Saturday, February 12, 2011

Melbourne CBD lunch quest continued

I’m loathed to write about my quest for lunch in the Melbourne CBD. Each time I post my top three lunch spots, one falls off the perch. First Sataybar closed its nearby store. Then last time my beloved dosas dropped off the radar. Both Nila City and Sydney Road are long gone. Though the De Graves Street spot is now occupied by the sister shop to the Lygon Street fish/burger/sushi chain that includes a small selection of brown rice nori rolls.

A year or two ago I added Ume Sushi House to my lunchtime treats. Little Bourke Street isn’t usually in my city circuit but it’s now become the eatery of choice on the days that I have enough time to stroll and eat at a more leisurely pace. Nori Rolls aside, the dishes at Ume are generous and appropriately priced in the $10-15 range. Not an everyday lunch choice for me but makes a nice treat.

Though I was taken by their vegetable tempura bento for awhile, it’s just too much food to get through for me as it includes not just a generous array of tempura but also miso soup, small salads, rice AND a vegetarian nori roll.

My current treat is their chirashi sushi. There are so many variations on this dish, often translated as “scattered” sushi, that each restaurant’s version is unique. Ume’s presentation is a delight and the bonito flecked condiment in the bottom right corner (can someone tell the me the name of it?) is a tasty addition.

What's on your lunchtime menu at the moment?

Ume Sushi House
383-385 Little Bourke Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000
Open 9-5 weekdays

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Anonymous Jess said...

It is furikake.

2:14 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Domo arigato Jess. I suspect it's got msg-kake in it too, salty and addictive.

2:31 pm  
Blogger Johanna GGG said...

Oh I didn't know that nila closed in the city - the brunswick one closed but the coburg one is still open - what a shame - another city indian restaurant I used to love flora cafe just along from nila at cnr flinders and swanston streets but don't know if it is still there and can't remember if they do dosa.

My current lunch quest is to bring my own so am not helpful with what is there at the moment.

2:49 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

This version of noritama furikake (minus the egg yolk) looks good and close to the commercial one that's used.
It'd be a perfect addition to rice balls. Don't think I've made Japanese rice balls since 1992. Time to delve into my back catalogue!

3:19 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Johanna - I eat lunch out 3 days a week. It gets me away from the office, away from the phone and all the other time consuming things to do with running a small business. The days at home balance it out I reckon. Good to hear Nila is still alive and strong in Coburg. Will check it out next time I get a dosa craving.

3:21 pm  
Blogger V said...

Ume is my favourite lunchtime place for Japanese food. Nowhere else is the sushi as fresh or the meals so substantial.

4:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the post - i am in a quest for CBD lunch ideas also. join others my facebook page and share your ideas :)

10:33 am  
Blogger Marshall Stacks said...

is no 385 Lt Bourke far from Exhibition Street? I am going nuts looking for a saturday lunch place to satisfy my friend who will want glam or a high standard, and me wanting tofu. we are seeing a matinee of Zhivago at Her Majestys and travelling vast distance in the morning by train.
Ume looks good to me but how far is the walk please?

10:00 am  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

MS - between Elizabeth and Queen, near Mckillop. But sadly not open on weekends.

5:54 pm  

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