Monsieur and I wanted to head to Westfield’s food court but realized a new restaurant had popped up. It is Ippudo’s first day at Westfield’s 5th level and we decide to head there and give this new Japanese restaurant a go!
The waitress holding menus outside aren’t the pushy one you get to see in Chinatown’s main alley, they’re inviting but not in any overwhelming way! They promptly seat us in the back of the restaurant. This is a good spot as we get to look at the kitchen! They all greet you the “Chef Gallery way”, but instead of ni hao, you hear “you’re welcome in Japanese” (wish I had kept that one in mind, but food was all I could think of).
We started with the Pork Bun AUD 4 which turns out to be our favourite savoury dish so far. The Pork to bun ratio is great, the bun is soft though probably too soft on the bottom, but the taste is just spot on. We hesitate reordering another one but decide to top up on the Shrimp Bun AUD 5 instead.
This one isn’t as good, the shrimp is fresh, but the deep fried coating is soggy and far from the crispiness you’d expect when deep fried is advertised. We prefer by far, the Pork Bun. The Ippudo gyoza AUD 6 for 5 arrive very promptly and though they’re good, they’re definitely on the small side. The ginger topping them is too strong for both of us, and its boldness hides all the gyoza’s flavour, so I think ginger being there is actually more about aesthetics.
Next to come is the salad with original dressing AUD 10 (add 2 for avocado). The greens are fresh and the dressing is great, though overall, the choice of greens remains basic (aside from the nori that seats on top). It’s good if you’re after a healthy option, as they give you the sauce on the side (we poured everything) and there’s just the right amount! Avocado was also fresh, but I guess I would have preferred to have them in!
Aside from the Pork bun, we also loved the Simmered Pork or Chashu Gohan AUD 5.5. That little bowl of rice with sweet and savoury pork belly was so good!!!! I guess it definitely has something to do with the way they cook pork here, so next time, there’s a great chance we get something that involves pork belly!!
As for dessert, there’s one they’ve tried to give us on two accounts, which is the Blue Mountains AUD 13. We didn’t order it but had our eyes on it… As they prepared it already and Ice cream melts, they gave it to us anyway and in the end, it came down to be complimentary! It involves green tea ice cream, red beans, mandarin oranges and apricots and is by far, our favourite dessert.
our Black sesame Panna Cotta AUD 7 comes in the end and isn’t what I expected, I wanted more of the black sesame flavour. Monsieur is quite content with it and eats my share gladly. I find it tasty (I love black sesame) though a tad heavy. I’m not convinced on the watery sauce that surrounds the panna cotta as it doesn’t look like the creamy sauce pictured on their menu. We’re glad we had the blue mountains!!!
Overall the bill comes down to just AUD 39.5, and even if we had to pay for the Blue Mountains, we’d think this still is a great deal. Ippudo is a great addition to Westfield and we will be back to have more of their pork buns!!!