For our recent dinner date night, my husband and I decided to do something a little different. Instead of going to a noisy, busy, trendy, hipster restaurant in the city, we felt like trying out a hidden “local gem” for a fabulous, cheap and cheerful meal!
We were told about a little Japanese Take-Away Restaurant that was south of the river, Kahmon in Shelley.
I’ve heard about this place before! A number of people have told me about it; it is quite popular with the locals; it is next to a Chinese noodle lunch bar that sells excellent Nasi Lemak and Chicken Rice; and it’s under new management by people we know!
That was enough for us to pay them a visit.
We traveled deep into the suburbs and arrived around 6pm.
Even though it was the size of a take-away shop, the place had an inviting, cozy feel to it. It felt more like a homey cafe. It felt like we went over to our friends’ house for dinner!
There were also proper table and chairs, nice crockery, nice cutlery, woody furniture, stylish cushions, and free green tea!
The menu was nice and simple. Bento boxes were priced between $9.50 – $13.50. There was also curry (with rice), udon (noodles), don (rice bowl) and simple side dishes on the menu.
I sat there wondering whether I would be biased about my review of the food, because I know the owners, and I silently prayed that the food would not be terrible and mediocre – omg what would I say to them?
By the time we ordered, there were lots of people coming into the cafe to pick up their takeaway orders. That was a good sign.
There was also another family group who sat down at the table next to us.
I ordered the Prawn Katsu Bento Box ($13.50) and Miso Soup ($2), which arrived promptly and without any fuss.
It smelt great. I was so hungry that I wanted to scoff the whole thing down, but I took some time to take some close up photos first.
The prawn katsu was delicious! It was crispy, crunchy, fresh and full of flavour – yay!
The salad was lovely too. They used a mayo dressing in the cabbage instead of the regular tangy dressing and it went well with the crunchy prawns.
I ate everything! Including all the white rice! So naughty of me.
I liked that they served a bit of seasonal fruit with the box. It finished off my palate very nicely.
I can’t believe it was only $13:50!
My husband ordered the Chicken Katsu Curry ($11.50). I’m not a fan of Japanese curries, but my husband loves the stuff and he said it was great.
I stole a piece of his chicken katsu – because my weakness is deep fried chicken – and it was very yummy and fresh.
I think someone on the next table ordered Karaage (fried chicken nibbles) and I swore that I’d order that the next time.
Overall, the food was great, menu was simple, the prices were so affordable, the service was friendly, the atmosphere was lovely… it all speaks for itself, so I don’t think I’m being biased. I certainly haven’t been able to find simple and tasty Japanese Bento lunches for this price, which is why I rate it Best Value Japanese Bento in Perth!
Shop 5, 114-116 Barbican St, Shelley
Lunch: Tue – Sat 12pm – 2pm
Dinner: Tue – Thurs 5pm – 8:30pm and Fri – Sun 5pm – 9pm