TOPSHOP and Izakaya Chuji

2011 has undoubtably been a busy year for the Australian fashion industry. Being a land “girt by sea” Australia is constantly lagging behind, whether it is fashion or technology. So it was to my delight when Zara decided to call Melbourne’s Bourke Street “home.”

It was not until I heard on the radio that I realised that Topshop had also recently set-up shop in Chapel Street. Chapel Street is renowned for its myriads of shops, ranging from high-end stores to old school pawnshops.

Caught up in the hype, I dragged Caroline along to visit Topshop. The prices were as expected: beyond the grasp of unemployed students such myself. We also took the opportunity to visit Izakaya Chuji.

There are many Japanese restaurants here in Melbourne and to be frank, few can be considered decent; which is why I enjoy eating at Chuji. The interior is also quite true to the izakaya style with its dim lighting and large posters of pasted on its walls.

They are better known for their bento and upon arrival, you will be handed  an ordering sheet individually. Vegetarians simply tick vegetarian option at the bottom. The set usually comes with rice, miso soup, agedashi tofu, vegetable tempura, maki rolls and stir-fried vegetables.

Alternatively, you can go through each section of the menu and select one from each category- creating your own personalised set. The prices is quite reasonable, for $14.50 you get a filling meal with a variety dishes.



  1. Jasmine · December 27, 2011

    So jealous you’ve already been! It sounds so good and I’ll definitely try out that restaurant when I go there. But yeah it’s sad how we barely have any of the popular international stores. :(

    • iamnotscared · December 28, 2011

      Agreed. Furthermore, our seasons are opposite to the rest of the fashion world; so we’re always seasons behind! I heard that Forever21 and Abercrombie&Fitch may be coming next year. I’m not sure whether it’ll be in Melbourne or Sydney though. For our sake, let’s hope they pick Melbourne! Hahaha

  2. shenshennie · December 30, 2011

    Naw, no pictures of food? But like you said though there are lots of Japanese restaurants around there are only few that have the ‘standard’. Not to mention Izakaya Chuji is cheap, so I think I’ll try it when I’m able to one day!

    • iamnotscared · January 3, 2012

      Yeah! Sorry to disappoint! The lighting is pretty dim in there, so the photos turned out really blurry. :(
      To be honest, I’m also pretty bad when it comes to food photography- definitely something I’ll need to work on!

  3. sammersyong · December 31, 2011

    Don’t mean to be a grammar nazi but you don’t need the apostrophe in the ‘its’ you used in this post. The post is really well written but look out for those little grammatical errors here and there!

    Proud of you, cousin, and keep up the great posts! :)

    • iamnotscared · January 3, 2012

      Thanks for the correction Sam, I’ve updated the post! I’ll be more careful next time! :)

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