Asakaze Japanese, Macquarie Centre - Sydney
Asakaze is a familiar sight in Sydney CBD and the shopping centres in its suburbs, offering quick meals at reasonable prices with its popular bento choices. I recently tried their unagi (eel) with rice combination for a snack before driving the road back home. Simply presented but tasty, this was at Macquarie Centre to the north-west of the Harbour Bridge. The name "asakaze" conjures visions of the wind from the sea after sunrise.
This apparently Korean-owned chain in Australia concentrates on well and tried Japanese menu favourites like chicken katsu, teriyaki, all types of "dons" and sushi hand rolls. My marinated and grilled eel was above average. Working staff at Asakaze joints tend to be young, perhaps students. The atmosphere is casual and often there are neighbouring retailers offering comparable East Asian food. The chain seems to be popular with couples, teenage groups and families - the menu can be somehow limited but good enough.