KUU Japanese Café is run out of a small shop in Park Street, South Melbourne. It is not on a main shopping strip, and is mainly surrounded by residential housing (with a pub across the road, typical South Melbourne!).
KUU is a local haunt for me. Not that far from where I work, but up until now I was not daring enough to trek to its isolated location. I finally mustered up the courage to try it one lunch time.
The café inside is cosy (not cramped, but not roomy), but has a good interior design and loads of natural light. They are a ‘cafe’ and eatery, so you can either grab something to go, or take a seat and they will serve you at the table – I opted for the latter.
The menu has a number of interesting choices, including main meals of fried chicken, various Japanese salads, as well as a special bento box. The fried chicken (katsu) curry caught my eye. I ordered it with a long macchiato.
The dish itself was well presented and absolutely delicious. The chicken was juicy on the inside, well crumbed and teamed well with the BBQ sauce and curry. The curry itself had a good flavour to it. The accompaniments of (brown) rice and salad were fresh and tasty, a great way to balance out the heavier chicken and curry. Brilliant dish!
The coffee was also good!
It was hard to fault the meal and experience. The service was very ‘Japanese’ – efficient, yet still friendly and hospitable. Overall, a great lunch spot and I will definitely be back for more (seeing as it is a local venue.. lucky me!)
I ended up visiting again a few days later and tried out their bento box. It was delicious and had a good variety of small dishes. My personal favourite is still the chicken katsu curry though!
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