Japanese trifecta – 3 places to do Japanese on the cheap

Category: Japanese
Who says Japanese food is expensive??
Definitely not the case when Mappen, Oiden and Dera-Uma are involved. Not only are they inexpensive, the food here is oishi(delicious). All located within Skyview plaza, the same food court just up from the cinemas on George street.

All with a cafeteria style set up. Grab a tray, pick a couple of snacks whilst deciding what to order. Be tempted by some of their tasty fried options, side salads and beverages on offer. Macha(Japanese green tea) seem to be the rage these days and they do a nice matcha milk tea at Oiden, Dera-Uma do a refreshing apple iced tea, great for a summers day.

Dera-Uma specialises in bento boxes and rice bowls topped with a choice of savoury topping. We shared a few dishes. The Unagi Mabushi being one of our favourites. A tasty dish of marinated, grilled eel. We also enjoyed the Toji Chicken Katsu(Japanese style schnitty) served with half cooked egg. Another good option was the cheese Teriyaki Hamburg a Japanese style hamburger patty, a slice of cheese blow torched, and served with rice and a few vegetable sides.

We love Mappen especially their specialty udon in particular the Tonkotsu Deluxe, which is my go to. Udon noodles swimming in the rich creamy pork bone broth topped with chashu, ontama egg, menma bamboo, and  greens. Bukakke Kimchi us great if you are after a bit of spice. It comes with udon noodles in bukakke sauce with an ontama egg and pork mince and kimchi, yum!!!
The tempura Bowl is also a decent option with the light crisp batter and mix of ingredients providing variation.

Oiden specialise in Donburi(rice bowls) with your choice of savoury topping. Simple and delicious we shared the Double BBQ Wagyu Beef Bowl. Garlic Butter Teriyaki Chicken
and the Salmon with an ontama egg seved atop of a bowl. Filling and great value. If you still have room try the Mochi for dessert both Mappen and Oiden do White Mochi and Black Sesame, glutenous outer layer with a sweet red bean filling.

All three places offer a great variety delicious meals to choose from. Added bonus: they are cheap too. Be sure to add these to your bargain gem list.


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