Coen sushi and donburi restaurant
There are more than enough cafes in Mt Eden Village but it seems that there is room for a new Japanese food restaurant. One of the cafes recently changed hands and has been transformed into Coen sushi and donburi restaurant. Open in its new guise for only a month or so, it seems to have already developed a steady trade of customers.
I visited there one busy lunch hour to take home food for myself and my husband. Coen fortunately has colour photographs of the items on the menu for Japanese food novices like me, but the sushi selection on display that day was visually appealing and needed no such translation. In the interests of research, I selected three pieces and ordered Yaki dumplings, teriyaki chicken salad and tofu salad.
The sushi pieces ranged in price from $1-$3 and I selected a vegetable, raw salmon and avocado in brown rice and fried tofu with rice and prawns. I especially liked the vegetable sushi for its colourful appearance and with its delicious flavours of seaweed salad and red cabbage. The fried tofu with rice and prawns was like a little meal in itself.
I love Chinese dumplings but was not as enamoured with the Yaki fried dumplings (6 pieces/$7.50). Although flavourful they seemed dry to me.
The two salads were delicious and of the two, the teriyaki chicken ($11.50) was the best: several pieces of boneless chicken that had a light teriyaki sauce with lots of salad and tomato and topped with thin crispy potato slices (the chefs either use a mandoline or very sharp knives!). The tofu salad ($9.50) had several large pieces of cooked soft tofu that were a little too bland for my liking. I loved the thinly shredded cabbage with sesame mayo dressing.
Coen is open from morning to night, and the menu easily accommodates more substantial appetites with their Donburi (cutlets on rice), bento boxes and curry meals. Mt Eden is fortunate to also have the more up-market Haro No Yume Japanese restaurant, but when your tastebuds want Japanese food at a Cheapeats price, then Coen fits the bill.