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Fountain Gate says Konnichiwa to Rice Workshop

Rice Workshop is creating the real taste of Japan in a bowl, every day at Westfield Fountain Gate, opening the location in late July 2015. Proving that fast, fresh and flavoursome Japanese food is more than sushi and sashimi, Rice Workshop offers you with the ability to try the flavours of Japan’s urban street culture.

Rice Workshop is a concept developed by entrepreneur David Loh and his chef, Tomohiro Suzuki. They both found that although Japanese food is available in Australia, people are unable to try edgy and exciting Japanese food that encompasses the pop-tastic and trendy place Japan is known for.

After recognising this gap in the market they decided to open the flagship Little Bourke Street store in Melbourne’s CBD 18 months ago. After instant success ten stores have opened around Melbourne (Westfield Fountain Gate, Westfield Geelong, Pacific Werribee, Emporium Melbourne, Chinatown Little Bourke St, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Knox City, Box Hill, Eastland Shopping Centre, and Northland Shopping Centre) and their first interstate store in Westfield Sydney CBD.

Rice Workshop’s legendary ‘Stewed Beef Rice Bowl’ has proven to be a crowd pleaser, renowned for its incredible flavour. A bowl of thinly sliced beef cooked to perfection, simmered with onion and a secret recipe soya broth of herbs and spices, poured over rice and topped with a soft boiled egg if you please.

If beef doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can also choose from a range of other options such as teriyaki chicken, tempura prawn udon noodles, salmon, or Katsu curry. If you are not a fan of rice do not worry… all toppings can be served over a house-made salad, making it a healthy yet delicious choice for everyone! Add-ons can also be included such as tempura vegetable pancakes or a cup of miso soup amongst other things.

David Loh says; “We are transporting authentic Japanese culture to Melbourne, mimicking the service style which is ubiquitous at the moment with self-serve base dishes with extras added by the in-house chef. Rice Workshop promises to be a must visit luncheon destination for the epicurious.”