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Published January 11th 2015
A Japanese Rice Bar for a taste of Japan
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Rice Workshop at Knox Shopping Centre


Looking for the kebab shop in the food-hall for dinner after the movies at Knox shopping centre, I find that it's been replaced by a Japanese rice bowl shop called Rice Workshop. I was immediately impressed because it didn't look like the regular Japanese food-hall shops I was used to like Sushi Sushi. It looked a tad more exciting, with generous serves and well priced. The 'sides' behind the glass counter also carried something a little different like squid Okonomiyaki and a few other food items plus individually wrapped Japanese sweets.



Rice Workshop are only just starting to branch out into the suburbs I'm told by the young lady behind the counter and this one at Knox City Shopping Centre has only been here since October 2014, just 3 months ago. Wish I had known about opening day as they were offering buy 1 get 1 free for the day plus sweets. Oh well. This time, by the time I got there it was getting close to closing so there was not a lot left behind the glass counter. What was left was being offered at buy 2 get a 3rd 'sides' free. I settled on a large sized Ontama Beef for $9.70 ($8.50 for regular size) which was enough to share with my daughter, plus 2 skewers of Okonomiyaki and 1 of chicken (part of the buy 2 get a 3rd free bargain) for around $2 - $2.80 per skewer.



There was plenty enough food in the bowl to fill both of us. However I do warn you that there's a lot of rice (slightly more than half the bowl) and I found that the topping of a soft egg, some vegetables and their signature beef was not enough to cover all that rice. Once I realised though, I went up to the counter and doused my rice with a combination of chilli and soy sauce so it wouldn't be dry and mixed the rest of the ingredients through it and it was perfect; everything evenly distributed. I'll be going back for sure to try out their other dishes like tofu curry, salmon, tofu salad, tempura prawn udon and grilled chicken curry to name a few of the huge variety they seem to have. Check out their website.

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Why? Japanese food
When: Regular shopping hours
Where: Westfield Knox shopping centre, 425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South, VIC
Cost: $2 to $2.80 for skewers and $8 to $10 for meals
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