**LATEST UPDATE May 14**
Restaurant no longer operating!..replaced by Gyu-En Japanese Yakiniku
Hiraku Japanese Bistro is located in the quieter area along Lake Street nearer to the intersection with Newcastle Street. I found out about this obscure place through a friend’s recommendation.
The eatery has a simple but bright decor, I love the bright pink chairs in there. I also like the open air concept with the big alfresco dining and a blue couch at the front, perfect for lounging or a place to sit waiting for takeaway. Great atmosphere!
The food on offer includes the usual sushi and bento set menu. Something different though is the burger menu! Everything you can get in a bento but served in a burger form! Woo!
Sushi for sale can be picked up in the open cooler display next to the counter. Prices range from $4.50 – $6.50
We had the following:
- Teriyaki Beef Bento Set Menu; Teriyaki Chicken Bento Set Menu; Chicken Tonkatsu Set Menu
- Teriyaki Beef Burger; Teriyaki Chicken Burger; Chicken Katsu Burger
The Bento Box Combo cost between $8.50 – $9.50 including rice, salad and a drink. The Burger Combo cost $9.90 with chips and a drink. Great value! The favorite of the day was the Chicken Katsu Burger with crunchy chicken piece (huge I may add), mayo and lettuce. Simple but yummy!
My other favorite on the menu was the side of Crispy Squid Tentacles ($4.50). They indeed were very crispy and huge bonus with the big dollop of japanese mayo on the side! More please!
We also decided to explore the dessert and ordered the Green Tea Ice Cream with Azuki beans ($3.50) and Green Tea Creme Brulee ($3.80). We ended up getting complimentary Green Tea Marble Cake with choco chip as the owner wanted us to try them out and give some feedback. :)
The Green Tea Ice Cream with Azuki Beans came in a cone – that was the best dessert out of the three. The Creme Brulee and Marble Cake were on the average side, maybe too fusiony for me!
Overall it was a great lunch with good value food, great atmosphere and friendly service. Good choice for something quick, or fast food fusion, japanese in a burger!
Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.
Hiraku Japanese Bistro
Telephone: 08 9228 8789
Address: 1/89 Lake Street, Northbridge
Trading Hours – check out the Facebook page