Students at Monash University’s Caulfield campus have got it made with this little ripper of a cafe around the corner. And boy, don’t they know it! Come lunchtime, Uzu bursts at the seams like an overstuffed gyoza.
With just a few tables and a handful of stools at window-front benches, seating is hotly contested. But don’t let this deter you. Takeaway tastes just as good. It’s always reassuring when an eatery’s kitchen can be seen from the dining area, and Uzu’s hard-working chefs are on full display behind the counter.
Kitchen and waitstaff alike appear unfazed by the impatient throngs; meals are served quickly and with a smile. The chef’s special, takoyaki (lip-smacking octopus balls in sweet soy sauce), is perennially popular; fresh sushi rolls hit the spot; and the donburi – particularly the thick, luscious curries – don’t disappoint.
The miso soup, crazy-cheap and not nearly as salty as some, should be obligatory. While the menu offers no real surprises, and the decor is nothing special, Uzu’s low prices and great quality keep ‘em coming back for more.
2 Derby Road, Caulfield East
(03) 9571 6792, www.uzu.com.au