I took a walk along Beaufort Street today to
check out the Witchery sale items visit the bank, and noticed a new cafe that had just opened the previous day – Mr Munchies Sushi. I has been intending to go to my usual cheap-and-cheerful Mt Lawley sushi joint, Tanpopo, but figured it would be nice to try something new.
Mr Munchies is the first ‘customisable sushi’ place that I’ve seen, with the front counter laid out like a Japanese-fusion version of Subway. Choose a base (ie. meat), choose some addons like cucumber, avocado or tamago (egg), choose some toppings and they put it all together into a neat sushi roll. I went with katsu chicken with cucumber and carrot, sprinkled with furikake (a dried fish based powder often used to flavour rice). It’s far from authentic of course, but then again it’s almost impossible to find a sushi place in Perth that isn’t at least a little bit Fusion.
$10 for 8 pieces of sushi is fairly average for Perth prices, and is probably still one of the more reasonable options in the expensive Mt Lawley cafe strip. Still, the way they’ve broken down the pricing of the individual items feels a bit strange – I was a little indignant at the prospect of paying $1.50 for a few tiny pieces of carrot and cucumber (thankfully they don’t charge for the furikake). I suppose that’s my fault for going with the healthy options though – I could have got some tamagoyaki and potato salad for the same price, or skipped the additionals altogether. There’s also a salad option, which I think I’ll go for next time. My sushi roll was fresh and tasty, with a nice hint of mayo on the katsu chicken.
The decor is cute and colourful, with one feature wall adorned with a pop-arty decal featuring Godzilla and Astro Boy and retro style lamps. It’s a good fit for the youthful, trendy and rather spendy culture of this area. It’s a little tucked away so will need a bit of word-of-mouth to get things really rolling, but I don’t doubt that they’ll find a good customer base. The staff are friendly and explained the concept well; I got the impression they were still getting the hang of things, but they have only been open one day so far so that’s to be expected.
All up – decent sushi, a bit pricey, good atmosphere and interesting concept. If they could knock down the prices a little they’ll be competing more directly with Tanpopo, but they’ll probably still find their market without having to. I will probably be back!
P.S. The Boy has lost his writing mojo, so I’m going to try my hand at food writing. Expect lot of adjectives like ‘yum’, ‘delicious’, ‘really delicious’, ‘not un-delicious’ etc. I shall do my best.