While their wide range of sushi on the "train" is the focal point of the restaurant, Konnichiwa also has a decent selection of hot food that can be eaten by themselves or together with the sushi. During our visit, we ordered the Chicken Katsu Curry, Pork Katsu Curry, Vegetable Tempura Udon, Takoyaki and Karaage.
Vegetable Tempura Udon (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The udon noodles in the Vegetable Tempura Udon were cooked to al dente and the soup had the right amount of flavour without being too salty. The tempura was fried to golden brown and was a good contrast to the udon noodles. My mother would have liked the tempura to be presented separately from the udon so it remains crispy through the meal. A version with Prawn Tempura is also available for those who prefer seafood.
Chicken Katsu Curry (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Both the Chicken and Pork Katsu (bread crumbed) in their Curry Donburi (bowl) were cooked just right with the crisp coating contrasting well with the meat. The curry sauce helped to bring out the flavour of the cutlets and we would have like a bit more sauce to make the dish more delectable.
Pork Katsu Curry (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Their Takoyaki (octopus balls) was served piping hot with the characteristic chewy texture that is expected from the dish. The topping of Takoyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise and bonito flakes helped to bring out its flavour.
Takoyaki (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Karaage (chicken) was cooked to perfection with just the right amount of gingery flavour to make it delicious. It was served on a bed of spinach leaves to add a refreshing element to the dish.
Ambience of the restaurant was quite cosy with a good amount of seating space around the sushi train. There was a wall of personal photographs of Japanese places and we had a lovely chat with the staff about the places that we had been during our holidays. A good amount of parking space is located on Gouger Street, with off-street parking available in the U Park located within walking distance of the restaurant.
Jonathon,I do not know if you have tried the Ramen and Himeji Izakaya in Grote St. opposite Coles;which in my humble opinion is an excellent place to dine and the service is good and has a real Japanese ambiance and the crockery is first class,imported from Japan.Merry Xmas...I enjoy reading your reviews...well done!