When I lived in Japan, if you didn’t feel like Japanese the only other food option was a Japanese Italian fusion. These dishes destroy Italian food as the sauces are way too sweet. This is why I’m pretty sceptical of Japanese fusions but the cute little Nico Cafe caught my attention with it’s charm down Franklin St.
My mum used to cook rice in tomato when I was a kid so this wasn’t a weird concept for me – it kinda tastes like rice infused with bolognese :P Topped with a white sauce and cheese gave a creaminess (if you’ve ever ate Japanese white curry this is what it’s like). Hidden in the middle is a poached egg with a gooey egg yolk center covering the diced chicken and onion. Tasty dish and quite filling for a $12 lunch.
Chicken Doria ($11.90)
Mmm matcha affrogato tasted pretty good – the bitter shot of coffee went well with the scoops of matcha icecream. They’ve done a good job with the icecream as there was a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. The only gripe I have is that parts of it were icy – people that know me know that I’m not a fan of icy icecream.
Matcha Affrogato ($5.90)
Cute little cafe tucked away on Franklin St where you feel like you’re in a Korean drama. It has a really nice atmosphere where it feels like you’re in an outdoor garden. Would’t hesitate to come back to try more of what they’ve got.