Opened by the Astronauts Group’s Darren Wee and wife Cecilia, the same people behind Babette and Chillax Café, Ninja Bowl offers a laidback vibe that seems more Sunday brunch than weekday bustle, if not for its signature one-dish bowls. They don’t do build-your-own-bowl just yet, but there are eight different bowls to choose from. We love the Buta ($14) made with Japanese aburi chashu, cherry tomatoes, onsen egg, roasted pumpkin and ume-pickled apples, for the way salty and sweet blend together in one seamless bite. We should also mention that the bowls start off without carbohydrates; the choice is yours to have a light meal or add wholesome options such as quinoa ($3) or orzo pasta, a short-cut pasta tossed with honey, multigrain mustard, muso and chilli ($2).
15 Duxton Road. Tel: 6222 8055.