Yume is another relatively new casual Japanese eatery on Brunswick St. I chose to eat there early in the evening before the recent state final of the Raw comedy competition. The menu includes a few dishes I have not seen on the menu at similar places and I was curious to see how it compared to Happy Kappa. I started with a deliciously smooth Kirin beer and looked out on the street through the open French doors near the front table.
My entree of takoyaki (above) arrived promptly and was divine. Pieces of octopus are surrounded by balls of thick soft pancake like dough, fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside. I could have eaten 20 but that would be greedy. My tonkatsu ramen (below) was also satisfying, and the pork cutlet was tender and juicy. The soup base was subtly flavoured and doesn’t contain as many ingredients as you get in ramen at places like Ajisen Ramen on Bourke St in Melbourne, but I still emptied the bowl.
I promised Aileen from Yume that I would try their food in a comment on a previous story, and I’m glad I did. Jesska also likes Yume and I think it’s a good addition to Brunswick St. To be fair I will also try Kazen and Akari further south on Brunswick St (I have already reviewed Cocoro and Peko Peko on the Fitzroy side of Smith St). Then I will be able to compare all the Japanese places in Fitzroy (have I forgotten any others?).