Taketori Fusion Japanese, Melbourne

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on September 10, 2013

A few weeks back I was lucky enough to have been invited by Annie, co-owner of Taketori Japanese Fusion to dine at their newly established restaurant on busy King St. Whenever I hear ‘fusion’ I don’t know what to expect. It turns out that Taketori serves up fancy bistro style modern Japanese dishes, a little [...]


Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe, Melbourne

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on July 29, 2013

In a city with no shortage of sushi joints, you’d need to have a point of difference to make it to the top. Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe does this well.


Sake Restaurant & Bar, Melbourne

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on March 11, 2013

Since I started the liquor business I haven’t really had the time to visit the city much so I was enwrapped when I was invited to sample the menu at Sake Restaurant & Bar one summers night a few weeks ago at the newly revamped Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre.


Monga Izakaya (sweets & sake bar), Glen Waverley

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on January 15, 2013

It was not long ago that Yuye and I were discussing just what restaurants Glen Waverley needed. It’s starting to turn into Malaysia town with my favourite Hong Kong style cafe, Star East Cafe, closing not too long ago. What’s opening in its place I hear you ask? Pappa Rich that’s what. So hence my [...]


Wabi Sabi Garden, St Kilda

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on November 29, 2012

The Japanese culture heavily embraces Buddhism and thus Buddhist teachings. One of the concepts that was derived from its teachings is the acceptance of all things ‘imperfect, impertinent and incomplete’, also known as ‘wabi sabi‘ in Japanese. Wabi sabi is an aesthetic that considers imperfect things beautiful, such as an unfinished, rough or unsymmetrical object, [...]


Gaijin Lunch Bar, Melbourne CBD

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on November 6, 2012

I always have trouble finding restaurants to dine at on Friday nights. Being as indecisive as I am (and the rest of my friends too), we always tend to leave things to ‘fate’. There was one week when we finally decided on a restaurant only to find out when we arrived that the menu has [...]


Nama Nama, Melbourne – Japanese lunch fare

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on September 13, 2012

Nama Nama is a Japanese cafe that has recently opened along Spring St just overlooking Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens. Being a sibling to the popular Izakaya Den together with Hihou, a Japanese bar just above it, I expected great and wonderful things during our meal to which it delivered. Nama Nama is only open for [...]


Horoki Casual Dining & Bar, Melbourne CBD

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on August 10, 2012

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while would probably know that I’ve been to Japan quite a few times. I’m not sure why I keep going back there, even though my relatives and friends warn me about the dangers still lingering after the big Tokyo earthquake in 2011. Yuye and [...]


Gypsy & Pig (Japanese restaurant), Melbourne

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on July 20, 2012

It’s the greatest feeling when I find a restaurant that I can say after a meal ‘yes, that’s exactly how I imagined it to be’ or even better, when it exceeds my expectations. It’s also a fantastic feeling when I realised I’ve finally found a restaurant that makes something authentic which I crave for all [...]


I’m an avid lover of ‘fun’ meals where cooking or serving food involves more active participation from customers (such as hotpot or Korean bbq where it’s mostly DIY) or a meal where we get to watch some sort of ‘show’ in front of us. The latter can be said for teppanyaki restaurants as talented chefs [...]