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Published April 20th 2015
Rolls is a popular little Japanese dine-in and take-away restaurant on Carlisle Street, and what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality of food. Serving sushi, curries and noodle dishes, Rolls provides fresh food and large portions at a very competitive price, so it is no wonder that the tiny eatery is often full.
The fact that you sit shoulder to shoulder with fellow diners give the place a feel of bustle and intimacy, but also means that it is probably a restaurant better suited for couples or a small catch up with a friend, rather than your large group taking up the entire premises!
So what about the food? There is no shortage of Japanese cuisine in Melbourne, but Rolls really is a lovely restaurant serving simple, but delicious dishes at equally delicious prices. Mains average around $11 and the friendly staff do not skimp on portion either.
Their wide range of sushi serves as an ideal appetiser before your main event, of which my Japanese Udon Noodles were a beautiful concoction of steaming hot noodles and tender beef and vegetables. There is nothing sophisticated or revolutionary about the food here, but maybe that is one of the reasons why it is so good: the age old formula is wholesome, filling and tasty.
Rolls can be found at 167 Carlisle Street, Balaclava, just a short walk from Balaclava train station and served by 3, 3a and 16 trams. So if you find yourself with a rumbling stomach in St Kilda East, it might be worth dropping by.
Rolls is my family's favourite lunchtime Japanese - the food is authentic, fresh and the service from the Japanese staff always really friendly and quick. Our favourite is the Salmon Terayaki - served with rice and stirred beanshoots/carrots and salad leaves. Yum!