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Published March 28th 2016
Ku-O should be at the top of your to-do list
Nestled amongst the traditional Asian fare in Market Square, Sunnybank, sits this gem of a Japanese restaurant. While most of the surrounding restaurants present Asian fare in typical, run-of-the-mill settings, walking into Ku-O feels like walking into a hipster Japanese cafe, right off the streets of Tokyo. The quaint wooden booths and semi-open kitchen is comforting and cosy. Ku-O has really put the effort into creating this atmosphere, with Japanese ephemera hanging from the ceiling and tiny terrariums dangling between tables. Even the wood for the booths is authentic, having been imported directly from Japan.
The menu is a fairly standard Japanese selection - Katsu Curry, Karaage, Gyu Don, and they can be accompanied by some pretty exciting frappe style drinks. The lychee twist frappe is exceedingly good, and dining companions have also enjoyed the Taro Blues and the iced green tea.
The food here is genuinely delicious. The Gyu Don was one of my highlights. It had a wonderful tangy flavour, and the stringy beef was lean and delicious. I can also recommend the Chicken Katsu Don, though in the end I regretted not choosing my usual Katsu Curry, as the Katsu Don was not saucy enough to my taste.
The frappes are also excellent, though be warned, attempting to consume an entire frappe and a main meal has proven consistently impossible for me every time. The food also comes with free accompaniments of tofu and a small garden salad, so you can be certain you won't go home hungry.
Ku-O has been a great experience for me every time. Sunnybank can provide a world of interesting culinary experiences and it's definitely worth exploring, but I can definitely say the Ku-O is one of my highlights. The service is friendly, attentive and speedy, the food delicious and exceptional value and the cafe itself is well design and lovely. Surrounded by an overwhelming variety of Asian restaurants, Ku-O is a traditional Japanese cafe that I will always feel comfortable in.