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Konbini Cafe

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Published October 24th 2020
A convenient cafe for Japanese snacks
7-Eleven, Family Mart and Lawson in Japan are more than convenience stores. To someone who grew up thinking of 7-Eleven as a bleary-eyed 3am stop in Melbourne for Shapes, Coke and maybe a pastie, convenience stores, or konbiniensu sutoru in Japan are a different experience entirely.

Konbini Katsu Sando Sandwich Japan Convenience Store
Konbini


Konbini Katsu Sando Sandwich Japan Convenience Store
Blackboard


To me, that unknowable, kaleidoscopic world of bento boxes, onigiri, dizzyingly airy and creamy cakes and fried delicacies is a wonderland. It's almost impossible to choose between a perfect egg sandwich, a fruit salad sandwich, a Mochifuwa pancake or some crunchy karaage chicken versus some ramen with the addition of various toppings or crispy tempura under a warmer.

Konbini Katsu Sando Sandwich Japan Convenience Store
Konbini


Konbini, in the Railway Station Ramp leading into Adelaide Railway Station, makes the choice easy.

Konbini Katsu Sando Sandwich Japan Convenience Store
Inside


Previously specialising in delicious coffee, onigiri and tarts, the redesigned space now features a small sitting area.

Konbini Katsu Sando Sandwich Japan Convenience Store
Coffee Machine


Stepping into the hole-in-the-wall cafe, one is greeted by the menu for the day featuring a katsu sando (sandwich) which is the cafe's specialty, a cup of Japanese fried chicken, or a cheeseburger.

Konbini Katsu Sando Sandwich Japan Convenience Store
Katsu Sando


The katsu sando is, much as one would expect, a seasoned pork chop in a sandwich, done well. Panko crumbed and deep-fried, the chop's salty, juicy, umami richness is contrasted with creamy mayonnaise, tangy tonkatsu sauce and crispy shredded cabbage in a crustless slice of thick and pillowy bread.

Some hand cut potato crisps, made translucent, glassy and with a shattering crunch are a welcome component on the side.

Konbini Katsu Sando Sandwich Japan Convenience Store
Katsu Sando


If you're passing through the Railway Station between 7am and 3pm on a weekday and have a few minutes to spare, a filling snack at Konbini to-go with their always excellent coffee may hit the spot.
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Why? For a sustaining snack
When: 7am to 3pm on weekdays
Where: Railway Station Ramp, Shop 4/125 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: $12 for a Katsu Sandwich or Cheeseburger, $5 for a cup of fried chicken
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