I particularly love the suburb of Vic Park in Perth for its myriad of different cuisines meshed with other bits and bobs in the area, but the dominance of restaurants and cafes along the long stretch of road unmistakably makes it a haven for foodies (I use that term with reluctance. The wisdom of Urban Dictionary tells me I'm much more of an eatie).
Our every intention to stuff our face with multiple bentos was thwarted by a sign stuck on JBento's entrance stating that had run out of ingredients on a very busy day. Saddened by this fact but knowing we had to move on, our instincts led us across the road to Jayusigan, which was practically full house at lunch time. We squeezed into the centre table, taking note to keep our elbows close to our body to avoid any elbowing of nearby heads.
Walking into the restaurant is like walking into a breath of hot air, as I recall the same stuffy, humid, icky feeling the last time I ate here. It is a small restaurant and simply leaving the door open doesn't relieve the restaurant of all the heat and steam rising from the numerous hearty bowls of soups and stews that turn the place into a delicious-smelling sauna. Although the wonderful aromas really add to the dining environment, dining here at peak lunch hour can get a little uncomfortable. I do have a terrible soft spot for Jayusigan though, as I really enjoyed it from the first time I wandered in accidentally en route to another restaurant and discovered that they had just opened.
Mini side dishes
Seaweed, pickled radish, kimchi
But oh my, the small flaky seaweed flakes blew me away that it deserves a rave! There are small visible grains of salt that give it a really addictive salty hit and its crispiness gives each mouthful a delightful crackle - kind of like popping candy almost! But salty instead of sugary - on top of little bursts of flavour. It seems deep fried and is so sinfully good, but I couldn't pry myself away nor could I stop, and I didn't, until they were all gone :)
Fried Fish cake - $3.50; Rice cake - $3.50
|They say colourful food is good for you!|
The flavours are bold, strong and could make you thirsty, but don't try to quench it with the bowl of soup it comes with - it is UNbelievably salty. We all think each other are exaggerating the extent of the salt laden soup so we all end up graciously taking turns pulling faces at the bowl of seawater we just drunk. We can't help but think that this surely is a mistake!
Korean style pancake - $9
The chilli soy sauce laced with sesame seeds and spring onions was a good sauce on its own, but I preferred to have the pancake without it because it took away the crispiness, particularly at the edges where it was most golden and were my favourite part. Small bits of mung bean, bean sprouts, cabbage and pork are scattered within the pancake, which is thin and pan-fried until a crust is formed on the outer side. Forget the like button, I'm pressing the love button.
Restaurant seating - this is more or less the size of the restaurant
I've heard that staff members here are a little aloof but with only one person serving an entire floor of customers, I think it's completely understandable. If you do come outside of peak eating hours as I did previously, the service as I experienced it was more attentive and personable.
Hey, we can try as much as we want but we can't always be at our best can we?
Jayusigan, Victoria Park
Monday - Sunday: Lunch and dinner
Closed Tuesdays (at time of enquiry)
Tel:(08) 9470 1372
Shop 5, 393 Albany Highway, Victoria Park WA 6100
(Entrance via Leonard Street)