Tsuke Don at Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe.
Whilst it is named “Japanese Cafe”, don’t expect the typical Melbourne-Japanese fare of katsu dons and charshu ramen. Purple Peanuts delivers an array of Japanese-inspired dishes that are healthy, hearty, homely, and a bit on the unusual side. And all at under or around $10.
The tsuke don at $10.90 delivers a warm bed of sushi rice topped with little sashimi-grade salmon cubes that are marinated in a yummy mixture of mirin, sake, soy and sesame. This is tossed through with cubed pickled daikon, carrots, cucumber, marinated seaweed and lettuce leaves. The serving is definitely enough to feed the ravenous office crowd, and the extra $2 will get you a bowl of steaming miso soup.
Whilst a little bit strange at first, the flavours work extremely well together to create a light yet filling meal. A little out of the way for most CBD working ants (near corner of Collins and Spencer St) but definitely worth the trip!