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Tuesday 12 July 2016
Gaijin Bistro, Phillippa's and a trip to the city
E and I had some green tea while Sylvia had water. Then we started by sharing a bowl of edamame. They were warm and lightly salted. What bemused me was that there was nowhere to put the empty pods. Actually Sylvia thought they were hers. I thought I had edamame with a bento box so I didn't have many.
I could choose from teriyaki tofu, tempura vegetable and curried vegetables. I fancied a Japanese curry. It came topped with some huge tempura vegetables that made me feel like I was given two main dishes. No complaining there. The tempura batter was light and crisp and the curry was tasty and warming.
I was curious about the batter and asked the chef at the end of the meal. My guess was egg white but I was wrong. It was potato starch. I was relieved it wasn't egg white! And when I checked I was told that the teriyaki tofu was vegan.
The bistro is a small clean restaurant that apparently has a bigger cousin in South Yarra. I was disappointed that they have a long list of sushi but only one vegetarian one. However I was pleased with our vegetarian food and happy to find somewhere we can eat in the east end of the city.
Phillippa's city store. If I ever go past, it is hard to resist the temptation of browsing all her gorgeous biscuits and condiments. Her good are pricey but worth paying top dollar for quality. One of these days I will stop and try one of her sandwiches.
213 Russell Street, Melbourne CBD
03 8590 0425
Mon - Sun 12-9pm