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Published August 7th 2016
Pop in for a satisfyingly cheap meal in the city
Located on the top level of Market City in Sydney's bustling Chinatown, Poporo Takeru is a Japanese restaurant that serves a variety of authentic and affordable Japanese food from generous bento boxes to ramen.
On a relatively quiet Wednesday night, we easily found a spot on an elevated seating area. It was a spacious restaurant with comfortable lounge seats. We were quickly rewarded our menus and hence, began our perusal of the many available options.
What first captivated my attention was the Japanese-styled pizza which was highlighted as one of their No.1 signature dishes. I was then drawn to the Omu-soba which was essentially noodles wrapped by an omelette. This was something I definitely wanted to try and so I ordered the chicken omu-soba.
I was very pleased by the overall presentation of my chicken omu-soba as the noodles were half-enclosed by the soft omelette which was sprinkled with seaweed. It was a very generous serving which I found difficult to complete. The chicken and noodles were both very well flavoured. However, I would have preferred to have had more chicken in my meal as I was left with only noodles and egg at the end of my dish. However, for the mere price of $11.90, it was a very satisfying dining experience.
The doria, which I discovered, was in fact, rice that was covered in cheese and a creamy white sauce which is then grilled to a wonderfully golden brown colour. The cheesy rice was unique and quite flavoursome. As it came in a stone plate, parts of the rice were nicely crisp, resembling the bottom of a bibimbap.
Another friend of mine had a half-size dish which was a cheaper and smaller option for those who were less hungry.
Fried Green tea ice-cream
Last but not least, we shared a green tea fried ice cream dessert. The dessert would have been more enticing if the layer of bread crumbs was not as thick as to allow more green tea ice cream to shine through in the dessert.
Overall, it was quite an enjoyable experience that is attractive to those on a budget.