Rating: 3 out of 5
707 Japanese Restaurant
16 George Street, North Strathfield 2137
One of those types that are right up there on the Supremely Annoying People scale are those that will go to a specialty restaurant and will order anything but the specialty. You know the ones – they will order fish at a steak restaurant, or the chicken at a seafood restaurant. I accept that they may have been dragged there against their will, but hey, they have either have inconsiderate dining companions, or they should quit being so picky.
Having said all that, 707 Japanese in North Strathfield specialise in Japanese BBQ, where you can order cuts of wagyu fillet and tenderloin or ox tongue, and cook it yourself over the hot plate in the middle of the table. It’s infinitely more fun when sharing with others, so on this occasion when none of my dining companions fancied a meat-fest, I was left to order noodles at a Japanese BBQ restaurant. Yes, I became one of those people!
The yaki udon beef came out on a pretty, rectangular plate, loaded with strips of beef and a rainbow of vegetables, including crunchy broccoli, red and green capsicum, cauliflower, bean sprouts, and shredded cabbage. The marinated beef was tender and juicy, and there was a good ratio of all ingredients so that I never felt like there was too much of one thing. The noodles were a good balance of soft, yet firm, chewiness, and it was nice contrast to the crunchy greens. The teriyaki sauce was sweet but not cloying, and brought everything together nicely.
The service here is friendly and polite, with my pot of hot green tea being refilled without even having to ask. The decor is modern yet comfortable, with lots of dark wood, and the food came out quickly. All in all, a solid and decent noodle experience.