Saturday, August 11, 2012

Wince's Faves: Ume Sushi House & Brother Baba Budan, CBD

Their chirashi is just SO picture perfect!!

I think my love and enthusiasm towards food and cooking definitely comes from my family. Each one of my family members and I are such foodies, but in very different ways. For instance, I like how my Sister and I have very different taste/circles and so a lot of places that she likes to go, are places that I would never have heard of or think of trying until she brings it up! And I'm so grateful for that because a number of places that I LOVE eating now are recommendations made by my Sis, including Ume Sushi.

In turn, this place has slowly become a family favourite (as Mum always makes sure we take her here on every visit!) as well as somewhere that I'd take close friends or friends who are visiting in Melbourne for a nice, simple lunch.

Really convenient location, too!

This place is prolly somewhere most of you have walked past, because it's actually just on Lt Bourke and in between Elizabeth & Queen St! I know I have and never thought much about this place until my Sister actually brought us here.

There's a lot of things I enjoy about Ume Sushi... No.1 being the Chirashi!! But we'll get to that in a sec...

Tuna Sushi Roll with Wasabi

What I normally do when I'm here is order a serve of the Chirashi, and also one Tuna Sushi Roll on the side. It's rolled up nice and tight and the fillings are generous, with toasted sesame seeds to back it up.

But best part is the Wasabi cream that they use here, instead of the usual Wasabi + Soy Sauce. Goes so well with the Tuna rolls!

Chirashi Sushi -- $11.90

Whenever people ask me, "Where do you go in the city when you have a sashimi craving?" I can think of two places. And this is definitely one of them!!!

It's SO comforting to me because it's very straight-forward, but very generous with the ingredients (esp the sashimi) whilst being so beautifully presented. Each and everytime. I like it a lot also because you can see how the chef behind the sushi counter always has a smile on his face when he makes this. He's so careful and pedantic when assembling this dish but you can also tell how much he enjoys preparing it.

There's just true joy on the face of the person preparing the food and it definitely translates into a wonderful final product, which people genuinely enjoy. I honestly do feel so happy for him, because it's evident that he loves what he does. And don't you think that it's quite rare to see on people's faces these days...?

Usually they give a mix of Tuna/Salmon sashimi but sometimes, they let you opt for all salmon only

So what makes this so enjoyable to eat? Well, basically everything about it. The fresh sashimi, slices of avo, strips of inari, rice seasoning, seaweed, tamago and even the bits of fish roe. Not to mention how the sushi rice is slightly sweet from the mirin and also has a small amount of Jap mayo to bind all the ingredients together.

Mix it all up and every bite is just such a joy to eat!

There's many other great chirashis in Melb (other fav would def be ShiraNui at G. Waverley) but I don't compare to see "which one is better" because they're so diff everywhere you go =). I actually really don't like answering those kind of questions TBH (lol) and go to diff places because they offer diff things, not because which ones I'd "rank higher".

How can you not smile when presented with a dish like this?

- The chirashi is impeccable each time (seriously perfect for sashimi cravings)
- Their wasabi cream
- The other food here is really delicious too (apart from the bain marie stuff, which I stay away from so wouldn't know). For instance, they do one of the better tempuras and their yakiniku udon is utterly delicious as well
- Price is reasonable
- They give 10% discount for students!!! (which means students only pay $10+ for this lovely dish)

Now, who says cheap student eating has to be all quantity and no quality? =)

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Another thing I love doing everytime I finish eating at Ume Sushi House is to take a short walk, couple of doors down to head to my FAVOURITE coffee place in the CBD, Brother Baba Budan! And I strongly recommend you do the same =D

I came here with my good friend, S, after yet another great meal at Ume. And we both love this place so much that I now call him my "Brother Baba Budan Buddy" aka "BBBB". Lol.


Soy Piccolo Lattes

LOVE drinking either their Soy Piccolos or Soy Magic.

The aftermath. Hard to stop at 1. Great way to end an afternoon of eating/drinking!

I still remember the very first time I had a coffee here at BBB. My eyes immediately lit up and it honestly felt like I just went to Heaven and back. The flavour packed a punch and it felt so good and warm down the throat. No matter what blend they're using that day, their coffee is always bold and the milk is just thick and full. And being welcomed with the most delicious aroma of coffee beans as soon as you step into this quaint little cafe played a big part in my exciting coffee experience here each time. Definitely stimulates the senses.

Though, I think there's a lot of places that do great coffees in Melb but I still like coming back here more, particularly because it takes me back to the time I had my first coffee here, several years ago. It's not just the coffee itself, but the feeling I get everytime I take a sip of BBB coffee. It's sensational. And I love it =)

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