Oct 14, 2012

Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe

This Japanese fusion cafe has been opened for quite some time already and we (my sister and I) have been meaning to try it out after hearing a few of our friend's go on about it.

So we headed down to Purple Peanuts on a beautiful spring Saturday. And we went back a week later.

Yeah...Twice in 2 weeks. We liked it that much. :)

Among the dishes we have tried so far are:
Prawn salad with soba noodles
Really really tasty dish. And very light. So if you aren't extremely hungry, you should definitely give this a try!
Fried prawn and spicy salmon sushi roll
When I say spicy salmon, I really mean spicy salmon.
 Sukiyaki beef
 Braised pork belly

What I really like about the dishes is that they are pretty much your typical Japanese dishes, but less heavy/rich.

Like the Sukiyaki. Instead of a very thick and starchy gravy, it was a light and really tasty broth. Which was what I wanted considering the second time we went back it was a wet and cold day. 
There were only a few seats indoors but plenty of tables outside. So if you want to sit inside, be sure to go there during off-peak hours. Or Saturday when Collins Street isn't extremely occupied.
I was very fascinated at how they could make a bunch of wires look somewhat pretty. The owners kept the decorations to a minimum, but it still looked pretty.

I have to say though, one of their decos really freaked me out.

The crazy looking octopus sitting on top of their fridge.
It gave me the creeps. Imagine having your lunch and when you look up, you see this huge, ugly/scare-looking octopus staring at you. Not a pleasant sight.

Overall, loved the food. Good and fast service. Will definitely be going back again to try some of their other dishes.

Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe
620 Collins Street
VIC 3000
(03) 9620 9548

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  1. I went to this place for a valuable meal for yesterday's tea.

    You get served for 9 Dollars and they do not cook food in authentic way.

    But the food was average and its not filling- Teriyaki Chicken sauce in few boneless chicken slices.. Sushis tasted frozen

    The waiter and person who cashes in this place has no knowledge about foood.

    No Air conditioning. and the floor is filled with dust..

    Please stay away people..

    1. Sorry to hear about your bad experience Ganeshan. Maybe they were just having an off day?

    2. Its a waste of money and just for their fancy pricing and some presentation without a value. I cannot spend and food is bad too

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