If you are a regular reader of PFJ, you would know that I recently moved jobs and positions. I’m enjoying the transition but initially found it quite difficult – not only was I leaving a comfortable job elsewhere, I also left an excellent location. I moved from West Perth to Joondalup, leaving me with limited lunch options in comparison to endless lunch options, thanks to being in close proximity to the Perth CBD.
Regardless, I initially made a concerted effort to find new eateries in Joondalup. I scoured Urbanspoon and asked my readers for recommendations on Facebook and Twitter. This is how I stumbled upon Musashi in Joondalup and ever since, it’s become a staple for excellent weekday lunches.
Musashi is a small Japanese takeaway shop that is only open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner. Even though it specifically caters for takeaway, there are a handful of tables inside and outside, however Musashi only provides counter service.
My favourite Japanese lunch to order is Katsu Chicken Curry ($9), due to the combination of crispy chicken and the mild curry sauce. At Musashi, I found the quality of the chicken to be really good (it’s not the scary grey-looking chicken that some places serve) and the serving is very generous. I’ve had a few of these dishes around Perth and definitely think that Musashi does an excellent version.
On another occasion, I ordered a serving of Takoyaki ($5.80) to share with a colleague, as she hadn’t tried it before. Due to it being a takeaway shop, the takoyaki was a little lukewarm and not as crispy as it usually is, however it still tasted excellent. There was a balance of potato and octopus within the dumpling balls and in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with deep-fried octopus balls!
I’ve also ordered various sushi from Musashi as well, which are all made fresh and are reasonably priced (a small serving will set you back $4, whereas a large serving is $7.40). I also like that they provide pickled ginger at no extra cost. Bonus!
I have had one disappointing dish at Musashi unfortunately, which was the Teriyaki Chicken Bento box ($7.90). The chicken was a bit too sweet for my liking and the coleslaw was old and it tasted horrible. I liked the mash potato and there was heaps of chicken provided, however I wouldn’t order this dish again.
Musashi also has a ‘special menu’ which contains Udon Noodle soups and Katsudon. There are also a number of sides available, including potato croquettes, okonomiyaki and gyozas. All of the dishes are very reasonably priced and I would definitely recommend a weekday lunch at Musashi.
**If you have a recommendation for a weekday lunch in the Joondalup area, please feel free to let me know via the comment field below.