Hungry Wombat, Cairns City

CAIRNS | There’s so many great options if you’re looking for reasonably priced Asian food in Cairns. One of these is Hungry Wombat. It’s a small, family run Japanese cafe located in Orchid Plaza shopping centre.

Evocative of the kind of specialist hole in the wall spots you find in Japan, Hungry Wombat specialise in Sanuki udon noodles, a type of udon noodle that originated in Japan’s Kagawa prefecture. It’s characterised by its relatively square shape, flat edges, and quite chewy texture. The noodles at Hungry Wombat are hand made fresh on site each day. You enjoy them a variety of ways, hot or cold.

I enjoyed their popular cold wakame (a type of kelp/seaweed) udon, and the chicken katsu curry udon. Wonderfully textured noodles and brilliant flavours. If you don’t want noodles, there’s also an option for rice, but you really should try the noodles. There’s also a small selection of sides like tempura, and pickles.

Hungry Wombat

Shop 9, 58 Lake Street
Cairns City
Queensland 4870

Telephone: (07) 4031 2315
E-mail: [email protected]

Wed – Sat: 11:30am to 3:00pm, 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Sun: 11:30am to 3:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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