I just can't resist pictures of food. Ebi may have a snazzy digital photo frame in the window that scrolls through shots of its dishes, but Sekai made my heart flutter with its total sensory overload of pics!
Complimentary tea is forthcoming when you sit down. I don't think it's run by Japanese people (the menu has some oddities like wonton noodle soup), but then again, neither is Ebi, and it doesn't detract from the deliciousness at that particular restaurant.
Yasai udon, $8
I so wanted to follow in the footsteps of the Ramen Hunters, but I couldn't go past the yasai udon. For a long time, every time I went to the city I would eat this at one of the Japanese cafes along Swanston St. Udon are thick wheat noodles, and in this particular soup they come topped with a variety of vegetables. It is delicious and makes me feel virtuous, although I must say the MSG burn afterwards at many places is disappointing. The soup here was good. The noodles were a little overcooked and the broth could have done with more punch, but the toppings were really quite nice.
These gyoza were great, though! The filling was a spunky mix of pork, cabbage, and ginger, and their bottoms were so crispy and delightful.
The prices here just can't be beat - most things are $10 and under. It's certainly not the best Japanese in Melbourne, but it's fun to have a different option when you're out doing your shopping. I like that it opens out on to the market, and I hope that people that may not otherwise shop there enjoy the experience of it as they eat their lunch.
In other Footscray news, Thai Tho is closing down and a Korean BBQ joint opening in its place. Excitement plus!!! I'm bummed I never got to try Thai Tho, but it mustn't have been that mind-blowing then, right?
Sekai Japanese Ramen
Shop 194, 81 Hopkins St, Footscray (map)
Phone: 9687 1088
Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-8pm