Cheap Japanese Fast Food

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I have always thought that eating out in Sydney is expensive, especially coming from Malaysia where we still tend to convert prices from AUD$ to RM (sometimes it comes naturally!). Of course, I don’t do that now, or I’ll end up staying at home all the time. :) But just a few weeks ago, my cousin pointed me to a place in the city that apparently had ‘cheap’ food. Well she had been in Sydney for a much longer time than me so I didn’t know whether her definition of cheap was similar to mine. Anyway, Saucer and I were in town so we decided to stop by Oiden Bowl Bar. For starters, it was easy to find because it’s situated along one of the main streets in the CBD, George Street. Secondly, it was also a short walking distance from Town Hall train station, so getting there was no hassle for us.

Japanese Curry rice

Japanese Plain Curry Rice

Once we were there, we noticed that there was a queue towards the counter, and it seemed that food was self-served. There was just a one page menu pasted on the wall, with a variety of toppings on rice and different sizes (small, medium, large). We just had to grab a tray, queue up, order, get our order almost immediately and pay at the counter. It was a pretty efficient process because all of the items were prepared on-the-spot by just putting your desired toppings on the rice bowls. It was literally, Japanese fast food. Before you reach the counter, there was also a bar filled with side dishes such as pork katsu (deep fried pork cutlet), chicken karaage (deep fried chicken),  takoyaki (squid balls) and so on. You could choose the sides that you want (or not) and place them on the tray before moving to the counter to pay.

Chicken Teriyaki rice

Teriyaki Chicken Rice (Small – AUD$3.90)

I wasn’t feeling too hungry that day, so I opted for a small portion of Teriyaki Chicken Rice and it cost only $3.90! That has got to be the cheapest meal I’d ever had in Sydney, dining in! The portion was slightly smaller than, say, the Teriyaki Chicken Rice in Sakae Sushi, but it was just right for me at the point of time. Of course, one could choose to have a regular or large size if one is feeling famished. The rice came with skinless chicken breast, which was a very healthy option, on top of some seaweed. It wasn’t great-tasting but it wasn’t bad either. It was certainly good value.

Chicken and pork katsu

Chicken Karaage and Pork Katsu (AUD$4.50 for both)

Saucer had the Japanese Plain Curry Rice, regular size, which was quite huge. That was also the same price as my chicken rice, and was only $2.90 for small size. The curry was thick and flavourful and had a generous amount of vegetables within. It was also a nice comfort food especially during the cold winter days. From the side dishes, we picked the Chicken Karaage and Pork Katsu to share and they turned out to be pretty good. I preferred the chicken to the pork since I found the chicken to be very tender and juicy with a nice crispy marinade. It reminded me of belacan chicken in Malaysia!

Japanese Curry rice

Japanese Plain Curry Rice (Regular – AUD$3.90)

Overall we had cheap and fulfilling meal at Oiden, and definitely wouldn’t mind returning again whenever we drop by the city. It was fuss-free, decent and very good value for money. Just make sure you go before or after peak dining hours because getting a place to sit could be tricky then.

Oiden Bowl Bar
Shop 12, 531-557, George Street,
Sydney
NSW 2000 Australia.
Tel No.: +61(2) 9267 1368
Opening Hours: Daily (11.30am – 10pm)
Website: www.oiden.com.au

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  • June 17th, 2013 1:41 PM
    suituapui

    Not a fan of Japanese curry. In fact, not crazy about Japanese anything. Will eat but will not crave for it.

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    So what do you crave for? Kampua noodles? Hehe

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  • June 17th, 2013 2:04 PM
    claire

    The prices here are reasonable.. in fact very cheap for those who are working in Australia.. :)

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Indeed it’s very cheap!

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  • June 17th, 2013 2:28 PM
    small Kucing

    Looks like a very effiecient restaurant. No need lots of frills. As long as food is good people will keep coming

    LOL…you missed belacan ya :p..I miss keropok lekor pulak….school hols had loads of them . Posted in http://www.smallkucing.com/2013/06/the-search-for-keropok-lekor-continues.html. should have borong more

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Yes the queue for this restaurant is always consistent, but luckily service is fast. I miss keropok lekor too!! I wish I can bring them over :(

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  • June 17th, 2013 3:44 PM
    KY

    that’s indeed cheap, and not to mention not overly huge normal gwailou portion. perfect.

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Yes, I like that they have the option for smaller portions at cheaper prices :)

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  • June 17th, 2013 4:02 PM
    Sean Eat Drink KL

    ooo, this is kinda like japanese ‘nasi campur’ or ‘chap fan,’ ya. and yeah, looks like a place that we could visit over and over again when we want some straightforward, satisfactory japanese soul food that won’t hurt our wallets :D

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    You’re right! It does look like Japanese style chap fan! Instant dishes on a bowl of rice :)

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  • June 18th, 2013 12:36 AM
    [SK]

    oh, not more than $5 and i guess the price is considered cheap in Sydney?? wow, i love japanese curry rice, this would be a good option for me!! and those chicken karaage looks nice too.. and the pork katsu, definitely nice to go with the curry~~ :)

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Yup definitely considered cheap in Sydney, especially in a place with seats for the patrons. :) Cheaper than fish and chips! hehe

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  • June 18th, 2013 4:54 PM
    Caroline

    That’s really cheap! I thought it going to be less than $10 but when i read on it’s less than $5! :o

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Yes, I was surprised to see that it’s that cheap too! :)

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  • June 19th, 2013 5:00 PM
    ciki

    yah we found Sydney so expensive too! Comparable to Perth. LOL well, the portions look so small even the rice! I hope the flavour was worth it:)

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    The curry was pretty good actually, and the regular portion was similar to the Malaysian Japanese restaurant normal portion!

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  • June 21st, 2013 12:25 AM
    Annie @ The Random Foodie

    i’ve walked past here sooo many times in the past and only found out about it about a month or so ago. gotta love a cheap feed with decent servings

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Yes, we need more of these restaurants!! :)

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  • June 28th, 2013 2:37 PM
    Bella Enveeus

    Japanese food, my favourite. Yum! Haven’t been to Australia for many years now. I’m sure there have been many changes. Must go back there soon. :)

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Well it’s time for a revisit! :)

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