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Teriyaki Boy, Balmain

June 25th, 2010  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  6 Comments

Amy Richardson – who started her wonderful Pretty Pretty Yum Yum blog while living in Osaka – is one of the most Japanese-savvy people I know. So when she tipped Teriyaki Boy in Balmain as her fave place to get her tempura/agedashi/sashimi fix, I knew I had to try it out.

And yes, this cosy eatery pretty much does your standard menu – Agedashi Tofu ($10), Nasi Dengaku ($10), various dinner box sets, etc – but what makes it note-worthy are the small-scale, endearing touches, such as the cute paper table settings and the sweetly eccentric way the restaurant publicises its complementary starter: on the blackboard, it simply says: Fresh Cabbage with Sesame Oil $0. (Deep-fried Soba also recently flaunted such a price-tag.)

Teriyaki Boy, Balmain

I have a soft spot, too, for the smart spins on certain dishes, such as the Wasabi Caesar Salad ($10), which comes with a generous zig-zag of peppery mayo and the crunch of deep-fried tempura crisps. Or when staff members remember you’re vegetarian, even though you only mentioned it once, weeks ago when you booked, and, unprompted, they go to fine lengths to make sure your agedashi tofu isn’t snowed under bonito flakes or bathed in some fishy dashi. And, when you ask for the bill, the waiter actually draws a big anime-style grinning cat that says ‘Thank you!’ on the back of the total!

Sure, the Nasi Dengaku is oversauced, and Teriyaki Boy doesn’t stand out on every single count, but it makes a warm and likeable impression. If there was a restaurant exchange program, I’d gladly trade it for one of my locals.

Teriyaki Boy, 481 Darling Street, Balmain NSW (02) 9555 6510.

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  1. cravenmaven says:

    Good to know. I pass a Teriyaki boy in the village often and have been curious. Will have to check it out for lunch this summer.
    Wasabi Cesar salad sounds right up my alley!

  2. Sounds like a nice little place and the free cabbage salad is a nice touch

  3. amy says:

    haha! glad you liked it! the staff are so nice 🙂 ooh i love cabbage with sesame….. yay!

  4. Madam Wu says:

    I’ve been meaning to try this place and you can never have too much sauce!

  5. Japanophile says:

    Go on Tuesday, it’s usually quiet. If you like sashimi, at TB it is melt-in-the-mouth wonderful. Lovely staff, great food, Relaxed atmosphere (no fancy up-market decore here). Commendable.

  6. Tessa says:

    Oh no you missed a few of the best things on the menu! The deep fried mud crab dim sim is AMAZING. As well as the spinach with miso and sesame and the wafu beef steak cooked medium. It’s our weekly go to and we’ve been going for 15 years.

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