Journey to the West – Part 6 : A Grand Meal At Samurai Bowl.
After battling a snow storm, we were desperate for a good hearty hot meal when we arrived in Christchurch.
And then we stumbled on Samurai Bowl.
It was a tiny run down restaurant tucked away unnoticed among the big restaurant names along the same road.
The hubby had noticed it and I spotted many Japanese people inside, so we figured it must be worth a try.
The interior of the restaurant was incredibly tacky. Pictures and labels of every type of ramen, donburi and size dish were created on A4 size paper and plasted all over randomly on the wall. There were also advertisements on Japanese hairdressers, contact lenses, beauticians, flat rental, etc.
Sitting inside Samurai Bowl made us feel as if we were in Japan because there were so many Japanese young folks around us speaking Japanese at the top of their voices.
It was very home-style, very authentic and quaint.
And the food was cheap and DELICIOUS. No frills and decorative parsley, just simple fresh home-style food.
Huge bowls of steaming hot tonkotsu noodles, salmon sashimi, chicken karaage and gyozas. Washed down with plenty of hot sake.
It was heavenly.