Usually two things come to mind when speaking of Japanese food. There’s the highly vinegar-y sushi packs with cold, tightly-packed rice from food courts, or there’s the delicate degustation-like eating experiences with ice sculptures and micro-greenery. Janken (pronounced jaang-kehn) is neither of those things. This Jervois Road resident delivers healthy, homemade japanese cuisine; their delicate selection of gozen (or set meals) are a sight to behold, with the crockpot chicken steaming under a tiny flame, the broth clear with a perfect balance of sweet-savouriness which you can scoop out with wooden spoons. The staff are chirpy and helpful with their explanations of homemade pickles and macrobiotic desserts. Did we mention that nearly everything’s gluten-free, and there’s more than one vegan option? Shocking we know. We’re also a fan of how they can bring an aura of warmth and character to the industrial interiors (spot the felt blankets and a hiding Godzilla). The huskies left feeling like they’ve made a friend in this cozy Janken home. Reserve your seat (there ain’t a lot) today, and make sure you stay for their desserts.
Katie had the Crockpot Chicken Gozen with free range chicken thigh and meatballs slow cooked in a light teriyaki soup, and a Pork Belly Steamed Bun. She said, “Nice home-made japanese food! Warm industrial vibes too, come in small groups.”
Mel had Today’s Gozen Lunchbox - Mackerel fish. She drank a Kombucha. She said, “Was a great chance to enjoy some unique Japanese cuisine. Service was lovely and the space was relaxed with a little bit of creative edge.”
Bri had the Organic Tofu Gozen with Goma Sauce with organic tofu with chunky vegetables cooked in a sesame sauce. She drank water and miso soup. She said, “Service and presentation was amazing, food was perfect - love how vegan friendly this place is!”
Jeffrey had the Chan Chan Miso Salmon Gozen with Mt. Cook alpine salmon with seasonal vegetables cooked in garlic miso sauce. He said, “food & service was great.”
Phil had Today’s Gozen Lunchbox - Mackerel fish. He drank a Kombucha. He said, “Was a great chance to enjoy some unique Japanese cuisine. Service was lovely and the space was relaxed with a little bit of creative edge.”