Purple Peanuts is fast food venture of sorts that opened in 2010. It immediately stood out from other Japanese restaurants because of it's special brown-rice sushi rolls. While this offering is no earth shattering feat, Purple Peanut’s willingness to offer modern takes on traditional food is all over the menu (hand written and strung up on brown paper on the wall). The sushi is high in quality and variety with quite a spread of inari, handrolls and onigiri, all of which are affordable. 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 a punk aesthetic, Japanese toys, knick knacks and confectionery littered around the place, and some kick-arse tunes in the background. There’s something refreshing about the quirky, no frills nature at Purple Peanuts that makes it a really good option for a non-traditional traditional Japanese lunch.

Updated: June 16th, 2021

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