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.
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.
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.