The top of Davey Street, just before the exit to the Southern Outlet, is not the place you’d expect to find a Japanese restaurant and take-away. Okay I admit I was sceptical when they opened, but a year down the track, Komatsu is going strong.

The Lovely Deputy was away for work so Skater Boy and This Girl went out for sushi. It was a Tuesday night and I didn’t think I’d need to book. We went early and got a table but it wasn’t long until the tables starting filling up and take-away orders started heading out the door.

They have an extensive menu of sushi and sashimi; rice, soup and salads; entrees; mains; donburi; curries; bento boxes; and noodles. The most expensive dishes you can choose are the Bento boxes which range in price up to $23.50 and are an excellent way to try a few things without having to share because the bento is designed just for you.

We started with sushi to share and chose two of the entrée sized serves. Larger sushi serves with ten pieces, described as mains, are also available.

What we ate:

  • Spicy chicken sushi roll, 5 pieces, $4
  • California roll, 5 pieces, $4.50
  • Tempura don, prawn and mixed vegetable tempura served on rice, $13.50.
  • Chicken ramen, clear chicken and pork broth, topped with seaweed, spring onion, corn, soft boiled egg and grilled chicken, $14.50

Tip: donburi is a rice bowl dish – a meal in a bowl – with meat, vegies, broth and rice.

Skater boy had his first taste of sake. Having tried sake in the past, I went for a glass of chardonnay.

The meals were tasty and great value. The tempura was light and the chicken sushi had great flavours. Dinner was about $55 and under $40 with a discount on the Entertainment card. It was enough food notwithstanding Skater Boy cleaned up my leftovers. The service was friendly and efficient and the meals arrived promptly.

The setting is a converted cottage with tables in a couple of its rooms and some seating outside if you want to watch Davey Street go by.

Bonus, it’s also BYO bottled wine.

This Girl reckons it’s definitely a great option for those from the Kingborough municipality and beyond on their way home and of course, for the locals of South Hobart.

If Komatsu can maintain the quality and price points they’ll be here for the long-haul. Definitely worth a visit but maybe don’t risk not having a reservation just in case.

Find Komatsu Japanese Cuisine at 196 Davey Street, South Hobart.

There’s parking around the back. Turn down between Salamanca Fresh and the restaurant.

Call them on 0401 601 824

Find the on Facebook – Komatsu Japanese Cuisine

Here’s another Japanese that’s also worth a try – Kosaten

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