Dining at Mappen, Oiden, and Derauma // Washoku Lovers foodie event ˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞*✰

Last weekend I was invited by Washoku Lovers to attend a blogger foodie event across 3 restaurants in the Sydney CBD. The 3 restaurants are Mappen, Oiden and Derauma, which are all under the same management. 

Mappen is a noodle bar where you can have udon or soba and different soup or topping too. They also have side dishes which you can add onto your plate at very affordable prices. 

Oiden is a donburi rice bowl bar, which is located right next to Mappen. Like Mappen, there are various toppings for each rice bowl and you can have additional side dishes. Derauma is just across from Oiden and focuses on selling bento lunch boxes at affordable prices. 

All 3 restaurants' menu has dishes that are under AUD$10, which makes it super affordable for students or those who are on a budget. 

As bloggers and instafoodies, who were invited, started to arrive the food that were recommended by each restaurant came out. Of course, as foodies, we took forever to take photos and we were all hungry by the end of the photo session! 

We started the day with Mappen's Tonkatsu Deluxe Udon. It comes with hot tonkatsu soup, menma (bamboo shoots), spring onions, grilled pork, pickled mustard vegetables and sesame seeds. The broth was delicious, the udon was bouncy and firm and the other toppings were perfect. 

Next dish was the Pork Lovers, the pulled pork was full of flavour and the broth was slightly thicker compared to the Tonkatsu Deluxe Udon, but still had wonderful flavours. 

We also had a few tempura side dishes, which were made to perfect with their crispy thin batter and fresh flavours. 

From Oiden we had the Curry Onsen Tamago. The Japanese curry is not spicy at all making it suitable for all, plus the soft boiled egg was cooked to perfection as the yolk came oozing out. My favourite topping for Japanese curry is definitely the pickled red radish. 

Next was the Hashed Beef Rice, where the beef slices were tender and had a generous serving too. Again, the onsen tamago (soft boiled egg) was cooked to perfection too. 

The Unagi Bento from Dera Uma was definitely my favourite dish of the day and it definitely was the most popular amongst us bloggers who went too

The Special bento came with a hamburg patty, beef slice and onsen tamago too. The hamburg was rich in flavour and the beef slices were tasty! 

Below I left the event I took a sneaky shot of the fellow foodies who I finally got to meet in person! 

I cannot believe it is already the last day of June, meaning we are already half way through the year. The last few weeks of the month have been super exciting as I just received a few offers for a full time position, plus I have just joined the Washoku Lover family too! My first blog post for their website just came up this morning regarding about another foodie event I went to last night! So do check it out!!

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