At the Southern Cross Station end of Collins Street is an unassuming Japanese Cafe, with a random name, that is an awesome spot for lunch if you are in the city. It's got a quirky, funky atmosphere with an eclectic decor mix including a huge stuffed toy octopus, 'flower' art installation made of electrical cords and Japanese rock band posters.
The food reflects the vibe in this place, it's fresh and tasty, healthy and unpretentious. There's a creativity about it as well, it's not your standard Japanese menu, they're not afraid to mix it up a bit. The brown rice sushi and teriyaki chicken burger for starters are some of my favourites. They've also got a range of different and unique desserts of all sorts of flavours and colours, including green tea truffles and strawberry soufflé mini cheesecakes.
The best things about Purple Peanuts, in terms of a business day lunch, is it's super fast and decently priced. Although the queue often looks long, the staff are very efficient and orders are dished out at great speed. This means that you can nip out for a takeaway that is tasty, you don't feel guilty or sluggish afterwards, and you can get back to the office before the boss notices you're gone.