Look no further, we’ve found your next casual hangout. Healthy, delicious, reasonably priced Japanese with lovely service. Tokyo Jazz Cafe is run by the cheerful Yoriko, she’s a very friendly lady who has an appreciation for motorcycles, rollerblading and obviously jazz. Located down some stairs and opposite a sushi train place, the cafe is cosy and the decor is traditional Japanese with a quirky element. Probably supplied by numerous brass instruments dangling from the ceiling by fishing lines.
Coffee fanatic, Ash, notices that they have good coffee here. There’s also free wifi so you can work while a Miles Davis recording is playing. If you prefer something stronger than caffeine, beer, wine, Japanese sake, plum wine and shochu are also available. There is an incredibly wide range of cheap to expensive beverages to suit all budgets.
From 11:30am to 2:30pm you have the pick of lunch specials. The menu consists of a wide range of Japanese fare, udon noodle soups, sashimi, sushi, even vegan desserts are available. If you’re feeling like some DIY the Make Your Own Sushi Roll Set (12 rolls) $19.90 is the perfect lunch choice for those with busy fingers.
Since he lives 10 minutes away, hardly a week goes by without Ash having his usual. The Teriyaki salmon on rice w/seaweed salad, miso soup set $12.90. (Ash says don’t judge me) So often has he chosen this particular dish for lunch that as soon as he’s greeted ‘irrashaimasu!’ Yoriko immediately begins prepping the exact ingredients needed.
Underneath all the honey soy dressed salad leaves, wakame seaweed and chunky, umeboshi, smoky-sweet, crispy salmon pieces, is a mound of perfect sushi rice.
I love sashimi. Salmon especially, the fish here is gleaming and oh so buttery. You forget that you’re eating raw meat, because it’s that fresh. Soy sauce and wasabi is provided for dipping but in my honest opinion, doesn’t need it.
Okonomiyaki, a Japanese savoury pancake of green onions, corn, cabbage, eggs and tempura bits has nice consistency, somewhat similar to a fritter. Despite being fried, it is not too heavy and the sweet and sour sauce with mayonnaise is positively lip-smacking.
Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 3:00pm, 6pm to 11:00pm
Closed Sunday and Monday