IZAKAYA JIRO, HAWTHORN: A popular Izakaya (casual Japanese sake/snacks restaurant) on the popular Glenferrie Road, Izakaya Jiro faces some tough competition for dining options, but definitely does well to assert its place here. With multiple groups dining flitting in and out throughout the evening, that resulted in some unfortunately slow customer service, but that was luckily offset by the delicious tapas-styled Japanese dishes.
The good fat: Definitely quite happy with the quality of how fresh the sashimi selection was – the salmon was by far the most palatable for us, and each of the slices complemented the soy sauce with wasabi very nicely. The wagyu tataki had an adorable raw quail egg balanced delectably in the centre, that added a level of smooth richness when blended with the rest of the mixture.
I can’t go past the Japanese hotate (scallops) with rich cheesiness on top – this had a velvety blanket of spicy mayo and cheese baked at the top. A similar flavour profile was exhibited by the lobster tail, with small chunks that tumbled out of the shell so cleanly, but sweet and tender within. The yakitori (chicken thigh) skewer was our unanimous favourite, a honeyed light glaze to serve up a seemingly plain and ordinary piece of meat. Another small surprise was the tastiness of the Tsukune, chicken ball skewer – probably some of the most delicious meatballs I’ve had! A difficult flavour to pinpoint, but it was of the most decadent texture, breaking into small bouncy morsels in the mouth. The black sesame panna cotta is also a must!
The bad fat: The spicy mayo was slightly overpowering in both the lobster and the scallops, which detracted away from the rustic simplicity of the seafood taste. Service was also quite slow as it got busy throughout the night.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – I LOVE Japanese food and the sashimi here is of utmost quality! Melbourne Japanese barely ever disappoints and Izakaya Jiro is just one such restaurant.
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2wofatgirls would like to thank Izakaya Jiro for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.