Izumi on Marcus Clarke Street sells itself as a Japanese cafe, but looks a lot more Korean when you get onto the menu.
Today, having discovered a lack of cheap lunches on Childers Street (Hello? Student market?) I ordered the large Bul Go Gi set, which goes for $9.90 from Izumi.
The joint was really jumping when I popped in, lots of people getting lunch just after 12.
The tempura was a touch on the soggy side, but the Bul Go Gi (marinated, grilled beef strips) was delicious.
The fermented mung beans worked nicely to even out the flavours, the rice was sticky enough to eat with chopsticks.
Value for money these japanese/korean lunchboxes are just head and shoulders above anything being offered by the other eateries of Canberra and Izumi’s a worthy addition to the list.
(For more sub $10 lunches in Civic check the tag, if you’ve got recommendations let me know.)