Sunday, 27 November 2011

Izakaya Den - Melbourne - 114 Russell St (Basement), Melbourne

Can't tell you how many times I have been to this Japanese sake bar kind-a-place. After a night out watching a play, some dance, a movie, drinking or whatever excuse you can find.

Confusing to find, underground, dark, curtain entrance and near a clothes store - go figure.

There are no bookings, there are queues but after a couple of quirky cocktails, time does pass by.

Dinner is a full menu with shared dishes. You can order anything and it will be tasty and different to your usual Japanese fare. Tuna tataki, quail, corn or simply grilled barramundi. Sparks will fly!

Usually pay around $45-$50 for food and drink.

Please also make your way through the sake menu.

Lunch is a set menu affair.  $18 or $28.  It starts with tofu which I normally hate but I can eat this one.  Then some raw fish - generally excellent although the kingfish I had last time was a tad tough. Then followed by a main of your choice - wagyu, barramundi - along with some pickled vegies.

It is all good my friends and the service is excellent.

Love it, love it, love it. You must go for dinner.

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