Restaurants

Mori Japanese Cuisine | The Verdict

By Peta Brady - 29 Mar 2018

Mori Japanese Perth


If you walked past Mori without so much as a second glance I bet you wouldn’t be the first. Quietly tucked away next to the Inglewood Civic Centre, and politely camouflaged with a rather unassuming shop front, it could almost be mistaken for a basic lunch bar, but there’s not a sandwich in sight.

Upon closer inspection you’ll realise you’ve stumbled across something great. Something delicious, and not at all pretentious. You might even feel a bit special—like you’ve discovered something no one else knows about. The street signage is pretty much non-existent, and the only real giveaway is a small sign out back in the Civic Centre carpark. Once you find it though, you’re in for some serious traditional Japanese cuisine, all served with a smile.

Mori Japanese Perth

Boasting a rather extensive lunch and dinner menu, Mori offers all the classic dishes we know and love, including a healthy selection of vegetarian options. For lunch, I tend to grab one of their weekday specials—which are especially handy when you’re short on time, and at just $10 a pop they’ll keep your weekday budget in check.

The stir-fried yakiudon with veggies is a particular favourite of mine, but if you’re not in the mood for noods might I suggest the chilli pork on rice, or chicken katsu with curry. A selection of sushi rolls and sashimi are also available for those on the go.

Mori Japanese Perth

After dark the lunch bar vibe all but disappears, and the tiny restaurant takes on a slightly more romantic feel, adorned with twinkling fairy lights. It’s the perfect place for an easy dinner with friends or even a low-key date night. Choose from their range of smaller dishes—like agadashi tofu, gyoza and karaage—to create your own share selection or treat yourself to a big bowl of donkotsu ramen, teriyaki beef, or a bento box. If you’ve got room, finish off with the black sesame ice-cream and roll on outta there.

While this might not be the fanciest place in town, Mori is well worth a visit. Do yourself a favour friends, and add this one to your list.

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Mori Japanese Cuisine Perth

Image credit: Nancy Hanna

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