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Dera Uma, Sydney

Dera Uma is the third of the triplet sis­ter stores serving clas­sic Japanese fare in Skyview Plaza that N and I always passed up for in favour of Mappen Noodle Bar or Oiden. Its seat­ing area in the thor­ough­fare of the plaza rather than in its own space was a bit off put­ting. But with Oiden closed for renov­a­tions in February and a crav­ing for Japanese curry rice, we ful­filled our curi­os­ity for Dera Uma.

This is the Curry & Beef Hamburger (reg­u­lar, $9.90) with an added Ontama ($1.50) because there is always space for runny eggs in my stom­ach.

The curry had a pleas­ant sweet­ness, which is typ­ic­al of Japanese cur­ries, with a gentle heat and just enough to go with the rice. Unfortunately, the rice was slightly over­cooked, so too soft to hold up against the wet curry and left the dish miss­ing that deli­cious more­ish mouth­feel when eat­ing curry. The ham­burger was fla­vour­ful, although it could’ve been more juicy and tender. Overall, though, the dish sat­is­fied my crav­ing for Japanese curry even though it wasn’t the best.

Our first vis­it to Oiden wasn’t a hit either, so I’m will­ing to return to try oth­er items on their menu.

Dera Uma is loc­ated at Shop 6, Skyview Shopping Plaza, 545 – 551 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000.