Melbourne city – One thing I loved about living in Osaka was the tiny restaurants I’d stumble upon down the many alleyways. I’m talking no more than 6 seats in a little hole in the wall. I’d worry about the quality of the food and was always pleasantly surprised as an amazing bowl of ramen or curry came and greeted me. Purple Peanuts reminds me of those little dinky restaurants.
Set on busy Collins Street, right near Spencer Street Station, this is a hub of activity. Fabulous rock n’ roll posters adorn the walls alongside the handwritten menu on large pieces of butcher’s paper. Countless people walk in and out ordering the brown rice sushi, which is a PP specialty, while a few remain to order off their hot menu. The ones that do don’t regret it. The food here is ridiculously good!
My stand out dishes are the Kakuni pork – deliciously tender pieces of pork with Korean hot BBQ sauce served with rice, as well as the curry chicken, reminiscent of my fave Katsu curry back in Osaka. All dishes are around the $10 mark so this is a hit for anyone wanting a cheap night out. My only fault in PP is that they only serve beer, so if you’re a wine drinker like me you may go begging. Although I have been offered cooking sake on more than one occasion!
Visit: 620 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000; Open: Mon – Sat late morning – early evening; Wallet: Average.