izakaya chuji lonsdale st melbourne

Izakaya Chuji proudly pronounces that it’s been operating since 1989. It must be doing something right if it’s still going strong after 20 years, despite a rather dingy interior (and increasing in dinginess the further away from the window you are) and no-frills service.

izakaya chuji lonsdale st melbourne

At lunch time the 50s diner-like setup is full of office workers and Asian students chowing down on the bento box set. Basically it’s a tick-a-box option – you choose something from A, B, C and D and it all comes with rice and miso soup for $14.50.

izakaya chuji lonsdale st melbourne

I chose the beef sukiyaki, nigiri sushi, soba noodles and on C’s recommendation, gyoza. I’m normally a bit a-feared of solid, tasteless gyoza but these were lightly fried dumplings, with the juicy filling encased in a thin pastry. My shreds of beef was a bit dry and C’s plump pieces of teriyaki chicken looked much better. The soba noodle and sushi was nice, but non-descript.

I can’t say that each item on its own was spectacular, but in combination the bento box set at Izakaya Chuji was good value and worth the trip.

For other Japanese lunch sets in the city, try Yu-u or Shoya.

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