“Ira shai mase! Welcome!”
There’s something undeniably heart-felt about this small Japanese restaurant in Southport, Japanese Food eXpress. It may be hidden around a corner in Southport Central, but when you find it, you know that you’ve stumbled across a special place. You’re not only greeted warmly, but in true Japanese style you’re made aware of the values of the restaurant: Energy, Smile, Greeting, Passion, Gratitude and Cooperation.
JFX is a favourite haunt of local workers and students who indulge in deliciously authentic Japanese food at the lowest price. The menu is divided into sections, but if in doubt, the waitress will explain the menu politely. There’s a good range of Japanese side dishes to share, such as Gyoza, Teriyaki karaage and Takoyaki, or you may just feel like a rice bowl or set meal. A standard Lunch box is $9 (or $11 with sashimi) for the meat, mixed salad, miso soup and rice. BBQ meat in a bowl with rice is $8 – $9, noodle dishes (such as the famous Chige Raamen) $9 – $15, or our favourite Grilled Teriyaki Beef Stone Pot $10. Waygu beef and ramen are also available. All lunches cost under $15, but for students, there’s even a 10% discount! There’s seating for around 20 inside the restaurant, or when the weather’s fine, you can sit outside in the sun. The food service is fast and friendly, and you can help yourself to a free miso soup while you wait. Express it may be, however it’s not rushed.
We have yet to try the Yummy Yakiniku Buffet, nineteen dishes for $24.90, a special evening meal which must be booked, but we travel across several suburbs to eat at this restaurant. It’s worth making the effort to find JFX. It provides true Japanese food and service and you’ll be warmly welcomed every time. Wine is available at under $20 per bottle.
Shop B5, 56 Scarborough St., Southport Ph: 07 5528 1616
Open: Mon – Fri 11.30am – 9pm; Sat – Sun 5pm – 9pm.
NOTE: JFX is also located at Nexus, Shop 18/105 Scarborough St., Southport.