The curiously named Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe is on the western fringe of the Melbourne CBD, where there's not a single Purple Peanut in sight. What they do have in abundance is of course, good quality (usually) fresh food.
The first thing you notice about this cafe though are the fun decorations dotted around the place, from band posters, to retro artwork, to a nun-chuck wielding octopus.
|Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe|
I told you. The food is very obviously fusion, but simpler than I expected - in a good way. There's a large range of sushi, plus curries, noodle dishes, salads and even soups. As I was feeling chilled from the Melbourne evening, I ordered a Kyoto Bean Minestrone soup.
|Kyoto Bean Minestrone|
It was surprisingly filling nevertheless, so my second dish probably wasn't required.
M started with a sushi roll, that actually seemed very dry. Admittedly, we were there late during the day so they were probably left over from lunch, but I wouldn't have expected they would serve food that wasn't fresh when everything else is made so well. He was happy with his main dish, the Chicken Curry.
I've heard it's beyond busy during lunch as I've been told they serve brilliant sushi (when fresh at least), but the prospect of a long-ish walk and then an even longer wait during a work break isn't appealing to me. If you're down that end of town, by all means check out Purple Peanuts, but this is one case where the hype is justified because the food is good, but not good enough for me to brave the crowds.
Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe
620 Collins St, Melbourne