Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Chikyu - Ya Japanese Cuisine


Our friends S and M had just returned from their holiday in Vanuatu and we were anxious to hear all about their island experience… and to see their fresh tans haha  =P  So what better way to catch up over dinner?  Since it was surprisingly cloudy that day, we chose to go to Chikyu-Ya.  It’s close by, easy to access and it doesn’t hurt that their food is tasty and good for value too :P hehe 
Being a small restaurant, there is often a queue at Chikyu-Ya, especially on Friday nights. So the five of us went at 5:30 to make sure we got a table (plus we were already tired from a day of shopping hehe :P ).. and in fact we were the first customers there for dinner that night! Hehe
Still pretty full from lunch, Y chose to get a green salad with tofu and topped with Chikyu-Ya’s own sesame dressing. 
Tofu Salad ($8.00)
L  was also thinking of getting the Tofu Salad as well having a late lunch herself,  but couldn’t stop eyeing the colourful sashimi . “Why not get the Kaisen Salad then?” Y suggested and the decision was made. It was a sashimi salad with mixed lettuce and Chikyu-Ya special dressing.  The raw fish were fresh and sweet, complimenting the crispy lettuce :D
Kaisen Salad ($14.00) 
J too was tossing between the various options in the end getting her favourite Potato Salad and Udon. The potato salad was made of mashed potatoes mixed together with some thinly sliced onions, carrots and cucumber. There was also a hint of pepper to it, making it extra tasty. The Japanese thick noodle was served in sweet soy sauce flavoured soup with some seaweed and shitake mushroom.  The noodles were very well cooked to a lovely chewy texture :)
Potato Salad ($6.00)
Udon ($8.50) 
On the other hand, S and M had a much easier time picking their meals, both craving for Japanese food after their trip away haha. S went with the Oyako Don- sweet soy sauce flavoured chicken, onion & egg on rice. The onions were soft and sweet, also very nicely flavoured with soy sauce that even S who normally doesn’t eat vegetables ate them too!  
Oyako Don ($11.50)
M chose the Karaage Curry- deep fried chicken and curry with rice. The karaage was cooked to perfection! The chicken was fried to golden brown and was juicy and meaty :D and the batter was just right, not too thick but not too thin either :)
Karaage Curry ($14.50) 
All the meals were very filling and the five of us decided to wait awhile before ordering J & S’s favourite green tea ice cream !!
So whilst listening to S and M’s experience of staying overnight in a hut that only had a padlock HAHHAAH, we waited for the food to digest before having dessert .
But… we didn’t expect this …
“Three Green Tea Ice Creams Please”
“Oh.. I’m sorry we have none left”
*long pause*
“Ahh…I’m very sorry..”
So we actually started making plans to go somewhere else for dessert, thinking of Igloo Zoo just around the corner in Bondi Beach… But as we were packing up and ready to get the bill when suddenly …a small  glass of green tea ice cream is placed on the centre of the table. Extremely curious, we all look up ..
“From the chef.. we only have a bit left”, our waitress explains with a smile on her face.
“THANK YOUUUUUU!!”, we chorus before digging into the smooth creamy green tea goodness =)
J thinks that the green tea ice cream here is definitely the best! The sweetness and green tea flavor are just right and the ice cream is extra creamy and smooth giving it quite a chewy texture. Thick ice cream is always better than those watery, icy ones!
Green Tea Ice Cream with Red Beans ($4.00)
Very satisfied with the end of our meal we left and went off to walk around since it was still pretty bight outside.
It was a good meal - nothing beats complimentary green tea ice cream: P 

Nibble on Nibblies ! xx 


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Bondi Junction 
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Yas @ hungry.digital.elf. said...

Ahhh good old Chikyu-ya! My friends live on the same street, and we sometime get their Wafu Hamburg! Came to think of it, I don't think I have tried anything else there LOL

and oh yes, free dish/desert ftw!

nomnomnibblies said...

haha yes free food always tastes better too :P

Anna said...

First of all I'm First of all I’m beyond jealous that you live in Sydney, it’s my favorite city in the world, I lived there before moving to the US would go back in a jiff but my hubby loves here. Looking forward to your adventures showing me what’s new in the city, and all the yummy food. :-)

Gastronomy Gal said...

The green tea ice cream looks great- if only I could eat it..! Sigh!

Amanda said...

Chikyu-ya was my weekly hangout when I was in high school! ahhh the memories

and the best karage ever!

I've almost forgotten about this place, perhaps it's time for a visit soon. Thanks!

Love love love your blog girls, keep up the great work!

chocolatesuze said...

mmm i love a good green tea icecream yum!

A cupcake or two said...

Cool blog ladies. The food is mouthwatering. I love green tea ice cream. Yummmmm

Arwen from Hoglet K said...

I'm glad you got some icecream in the end! The oyaku don sounds great too.

Gabriella said...

Dear Nomnomnibblies, I enjoyed reading about your visiting the Chikyu-Ya Japanese restaurant. I especially like how you described what each of you ordered, how it was served, and showed photos of each dish as well. I was smiling at the end when I read that the waitress did bring out a scoop of the ice cream you were all craving! That is what I call good service. There are some wonderful shots of the food and restaurant. Very professional and I will definitely be back to have a bite of more.
Thank you for sharing.
Cheers, Gaby
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