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18 March 2007 @ 06:26 pm
ito cafe and section 8  
one of several girls' nights out, a few fridays ago.

the evening kickstarted with shopping (friday is late-night shopping, which really only means shops open till normal hours like singapore's on any other night, instead of 6pm). wendy and i did some happy scouring of the streets, before may joined us in myers amongst the cosmetic counters. when our tummies began to rumble, we ambled up to ito for dinner.

ito is situated in my old neighbourhood. the neighbourhood i love so very much. :)

that raw beef dish originated from one of my favourite japanese eateries, chuji izakaya on lonsdale street. it's on the chuji menu as 'yukke'. ito has copied the same dish and named it 'gyu tataki'. same thing except with much less cucumber julienne strips than chuji's version. raw beef strips are thicker and chunkier than chuji's, but just as fresh and yummy. this is one of my favouritest foods in the world. :)

i must go back to chuji for a refresher meal soon. :)

anyways, on with the meal. the ramen was so-so... not bad but not good. a little on the bland side, and the noodles were a little soggy. the shishamo was not bad, but not quite crispy enough. the gyoza was also rather average - i guess i've been spoilt with too many excellent gyozas. :)

the unagi roll was fantastic though! it was hugeass... when it arrived at our table, we went, "woah!". eel pieces were really generous portions, and the avocado within the sushi rice was creamy and lovely. this was an excellent choice by may!

we all still had a little spare space in our tums, so a plate of tempura was shared. this was surprisingly very good too. i had a piece of pumpkin, which had a very light and crisp batter on the outside and melted in my mouth on the inside. i also munched on one of the large prawns... YUM. my skin didn't react to this one. hee.

for once, we didn't overeat. all of us felt just nicely full. good work babes!

we then adjourned to section 8 for drinkies and some music. section 8 is a really funky open-air bar, set up in an empty car-park space in a tiny little lane in chinatown. the bar is a container, and the seats are stacked up wooden crates.

i had one drink, which tasted like 3 drinks in 1. the bourbon must have been free or something. either that or coca cola must have risen in cost. that was why i looked so pink! i had the most atrocious headache when i got home too...

it was worth it though, for the wonderful evening with the babes. lots of giggles and girltalk, and picking out eyecandy for one another! i don't see these babes often enough and i really should. :)

feelin': fullfull
goodshithappens on March 18th, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
wow looks goooooood!!! what are you doing in melbourne? i really didn;t know you are here...no wonder you know Apple Spice!!! it's such an "ulu" shop, or at least i think. heh
JV: goodhairdaydrag0nette on March 18th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
i'm on a long holiday. :) still working through my email though!

apple spice is ulu because not many people know the name... but they usually know the shop locations!

it does have great small-size pants. :)

i've added you babe, so you can see locked posts as well.
.that girl.: self in the mirrorgirlwhowaits on March 18th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
omg. all the dishes from ito look awesome - can't wait to get back to singsing to try out the new japanese places (even though I will probably have to pay a price for that ;)

JV: eatdrag0nette on March 18th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
luckily for you, some of those jap places in singers are quite affordable, like the ichibans and sushi tei's! ;)

which reminds me... i've still got backlog of food pics from before i came to melbourne. hmm...
(Anonymous) on March 18th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
ah sooooo.....the food looks better than it tastes haha.....! my tum is stirred to eat tempura now.
(Anonymous) on March 18th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
argh sorry that was me - astrorainfall. maybe i should just get a livejournal ID :p
JV: japogothdrag0nette on March 18th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
yes you should, babe! :) then you won't miss the locked entries!
hianhwee, tracy LIM: screamhianhwee on March 18th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
holy cow! i am hungry!
JV: eatdrag0nette on March 18th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
i was full but i'm hungry again too! :p
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on March 18th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
now i need to eat... bad bad gurl to show all the good japanese food.
JV: shootbirddrag0nette on March 18th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
teehee! :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 18th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
what fun!

how do you eat the "promotional serve"?

the unagi roll's making me salivate!!!
JV: eatdrag0nette on March 18th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
it's a cheaper portion with any ramen order. :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 18th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)

i asked "how do you eat?"... :P
JVdrag0nette on March 18th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
hmm? just stir and eat?
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 18th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
oh okok. raw and all??
JVdrag0nette on March 18th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
yes... the beef is seasoned and chilled. mix the raw egg yolk in. and eat!
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 18th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
sounds interesting. heehee, i dont dare eat raw beef though.

favest is beef tataki! :D~~~
JVdrag0nette on March 18th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
the gyu tataki in my pictures is exactly the same as the 'promotional serve'. just different sizes because of difference in price.

gyu tataki in other jap eateries are sometimes sliced, with the outsides cooked.
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 18th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
really? look different somehow.

ahh i like the sliced version. :)))
JVdrag0nette on March 18th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
9 years ago, before i tried this dish, i also thought i didn't dare to eat raw beef. :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 18th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
totally raw, i dont dare.

tataki kind, i can. teehee.

i need more guts. :D
JVdrag0nette on March 18th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
you don't need more guts to eat something, you're chinese. ;)

if you can eat sashimi, you can eat raw beef.
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 18th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)

cannot la! its DIFFERENTTT!!! =x
JV: speckydrag0nette on March 18th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
it's as different as raw from raw. :)
vanessafridavanessafrida on March 19th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
JV: eatdrag0nette on March 19th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
*slurp* :D