It's great to see the food scene in Waterford being reinvigorated, as some form of recovery finally takes hold in the Crystal City. Mr and Mrs H had recently been praising a new Japanese restaurant that had opened in the former Johnny Fan's premise on High Street, and so it was duly put on the list for our next visit.
Kyoto Asian Street Food is firmly in the vein of many recent openings in Dublin. A light interior with solid wooden tables and benches reflect the Japanese heritage, while the menu also offers curries and dishes from other Asian cuisines. A series of hand-painted wall murals add colour to the sleek design. One of the most interesting things I noticed was the steady trade from younger customers, a sure sign that this restaurant has the right food for success.
|Interior at Kyoto Asian Street Food|
|Wall mural at Kyoto|
The menu has a good selection of sushi styles, from nigiri and sashimi to norimaki and futomaki. Traditional donburi (rice bowls with various toppings) are also on offer, along with a selection of curries, noodles and stir-fries.
A light and crisp Shojin salad with tomato, avocado and French beans with a tasty peanut tofu dressing (€7) got us started. Other dishes came from the kitchen as they were ready, including an interesting twist on the perennially favourite General Tso's chicken, but this time with crispy pieces of monkfish (€15.50). A bento box, a staple of Japanese lunchtimes, came with malay chicken curry, two pieces of sushi roll, excellent vegetable gyoza and brown rice (€10). 8 pieces of prawn and avocado norimaki (€9.50) and spicy tuna hosamaki (€6.50) rounded off a tasty and perfect lunch for 4.
|Crisp shojin salad|
|General Tso's monkfish|
|Lunchtime bento box|
Kyoto Asian Street Food is a perfect spot for a healthy light lunch while shopping in town, a casual catchup with friends, or even a date. A Japanese restaurant has been long overdue in Waterford, although I understand that a second Japanese is now opening in Ardkeen. A huge thanks to Maorong Zhuang for bringing a new style of eating to Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)51 854 762