I had wanted to get chirashi but upon hearing that it only consisted of tuna and salmon, switched to the Ten-Ju ($20.1), a bento box of tempura and sashimi served with miso soup. The soup was hot with little cubes of tofu and strands of seaweed, but whilst nicely gritty, the miso flavour wasn’t particularly prominent.
The bento was downright disappointing. The tempura was stock-standard, with a not-heavy-not-light batter encasing a prawn, a piece of salmon, and a selection of vegetables. The salmon sashimi was lifeless, and the side salad was an odd concoction of mixed greens, fried crab sticks and overly sweet egg omelette drizzled in Japanese mayo. At least the rice was fluffy and soft, and I loved the fragrant sichimi powder on top, but there’s something seriously wrong with a dish if my favourite component of it is the rice.
I really wanted to like Yamato; it was everything a girl could possibly want – an out of the way location, cosy interior, and a broad, attractive and affordable menu. But what good is any of that when the food was downright appalling?
Rating: 10.5/20 – i wish i loved you.