927 Burke Road Hawthorn East 3123
(03) 9882 9818
Ideally located on Burke Road Camberwell near the railway station (technically the west side of Burke Road is Hawthorn East) Wa Fu offers a reasonably priced mix of Japanese food and a decent house Sake.
This use to be my closest Japanese Restaurant, so I’ve been here a few times and continue to go back. It’s not the greatest Japanese Restaurant in Melbourne, indeed it’s far from it, but it’s an affordable, quick eat.
The food is enjoyable without being great: the tempura dishes are light and care is shown. Dishes such as the Teriyaki chicken though lack authenticity: you could be eating Chinese in a Teriyaki sauce for its legitimacy as a Japanese dish, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it.
My favorite treat at Wa Fu is the house sake: it’s cheap ($6 for a small ceramic jug), it’s served hot, and the staff readily refill your glass as you go.
The rest of the menu is middle range standard fare: you can’t really muck up Sushi after all. There’s a small range of Japanese deserts, and the wine list is reasonable if not exciting.
3 stars out of 5
For: affordable, usually fairly quiet (book on a Fri/ Sat), quick and good service
Against: not very authentic