Purple Peanuts Japanese Café is a sublime breath of fresh air in the top end of town on Collins Street. This is a cafe I've been to several times for interesting Japanese style food, quick service and cool ambience.
It’s different to many other Japanese establishments and is a twist (and shout) on the usual focus of sushi and sashimi. It hums with a youthful, colourful and eclectic creativity, depicted by a large The Beatles Japanese Tour poster.
Purple Peanuts Japanese Café buzzes at lunchtimes with the local office workers pouring in to this eatery. Conversation is loud due to the amping crowd and the cement floor. Eating in is a great way to enjoy the ambience but take away is also hugely popular – with limited tables but lines of people out the door. You can sit out on busy Collins Street - just be careful not to get knocked over as you make your way to a table.
Menu options are displayed on large paper sheets on the wall. The creativity and value are amazing. Come here for a curry, prawn chicken and vegie burgers, sushi (including with brown rice), teriyaki chicken, and great salads. The potato salad looks great with Japanese mayo instead of the normal.
The chicken burger is stunning with chicken marinated in soy, sake, sesame and ginger. A great flavour profile. The burger was substantial, the fillings sensational and the bread was super fresh.
Funky décor includes the hefty octopus monster in the corner and The Beatles Japanese tour poster. This place has a ticket to ride! Large windows usher in natural light. The ambience is heightened by funky music, only drowned out by the loud conversation.
Friendly staff regularly clean tables and they bring your meal (for dine in) to cool timber tables and funky stools. A great option is to sit outside at a table on Collins Street.
The open kitchen adds to the theatre. There’s almost as much action behind the counter as in front of it.
Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe goes "off" and is one of the CBD's most happening lunch spots. Rock on!
Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe, 620 Collins Street CBD – Japanese - Food 9 Ambience 9