I've given up on trying to find a better bento in Perth - when something so simply good is a 10 minute walk away from my house, wallet friendly and uniquely delicious...why even bother? I rarely share photos of this place for two reasons - 1. I will eat the same bento every time and usually always be too ravenous to even snap a picture. 2. I thought I'd hang onto this place for a little while longer! However, as December is right around the corner, I've been reflecting about Japanese restaurants that could follow last year's list of Top 5 Japanese Restaurants. It's a no frills affair at Pacific Rim and that's how their loyal customer base love it - I'm proud to say that I've eaten here in a sleepy shirt and boxer shorts; it reminds me of the casual goodness that comes with eating out at a Singaporean hawker centre.
Where there is both creamy Tarragon Sauce and Japanese Kewpie Mayo, you will find me rubbing my palms together in delight. This is by far, the best Chicken Katsu I've ever had in Perth - it's superbly well cooked and retains both juiciness and crunch even after a 15 minute drive. Aside from the perfect katsu, it's the tarragon sauce that makes this simple bento stand out. It's delicate, rich and elevates the already magnificent chicken way beyond any bento I've experienced in Perth. The Tarragon Fish is also a magnificent choice, but I personally can't go past the satisfying crunch of great, super juicy Katsu Chicken. There are also two layers of katsu for you to work your way through, which I find to be a great value for money portion. Assorted fridge drinks start from $2 a can and it's a great thirst quencher on a warm evening, whilst you wait for your freshly cooked bentos to arrive.
Each bento, or as Pacific Rim call them, "plate" consists of a generous serving of fragrant steamed rice, a fresh salad, a pasta salad and a main component of your choice. This was my first time dining in, but usually a takeaway is enough to share between two as it's stuffed to it's full capacity!
Aside from Katsu, they also do various "fusion" options which incorporate influences from Hawaiian cuisine. I'm yet to make it in for Huli Huli Ribs night, but it's one of their very popular special offerings that are only available 3 days a week. If you'd prefer to go without the side salads, then a Wiki Bowl option (for usually around $1 less) is the way to go; your main is served just over steamed rice instead. However, the full bento plate option is definitely worth trying, especially if you're a first timer at Pacific Rim - my housemates loyally obsess over that pasta salad!
If you're into well cooked steaks and bursty prawns, then I say look no further. You don't always have to doll out the big bucks to get a satisfying feed in Perth after all. It's awfully nice that a suburban, mostly takeaway joint still holds itself to a high standard of putting out consistently good food. The staff are lovely, greeting you with an "Aloha" as you walk in and a "Mahalo" as you walk out. On this particular night, one of the owners even came around with a bottle of Japanese Kewpie and asked a couple of tables, us included whether we'd like a sauce top up. This isn't your average cheap eats for the struggling student - it's an experience within itself to enjoy good food amongst such great, hospitable business owners. So, now that I've shared my secret - go forth, Perth locals! Grab a few Pacific Rim bentos and a couple of beers, in support of a great local spot is exactly what you should be doing this fine Summer, and every season after that!
Tuesday to Friday - 11:30AM till 3:00PM for Lunch and 5:00PM - 8:30PM for Dinner
Saturday - Open all day from 11:30AM - 8:30PM
Last orders are taken at 8:00PM, closed Sunday and Monday.
Don't forget, it's your last day to enter my Gourmet Escape and Rekordelig Giveaway. All you need to do is like and share the competition post and you'll go into the draw of winning 2 Gourmet Village tickets and 2 free drink vouchers from the Rekordelig Cider Star Marquee.