udon and ramen noodle soups in three different bowl sizes. Meals are very reasonably priced with the small size bowls a good way to try out different items.
My personal favourites are the Japanese curry with crispy chicken on steamed rice garnished with pickled ginger and Kay's Chicken which consists of fried battered chicken served over a mixed salad and steamed rice topped with Japanese sweet and sour and tartar sauces (it might sound odd but, trust me, the combination works wonderfully).
Right: Japanese chicken curry, left: Kay's Chicken
The service is fast and friendly with lots of seating available in and around the restaurant. On sunny days, I like to sit at one of the communal tables on the green in QV Square and people watch while I sit and enjoy my lunch.
Once you have tried Hanaichi, you'll visit again, which I have done so often that the staff remember my order as I walk up to the counter. You might soon become a regular yourself.