Takeaway Teriyaki Chicken from Ichirin Japanese in Leeming

Terriyaki chicken is one of the dishes a Japanese place should get right. To me it’s that quintessential Japanese dish you order when faced with a menu and want a safe option. 

Ichirin Japanese is a tiny venue tucked away in the ‘burbs. They do a pretty on point terriyaki chicken. Decent portion of chicken, served hot, over a bowl of rice to soak in that sticky, caramelly terriyaki sauce. I’m craving a bowl.

For $12, here’s what you get:

Taste verdict Dinner sorted. 


Paratha with a side of chicken curry at Mama Botak in Willetton

Mama Botak is relatively new to the neighbourhood. We went on a Saturday morning. I decided on the paratha with a side of chicken curry, and teh tarik to wash it down.

Out of the kitchen it came:

I liked the tea. Mainly because​ I like tea. This one seemed to be made using sweetened condensed milk. After a while though it was like downing a whole lot of sugar.

The paratha was disappointing. Parathas are enjoyable because of the flaky, buttery dough that takes on a dark, toasty character after being panfried. This was a doughy, undercooked paratha. It was made worse by the side of chicken curry that didn’t actually include chicken. When we asked if they’d given us the correct order, they told us the curry was that from a chicken curry. Semantics, or just being misleading on their menu? We’d heard great things about the place. It’s sad that the experience turned out as it did.

Taste verdict Highly disappointing paratha, curry and a menu that needs a review.


Teriyaki Chicken, Softshell Crab, and Rainbow Roll at Silver Sushi in Willetton

Silver Sushi consistently delivers great casual dining. As a local, it’s the default place to go for a special occasion, and it’s just as good an option for grabbing a bite. 

I hadn’t been for a while. After an intended lunch at Nandos didn’t go to plan when we were sat next to group of bothersome schoolies, we decided to leave. The Nandos disappointment turned into another enjoyable experience at Silver Sushi.

The food included a teriyaki chicken rice bowl, deepfried softshell crab, and the ‘rainbow roll’. Writing this after the fact, the photos are making me hungry. 

Terriyaki chicken with a slight charcoal flavour atopped slightly sticky sushi rice made for a filling start to this lunch. 

Softshell crabs are a staple order whenever we’re here. Few would complain about Silver’s softshell crab. It’s deep-fried, in a crumbly melt-away batter, served with a variant of mayo. On first bite, the juicy centre of the crab spills out like a tantalising explosion in your mouth. It’s a must try.

The rainbow roll is larger than it looks. Big pieces of sushi with generous amounts of avocado and alternating salmon and tuna leave little to be desired. More soy sauce. More wasabi, perhaps, if you’re like me and can’t get enough of the stuff.

I really like Silver Sushi. They know about satisfying the palate. I’ll be coming again.

Taste verdict Seriously good food.