Saturday, September 26, 2009

...What, we have to cook our own food?

Pepper Lunch
537 George Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9264 3555

It's taken a while to get this post up but excuses aside this place comes upon recommendation by Magic G and Maz T (though this might be a concern for folks in Japan). It's a popular hangout with anyone looking to cook their own meal... The concept revolves around your meal - meat, vegies and rice served to you in a sizzling claypot but you cook them to your preference (not the rice though- that's silly!). This is great for anyone who likes to flirt with danger when they eat- whether it's suffering burns from the hot plate, or gambling with undercooked meat, the reality is- this place is a popular choice for cheap meal for anyone close to this end of town.

The meat choices are standard cuts of chook, moo or fins and it's served with a dab of 'special' butter that looks like English mustard but which yields a nice creamy taste to the meat. To spice things up there are also some condiments sauces and the hot Sriracha Chillli sauce and Shichimi Togarashi which is a chilli powder mixed with orange peel, sesame seeds and seaweed (mmmm... umami goodness!)

I've found lots of other posts of people's experiences at Pepper Lunch so check them out here, here, here and here.

So next time you feel like eating and you don't mind a bit of cooking as long as you don't have to wash the dishes, it's good to know there's something out there to cater for your desires- trust the Japanese!


  1. Didn't Kramer have this idea? 'Make your own pizza pie'???? i don't know if i'm terribly fond of this type of cooking. the idea of eating out is to take the hassle out by having someone else do it AND clean up after you. Next thing you know, these establishments will branch out to become a Bring-Your-Ingredients-Over, Cook-It-On-Our-Stoves & Clean-Up-After-Yourself restaurants! Crazyyy!!

  2. Agreed Serenity, although I think that's already happening- there's a few places sprouting with communal ovens catering to those with their own ingredients etc. Isn't Babka's meant to do that?

    I like the idea, but you're right we tend to want to escape from the experience of having to cook our own food when we eat out.

    This way any blame for uncooked meat should be going to the consumer who doesn't cook their meat properly!


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