Sunday, 18 March 2012

Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe

620 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3000

I’ve been to Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe in the past for lunch and spoke about the quirky decor and friendly wait staff in that post, so let’s just cut to the chase and talk about the food this time. 

Chris and I were heading to a concert by Switchfoot later that night, and we needed some pre-gig nourishment. Purple Peanuts was right near Okonomi-Ju, which we were originally planning to go to, until we discovered that they were closed until later in the month. Bummer. 

Chicken Curry ($9.2)

Chris' Chicken Curry ($9.2) was smooth and mild with chunks of potato, carrot and onions in the gravy. The chicken was lean and smoky, albeit slightly dry. I did however miss the red pickles that all Japanese curries come with; I think they just had a memory lapse in the kitchen, because pickles were mentioned in the description of the dish. 

Teriyaki Chicken ($8.5)
Teriyaki Chicken ($8.5)
My Teriyaki Chicken ($8.5) came with a serve of the same smoky chicken that was in the curry, but the serving was substantially larger, and the chicken was much moister. The sweet soy sauce at the bottom mixed in nicely with the rice, and the little salad at the side was crisp and refreshing. Funnily enough, we didn’t realise until we had finished eating that we had ordered the exact same dishes at DonDon before the last concert we went to!

And a nunchuck-wielding-guitar-playing octopus, just for kicks. I wonder if they’ll let me buy it off them.

Rating: 13.5/20 – good solid Japanese; get the tsuke don for WOWZA

And because the Switchfoot concert was so amazing, I’m going to gush about it a little, even if it has nothing to do with food. At one point the lead singer, Jon Foreman, got off the stage and stood on a table in the middle of the crowd and sang from there. I was lucky enough to be able to make my way to a spot right in front of him. And during one of my favourite songs, he bent down, looked me in the eye, and sang to me! JON FOREMAN SANG TO ME! HE SANG TO ME AS HIS GORGEOUS BLUE EYES LOOKED INTO MINE! I’ll just say goodbye to my heart right now. 

Jon Foreman


  1. Love your blog. Check it VERY often and has given me great lunches/dinners.

    I was at the concert too, Would have been right next to ya.
    I managed to give him a pat of the back. it was a fantastic concert.

  2. Wow small world haha! I'm very glad that you've been enjoying my blog, and thank you for sticking with it. And jon foreman really is great isn't he? I love the way he actually interacts with the audience :)

  3. 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..