Purple Peanuts is not what you would expect from a traditional Japanese eatery and neither is the name. But, what’s in a name?
It’s a fast food venture of sorts and upon opening in late 2010, Purple Peanuts immediately stood out from other Japanese restaurants for their special brown rice sushi rolls. While this offering is no earth shattering feat, Purple Peanut’s willingness to offer modern takes on traditional foods permeates through the menu (hand written and strung up on brown paper on the wall). Their sushi comes high in quality and variety, offering quite spread of inari, handrolls and onigiri, all at an affordable price.
Aside from sushi, other options include the rice balls, an easy snack on the go. And bridging the gap between cuisines, Purple Peanuts also offers tofu or prawn burgers, as well as several curries – all served with their brown rice.
It’s a casually, mismatched place with Japanese toys and confectionery littered around the place as busy city diners bustles through the small eatery. There’s something refreshing about the quirky, no frills nature at Purple Peanuts. A good one for busy city lunch goers.